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Public Administration

College of Professional Studies

Location: Lincoln
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The Public Administration major prepares individuals for careers in public service. As an interdisciplinary major, students experience integrated coursework from business, economics, sociology, political science, human relations, and communication. Students in this program have a passion for contributing to their community and making it a better place to live and work.

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Classes are offered to fit an adult learner’s needs! Courses are typically offered in 8-week terms to provide flexibility and to help make an adult student’s already full schedule more manageable and attainable. Online classes are completed fully online while on-campus evening courses meet once per week for each course.

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Doane University is committed to lifelong learning and leadership development. The Doane learning environment is unique because most of our faculty also work in their area of expertise. Also, Doane understands our students have employment and life experiences that will enrich the classroom experience, and we are dedicated to incorporating those experiences to enhance learning.

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Program Information

Emergency Management Directors
2018 Median Pay: $74,420 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2016-2026
Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies, often in coordination with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Budget Analysts
2018 Median Pay: $76,220 per year
Job Outlook: +7% from 2016-2026
Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending.

Management Analysts
2018 Median Pay: $83,610 per year
Job Outlook: +14% from 2016-2026
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Social and Community Service Managers
2018 Median Pay: $65,320 per year
Job Outlook: +18% from 2016-2026
Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage workers who provide social services to the public.

Medical and Health Services Managers
2018 Median Pay: $99,730 per year
Job Outlook: +20% from 2016-2026
Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Administrative Services Managers
2018 Median Pay: $96,180 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2016-2026
Administrative services managers plan, direct, and coordinate supportive services of an organization. Their specific responsibilities vary, but administrative service managers typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep.

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Requirements for the Public Administration Major:


A maximum of six credits of selected topics in PSI 271/371/471 may be applied to the major.
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