BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
The future environment faced by public and nonprofit organizations will be one of increasing complexity and rising expectations but with the challenge of decreasing resources. Designed with input from key public and private partners from the Coastal region, the Bachelor of Public Management (BSPM) is successfully preparing students to face the challenges of managing and leading dynamic government and nonprofit organizations. Rare for baccalaureate degrees and unique for the Southeast Georgia region, the BSPM provides students with key management competencies and decision-skills to support a wide range of organizations and complex policies. Program graduates will help address the growing need in these sectors for employees with strong management skills and a public service mindset.
Students may enter the Public Management major once they have completed 62 hours of program curriculum. Students then complete 36 hours from a core set of classes that provide the essentials for public and nonprofit management. To further tailor the degree to their specific interests, students then choose one of three concentrations for an additional 18 hours.
- Public Sector Management focuses primarily on the management of public sector organizations. The goal of this concentration is to provide marketable competencies that can be directly applied in the workplace, while instilling essential values to ensure that students thrive upon graduation in their new careers as public servants.
- The Nonprofit Management and Leadership concentration includes the same basic management classes as the other concentrations within the major but also provides opportunities for students to focus on nonprofit essentials including grant writing, fund-raising, and program planning and evaluation.
- The Public Policy concentration allows students to master essential management skills and to explore all major aspects of public policy, ranging from homeland security to social policy and environmental policy with additional courses that provide background in Constitutional law and planning.
Recent program graduates are readily finding work in the public and nonprofit sectors. Others are succeeding in graduate school, hoping to further their careers as government managers, policy analysts, government relations strategists, lobbyists, law enforcement leaders, and nonprofit managers. For information or to talk about the possibilities of majoring in Public Management, contact the department at 912-279-4569.