Program Overview

The Bachelor of Public Management is designed to provide a broad understanding of the administrative structures and functions found in public sector organizations. In addition to equipping students with foundation skills relevant to work in public sector organizations, the B.P.M. encourages study in related areas such as architecture, business, criminal justice, political science, psychology, social work, and urban and regional planning. In this way, students have an opportunity to adapt their programs of study to fit their own academic and career interests.

Admission Requirements

For admission to this program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the University as described in the "Admissions" section of the catalog. In addition to the general admission requirements, the following courses, or their equivalencies, must have been completed at the lower division level:

The Government of the United States POS 1041 3
Macroeconomics Principles ECO 2013 3
Information Systems Fundamentals ISM 2000 3
Introductory Statistics STA 2023 3

Students admitted without having completed the above prerequisites must complete them early in their junior year.
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Degree Requirements

To earn the B.P.M. degree, students must complete all of the requirements of the University described in the "Degree Requirements" section of the FAU Undergraduate Catalog. If a grade below a "C" is earned in a PAD-prefix course, the course must be retaken. In addition, the students must meet the specific course requirements.
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Required core courses (24 credit hours)
Public Management and Public Administration PAD 3003 3
Organizational Behavior and Administrative Communication PAD 3104 3
Public Budgeting and Finance PAD 4223 3
Public Personnel and Supervisory Practices PAD 4414 3
Administrative Process and Ethics PAD 4604 * 3
Quantitative Inquiry for Public Managers PAD 4702 ** 3
Research Methods for Public Management PAD 4704 3
Management Policies in Public Administration PAD 4933 *** 3

* Requires PAD 3003 as prerequisite
** Requires STA2023 or STA3163 as prerequisites
*** Capstone course, requires Senior standing

Public Management Electives (9 credit hours from the courses below)
Public Budgeting Techniques and Processes PAD 4228 *** 3
Program Evaluation in Public Management PAD 4320 3
Managing for Excellence in the Public & Nonprofit Sectors PAD 4332 3
Public Sector Labor Relations PAD 4426 3
Public Administration in State and Local Government PAD 4806 3
Directed Independent Study PAD 4905 ** 3
Special Topics PAD 4931 3
Computers in Public Administration PAD 3712 3
Introduction to Nonprofit Sector PAD 4144 3
Funding for Nonprofit Organizations PAD 4202 3
Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations PAD 4203 3
Government Internship + PAD 4941 + 3
Nonprofit Internship PAD 4942 3

**With Approval of the faculty and director of school.
***Requires PAD 4223 as prerequisite
+Government Internship requirement: Students with no significant experience in public sector organizations will be required to use 3 of the 9 PAD elective credits to complete the Government Internship course. Students with significant public sector experience must formally request a waiver of PAD 4941. A student who is granted the waiver is required to take a 3-credit PAD elective in lieu of the exempted PAD 4941 course.

Approved Electives, Upper Division (21 credit hours)

Electives are selected and approved in consultation with an advisor from disciplines such as Architecture, Business, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning. Within limits imposed by College or University policies, credits from this area may be used to satisfy deficiencies in general education requirements.

(6 credits)

Minor in Nonprofit Management

A minor in Nonprofit Management consists of 15 credits of upper-division course work. The minor is designed for nonprofit professionals and others who wish to take these undergraduate courses to enhance their skills. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each course. Grades of “C-” and below are not acceptable.

Minor Requirements
Introduction to Nonprofit Sector PAD 4144 3
Funding for Nonprofit Organizations PAD 4202 3
Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations PAD 4203 or 3
Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors PAD 4332 3
Nonprofit Internship PAD 4942 3

The internship (PAD 4942) is waived for students with demonstrated experience in the nonprofit sector or for students enrolled in SOW 4510.

Minor in Public Management

A minor in Public Management consists of 15 credits of upper-division course work. The minor provides the student with a base of knowledge about management issues in government, the application of management principles, administrative and regulatory procedures, due process and administrative ethics. Additionally, the minor exposes the student to specific areas of public management, including public personnel, budgeting and finance and organizational behavior. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each PAD-prefixed course. Grades of “C-” and below cannot be applied to the minor.

Minor Requirements
Complete the following 12 credits:
Public Management and Administration PAD 3003 3
Organizational Behavior and Administrative Communication PAD 3104 3
Public Budgeting and Finance PAD 4223* 3
Public Personnel and Supervisory Practices PAD 4414* 3
Complete 3 credits from the following:
Public Budgeting Techniques and Processes PAD 4228** 3
Program Evaluation in Public Management PAD 4320 3
Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors PAD 4332 3
Public Sector Labor Relations PAD 4426 3
Administrative Process and Ethics PAD 4604* 3
State and Local Government Administration PAD 4806 3
Special Topics PAD 4931 3

* Requires PAD 3003 as prerequisite.
** Requires PAD 4223 as prerequisite

Dismissal

Students may be dismissed from this degree program at any time for cause. Decision rule is majority vote of the SPA faculty.

Students may appeal such dismissal by sending a letter, with supporting documentation, to the Director of the School, who will place it on the agenda of the next faculty meeting provided the letter is received at least four days in advance.

For More Information

About program admission, scheduling, general college admission requirements and program advisement, including a program to bridge from an AS to the BPM, contact the following academic advisors:

Todd Hedrick
561-297-2316
thedrick@fau.edu

Or Fabio Rojas
(954) 762-5158
Frojas4@fau.edu

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