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Public Management

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Why study Public Management at APSU?

The Public Management degree is available at the Clarksville 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.


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.

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What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

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.

  • City Managers
  • Personnel Managers
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Non Profit Administrator
  • American Red Cross
  • Ombudsman
  • Dept. of Veteran's Affairs
  • Executive Director
  • Public Works Director