Department of Social Sciences

The Public Administration Program at Emporia State University provides a career-related education for the aspiring student who seeks entry into government (public service) at the local, state, and national levels, private sector organizations, and a strong foundation for entry into graduate or law schools. Students interested in careers in government, public sector management, or not-for-profit organizations have opportunity to participate in planned courses of study that emphasize organizational analysis of public administration, critical problem solving, personnel management, public law, public finance and budgeting, accounting, political science, international development, personnel management, and computer applications. While the program seeks to educate individuals talented enough to engage in activities on the forefront of leadership in public service and private industry, it has been designed to allow each student the flexibility in selecting courses that meet his/her specific needs and interests. Following this course of study serves well those interested in law school and/or graduate study in public administration, political science, business administration, and planning and policy analysis in non-profit agencies.

Course of Study

The course of study is designed to ensure, as a minimum, the acquisition of general knowledge or skills in American Government and Politics, principles of economics and public finance, elements of sociology, fundamentals of accounting, international and strategic management, oral and written communication, fundamentals of ethics or logic, computer information systems, and research methods and statistics. To achieve this objective, six specialized tracks or fields have been developed that integrates a general knowledge in the above areas with a more specialized career and professional focus.

1.  General Administrative Management [State and Local Government]
2.  Health Policy and Administration
3.  Criminal Justice Systems
4.  International Affairs and Management
5.  Public Financial Administration
6.  Non-Profit Organization Management

Students are encouraged to enter the Public Administration course of study during their freshman or sophomore years. They should not plan to enter any later than the first semester of their junior years.

Program Requirements

The interdisciplinary Public Administration course of study consists of 56 required core credits, 9-15 area or field credits, and 6-9 elective credits. The 71 unit study is formerly termed a "Bachelor of Science, with a major in Political Science (Public Affairs)." The program leading to the degree must meet basic minimum requirements.

Career Opportunities for Students of Public Administration

Students who specialize in Public Administration have found challenging and enriching careers in many fields of endeavor in government (federal, state, and local), private businesses, and non-profit agencies. Among these are:

  • City Manager
  • Health and Hospital Administration
  • City Personnel Director
  • Budget Officer
  • .Program Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Government Relations and Consultant
  • Policy Research
  • Law Officers or Investigators
  • Agency Directors
  • Law Firms
  • Elected Representatives
  • Private Business
  • Non-Governmental Agencies
  • and many more—check Public Service Careers and ASPA


A course of study within the Public Affairs concentration culminates in a practicum/internship program generally undertaken in the spring semester. The practicum allows students to combine theory and practice as well as acquire hands-on practical work experience in a chosen government or private sector agency.

Below are links to various federal and state government internship programs:

Links to Selected Graduate Schools of Public Administration

The Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Graduate Program in Public Administration
The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
Master of Public Administration Program
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

The Public Administration Program
The Rutgers State University, Newark, NJ

School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University, New York