Project Description


Overview | Curriculum | Careers

The Bachelor of Public Management (BPM) is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in public service as well as a broad understanding of the administrative structures and functions found in public sector organizations. If you are looking to make a difference in someone’s life by working for government or non-profit organizations, this degree will help you achieve your goal.

In addition to equipping students with the technical skills relevant to work in public sector organizations, the BPM encourages study in related areas such as architecture, business, criminal justice, political science, psychology, social work, and urban and regional planning. This way, students have an opportunity to adapt their programs of study to fit their own academic and career interests.

Online Curriculum

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, the prerequisite courses listed below or their equivalents must have been completed at the lower-division level.

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or state college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution.

Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the School’s designated date or within the first year after transferring to FAU and before reaching senior status (90 total credits).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.


Transfer of 3000-4000-level PAD coursework is not allowed unless by exception. Exceptions are to be made via the petition process at the time of admission, and requested transfer credits are limited to 9 credits in which the student earned a minimum grade of “C.” Under no circumstances will students be able transfer courses to replace Public Management and Administration (PAD 3003).

Prerequisite Courses:
All of the following courses are available online:

Course # Course Title Credits
POS 1041 Government of the U.S.


ECO 2013 Macroeconomic Principles


ISM 2000 Information Systems Fundamentals


STA 2023 Introductory Statistics



Required Core Courses:  21 credits
All of the following core courses are available online:

Course # Course Title Credits
PAD 3003 Public Management and Public Administration 3
PAD 3104 Organizational Behavior and Administrative Communication 3
PAD 4414 Public Personnel and Supervisory Practices 3
PAD 4604 Administrative Process and Ethics 3
PAD 4702 Quantitative Inquiry for Public Managers 3
PAD 4223 Public Budgeting and Finance 3
PAD 4704 Research Methods for Public Management 3


Core Electives:  12 credits

Choose 4 of the following courses; all of the courses listed are available online:

Course # Course Title Credits
PAD 3438 Communication Skills for Public Managers


PAD 3712 Information Technology in Public


PAD 4144 Introduction to Nonprofit Sector


PAD 4202 Funding for Nonprofit Organizations


PAD 4203 Financial Management
of Nonprofit Organizations


PAD 4228 Public Budgeting Techniques
and Processes


PAD 4332 Managing for Excellence in the Public
and Nonprofit Sectors



Approved Electives: Upper Division, 21 credits
Electives are selected and approved in consultation with the student’s academic advisor in the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Credits from this area may be used to satisfy deficiencies in general education requirements within limits imposed by College or University policies.
Free Electives (6 credits)

Sample Careers

  • City Manager
  • Finance Director
  • Human Resource Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Mayor
  • CEO of a Non-Profit

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Degree Details
College CDSI
Degree type BPM
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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