Public Management

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Major
  • Minor

Today, local governments and nonprofit organizations are looking for leaders to do more in the community with less resources. Public management draws on several disciplines, most notably political science, to prepare students to assume leadership roles in government and in private firms that deal extensively with government agencies. In our public management program, you will develop strong management skills essential to flourish in a multitude of pivotal opportunities.

Related programs:
Political Science Pre-Law


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Program Overview

As a student majoring in public management, you will take a mixture of required and elective courses designed to provide an understanding of the political and institutional contexts in which public policies are made and implemented and to inculcate the values and technical and managerial skills necessary for public sector management.

You will develop the qualities of mind and heart to serve as a leader of local communities and the world and not just as an informed citizen. While pursuing a career in public sector management, you will of necessity “embrace leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and technological world.” Your broad-based education in the liberal arts will encourage you to pursue work in government or related careers with integrity and social responsibility.

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Our experienced and successful faculty will help guide you through the journey of our public management program.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Tony Abbott, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Clay Henderson, JD, Samford University

Career Significance

The public management major at Stetson is designed to train you and graduate from Stetson University with the skills to move into public service oriented careers such as

Local Government

  • analyst
  • departmental head
  • city/county manager

Non-profit Organization

  • analyst
  • executive director

For-profit Organization

  • government relations analyst
  • government relations lobbyist

Some public management majors will pursue a Master of Public Administration immediately following graduating from Stetson, while others will move directly into employment and after gaining a few years of experience return to school to acquire their Master of Public Administration.

Career Outlook

Bringing value to local and regional communities and public entities is a critical function of government, and while the total number of career positions in this field are not large in total numbers, the impact of each of those positions is felt by everyone in the community. Many graduates go on to additional education at the master's level or law school. There are few positions open for graduates with little real experience — less than 15% nationwide ‘— so it will be important for students to work with faculty to make connections and build relationships while still in school.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.

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