Public Administration Degree at Alderson Broaddus University

Now more than ever, public servants, steeped in ethical decision-making practices, are needed at the federal, state, and local government levels. Our undergraduate program in public administration is a direct response to this need. Public administration students develop the skills they need to become ethical, accountable, creative, inclusive, and intelligent leaders in public service in a dynamic, and increasingly global environment.

Major Description:

A Bachelor of Public Administration from AB prepares students to enter their careers as they explore government and nonprofit decision-making and policy implementation. Students are tasked with becoming competent leaders through course work that involves high-level knowledge and understanding of human resource management, communication skills, budget/financial management, law, data analysis, and theory as it relates to the public sector.

Students emerge with various competencies to help strategize, plan, implement, and carry out a wide range of projects and initiatives in their current and future careers.
Students are also prepared to pursue master-level or terminal degrees in several different program areas.

Some exciting, well-known career paths include:

Federal Employment                             Civil Services
Educational Administrators                 Public Administration Consultant
Program Analyst                                     City Manager
Mayor | Executive Director                  Director of Development

Minor Description:

Alderson Broaddus University offers a minor in public administration. A minor is simply a secondary academic subject to add to your knowledge, whether it is of professional or personal interest. The public administration minor requires 18 credit hours. You will study American government, public administration, and public human resource management. You will also have the opportunity to study topics such as public policy, political economy, current economic and social issues, and so much more.

A minor, coupled with a major of your choice, can make you a more desirable candidate to potential employers.

Some of the most popular and hunted jobs in Public Administration:

  1. Tax Examiner

Tax examiners make sure that federal, state, and local governments receive all their tax money from businesses, organizations, and citizens. They are responsible for conducting audits, identifying the taxes that are owed and collecting overdue tax payments. If necessary, they assess penalties and make inclusive reports estimating current and future financial needs for government agencies. 

  1. Budget Analyst

Budget analysts have to find the most efficient ways to distribute funds and resources from various departments and programs within a governmental agency or institution. In addition to analyzing and managing budgets, analysts evaluate the performance of a governmental program and draft the legislation for public budgets. 

  1. Public Administration Consultant

Public administration consultants focus on delivering policy recommendations for meeting budgets, deadlines, and so on in a governmental institution. They may acquire specialization in a certain field and for instance, become public consultants in information systems or in logistics. Public administration consultants assist on projects in all the steps, from research to implementation. 

  1. City Manager

The job of a city manager is similar to the one of a CEO, in the sense that this person is responsible for making sure all the departments run efficiently and successfully. City managers are chosen by elected officials and can work for small towns or for large cities.

A city manager has to supervise all the activities of the city for which he/she works for and has to carefully manage all operations and budgets of each department within the city or county.

  1. Mayor

Being elected as the mayor of a city is probably the dream job for many Public Administration graduates. You should know that the path to becoming a mayor may be a long one and it will only come after several years of experience in working in the public administration domain.

Usually, some of the basic requirements are proofs of good leadership and great results or a high level of performance in one or more job positions held in the public administration.

  1. International Aid/Development Worker

Your work will involve traveling abroad and living in a foreign country (sometimes a war zone) for at least a few months and, for instance, being responsible for ensuring children in Africa get their basic vaccines or helping out survivors of the Syrian war.

Your job will be to assess emergency situations and closely collaborate with staff from various departments (doctors, police officers, social workers, etc.).

  1. Fundraising Manager

As a fundraising manager, your main goal will be to raise money on behalf of non-profit organizations (NGOs or charities) that have as their main goal to solve a social problem (help people in need), an environmental problem (reduce the effects of pollution), etc.

Whether working independently or managing a team of fundraisers, your duties will include developing a fundraising strategy and implementing it.

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