The Public Management degree is available at the Main Campus, the Ft. Campbell location,
and online. Through Austin Peay State University’s public management program, you
will gain the practical work experience – and technical and managerial skills – needed
to succeed in a variety of leadership roles. Your courses and experiences will prepare
you for careers in both public, quasi-public, and nonprofit sectors.
In addition to coursework covering topics such as urban planning, public policy analysis
and public sector management, public management majors can choose any of the university’s
minors, or select a concentration in criminal justice or general management.
The department's vision, "Instilling the values of public service", highlights the
mission which is to "Engage in teaching, learning, and research in order to provide
students the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become socially responsible
and productive citizens." The department faculty strives to meet the vision and mission
statements by promoting the public service values of "effectiveness, efficiency, social
equity, individualism, and liberty." The department's vision, mission, and values
align with the university's vision and missions to "create quality learning environments
. . . that instill in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge,
skills, and values for life and work in a global society.
What will I learn?
Students will develop an understanding of the core competencies of public management;
political and financial processes, personnel administration, policy development and
analysis, urban planning, and organizational development and behavior as they apply
to a diverse workforce and citizenry. In addition, students will examine and apply
the following: Research, decision-making and problem-solving skills, effective written,
verbal, interpersonal and information management skills essential for public administrators,
and workplace behaviors (leadership, team work, motivation, and personal ethics) needed
to perform effectively.
We are committed to developing your:
Understanding of the core competencies of public management - political and financial
processes, personnel administration, policy development and analysis, urban planning,
and organizational development and behavior as they apply to a diverse workforce and
Research, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Effective written, verbal, interpersonal and information management skills, essential
for public administrators.
Workplace behaviors (leadership, team work, motivation, and personal ethics) needed
to perform effectively.
What Do Public Management Majors Do After Graduation?
Public Management graduates have a wide variety of career opportunities in the government
and not-for-profit sectors. Public Management graduates have obtained employment in
state, federal, and local government agencies such as the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs,
the Office of Personnel Management, and the Tennessee Board of Regents. Graduates
have also been placed with not-for-profit agencies like the American Red Cross. Other
career opportunities are: