Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Chair’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting the online home of the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies.  The department offers a number of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs

Whether you are considering the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program or the online Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management, our department has much to offer, including:

  • Small seminar classes at the graduate level, premised on a cohort-learning model
  • Classes integrating theory and practice, providing practical, €˜real world€™ knowledge and experience
  • Concentrated programs of study, ensuring the development of concrete managerial skills coupled with the ability to focus on a defined area of concentration
  • Curriculum designed to be completed in about two years (MPA), with classes taught primarily in the evening
  • Dedicated faculty and staff committed to student development and success
  • Paid Graduate Assistantships and other financial assistance
  • Network of Georgia Southern University MPA alumni

The MPA program is one of the largest graduate programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS).  The MPA program is a NASPAA accredited degree program and is ranked as one of the nation’s most affordable MPA program’s by the College Affordability Guide.  Through the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies, the MPA program is also a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), which is comprised of academic programs and institutions committed to furthering research and education in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

As an MPA student, you will become part of an active student body.  The program’s student association (MPASA) hosts speaking events, engages in professional development and volunteering activities, and serves as an important link between the student body and the faculty.  We also encourage undergraduate students who are taking courses in Public Administration or are considering applying to the MPA program to participate in any of these activities.

The MPA program’s alumni base is nearly 700 strong and counting!  Our graduates go on to successful careers in local, state, and federal government, the nonprofit arena, and the private sector, with others finding success in doctoral studies or law school.

The Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management is for in-service career professionals in public and nonprofit management who have an interest in furthering their managerial acumen through outstanding web-based instruction.  The five course sequence integrates public administration theory with practice, providing practical, real world knowledge and experience.  The entire curriculum is offered online and is structured with an eye towards meeting the needs of busy professionals.  Additionally, those completing the certificate may elect to apply the credits earned toward completion of the MPA degree.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students have the option to pursue a Minor in Public Administration, Minor in Public Policy, or Minor in Nonprofit Management.  Moreover, through the University’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, students can pursue a concentration in one or more of these areas.  Both programs provide  a comprehensive overview of public and nonprofit management and public policy, with careful attention being paid to issues such as administrative law, policy implementation and evaluation, budgeting and finance, leadership, and managerial innovation.

Whether you are seeking a career in public or nonprofit management or are a mid-career professional seeking advanced training, the department’s dedicated faculty will continually challenge you to reach past your current skills in the pursuit of excellence.  Similarly, it is a passion for teaching and the public administration profession that drives the faculty to improve our academic programs.  We are very proud of our programs, our students, and our alumni, and are humbled by the role we play in training the next generation of public service professionals.  As you consider your options, I invite you to contact me if you have any questions regarding studies in Public Administration.  You may reach me at tjdavis@georgiasouthern.edu or (912) 478-1400.

Trenton J. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Chair and Professor of Public Administration 

Last updated: 11/20/2019

Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies • P.O. Box 8048 • Statesboro, Georgia • 912-478-1400

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