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B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration - Managing in the Public Environment

Offered By: Walden University

In government agencies and the many private and nonprofit organizations that work with them every day, managers face challenges that differ significantly from those in the corporate environment. The Managing in the Public Sector concentration introduces you to the differences and helps you polish your own management skills for success in today's environment. This program will prepare you to pursue management positions, graduate education, or positions that interact with the public sector.

Throughout this program, you will:

  • Study the tools, techniques, and challenges of managing organizations and people successfully in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Study basic leadership principles, strategic planning, modern personnel systems, and performance management.
  • Study the new skills that public administrators need to be successful in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Examine issues such as teambuilding, contracting, procurement, compliance, grant writing, and outsourcing/insourcing.
  • Study short- and long-term financial analysis, policy development, and budget development.
  • Examine how the structure of an organization, its culture and climate, and its leadership contribute to its ability to accomplish its mission and goals.

Take the opportunity to gain crucial 21st-century skills and transform your passion for politics, public service, and societal change into a rewarding career. This program will help empower you to navigate successfully among government, private, and nonprofit sectors. You can gain a deep understanding of political theory, as well as the tools and skills necessary to identify issues and effect positive change in your organization and your community. Your degree can also build a foundation for graduate study, including law.