Degree Program Description
The BA in Public Administration and Policy within the Truman School of Public Affairs is an on-campus, online, hybrid program. The degree will prepare students to think critically about problems facing public and nonprofit institutions, to develop and implement solutions to these problems, and to communicate effectively as future public servants. The curriculum melds the study of public administration, public policy, and communication to prepare students for careers in professional public service.
Core courses in the curriculum cover the foundations of public administration, communication strategies for public policy change, and processes and techniques to evaluate program assessment and program improvement. A unique aspect of this proposed program is the focus on communication skills, with required courses from the MU Department of Communication. Courses such as argument and advocacy, political communication, and organizational communication will provide students with competency in this area. Additional courses in public affairs will provide student important training in key aspects of public and nonprofit administration, such as human resource management, nonprofit management, public service ethics and leadership, and local government management.