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Expand Your Education, Pave the Way for a Promotion

Do you aspire to be manager of a government agency, director of a nonprofit organization or district chief of an EMS department?

Our public administration program will prepare you for a career managing government, nonprofit and public service organizations as well as businesses in the health care, environment and energy industries, just to name a few.

We offer flexible formats geared for working adults with busy schedules. Additionally, we offer tuition discounts for the following employees:

Pictured is public administration alumnus Mathew Davis.

Public administration alumnus Mathew Davis '14 is now the fire chief of Dormont Fire Department.

Courses & Topics

Courses in the public administration program include:

  • Public Budget and Finance
  • Policy and Decision Analysis
  • Theories of Public Organizations
  • Principles of Management
  • Managing Non-Profit Organizations
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • EMS Community Risk Reduction
  • Planning and Change in Public Organizations
  • Special Employee Relations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Advanced Seminar in Applied Public Management

National Fire Academy

Students who successfully complete courses in the Fire Service Administration concentration listed above are eligible to receive course completion certificates from the National Fire Academy.

Point Park's public administration program is the first institution in Pennsylvania — and one of only 13 colleges and universities nationwide — to be recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration for its concentrations in fire service administration and emergency medical services administration. Learn more.

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom.

You'll learn from professors with extensive industry and academic experience in the public administration field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Robert Skertich, Ph.D.
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
  • Worked for the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Currently deputy commander of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team based in Pittsburgh and part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System
  • Firefighter, driver/operator and training instructor for the Elfinwild Fire Company

Career Options

With a degree or certificate in public administration, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Pictured is public administration alumnus Peter Frenchak.City Manager
  • Director of Public Works
  • Department Head, County Government
  • Deputy Mayor
  • State or Federal Agency Director
  • Disaster and Emergency Services Manager
  • Community Affairs Manager
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Grant Writer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Health Care Administrator

Alumni Success

From local, county, state and federal government to nonprofit organizations, learn where our graduates have gone on to build their public administration careers.

More profiles
Pictured is public administration alumnus Jeff Gooch.
"All my courses at Point Park were fully online. Many of my professors were leaders in public safety and brought a wealth of knowledge to the virtual classroom."
Pictured is public administration alumnus Michael Volpe.
"This degree definitely expanded my horizons and helped me gain important pieces of information, which were vital keys to my promotion."

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