Public Administration

About Public Administration

In a fundamental sense, public administration involves the implementation of government policies. As an academic discipline, public administration trains students to become effective leaders responsible for implementing policies in any type of public or private organization. Students in the public administration program at Valdosta State University learn administrative skills that may be used in a variety of administrative careers and settings in both the public and private sectors.

Public Administration at Valdosta State University

The Master of Public Administration program at Valdosta State prepares pre-service students for careers in public service or in the non-governmental organization sector, while in-service students receive valuable training that will enhance their current careers or prepare them for a career change. The program is offered on campus, at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta and online. The Doctor of Public Administration Degree is a practitioner-oriented degree that helps students develop the essential leadership, management, communication and problem-solving abilities necessary to succeed in today’s professional environment. The doctoral degree is an online program.

Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Concentrations:

Human Resources Management (Moody Air Force Base)

Public Policy (online)

Public Sector Management (online)

  • Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)

About the Public Administration Curriculum

M.P.A.

Students in the Master of Public Administration program develop technical skills and become familiar with information management systems, learn about the ethical factors required of program managers and administrators in multicultural settings, and hone their oral and written communication skills. The program prepares students for productive and rewarding careers in public service or in the private sector.

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D.P.A.

The Doctor of Public Administration program is a practitioner-oriented degree that helps students develop the essential leadership, management, communication and problem-solving abilities necessary to succeed in today’s professional environment.  Courses in the Doctor of Public Administration program are designed to suit the information and skill needs of professionals currently in the field. The advanced degree provides students with analytical and research skills that may be used in a variety of professional careers.

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Careers*

  • Assistant city manager
  • Budget analyst
  • Budget director
  • Chief Information Officer
  • City administrator
  • City director
  • City manager
  • City planner
  • County executive
  • Court administrator
  • Economic development director
  • Environmental health administrator
  • Environmental health director
  • Finance officer
  • Human resources director
  • Municipal budget director
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Nonprofit Chief Operation Officer
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • Parks and recreation director
  • Policy director
  • Policy expert
  • Professor
  • Public works director
  • Public affairs director
  • Public relations consultant
  • Research analyst
  • Town manager

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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