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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Recommended Curriculum for B.A. Degree in Public Management

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

People who choose public service careers are individuals determined to make the world better because they are part of that world. Maybe you are one of those people. If you think you are, then consider a major or minor in public management.

The Department of Public Administration addresses issues of governance, organization, and policy in democratic society and provides students with the skills required for successful executive and administrative careers in public service — in government and in other public organizations such as healthcare institutions and nonprofit agencies. The Public Management program has three primary goals:

The undergraduate major in Public Management combines superior, nationally-recognized instruction with a liberal base and significant practical experience through its popular internship program. This Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree introduces many of the skills necessary for professional participation in public service, including critical thinking, effective speaking and writing, preparation of budgets and grants, and research and analytical capabilities.

The major requires a minimum of 33 degree credit hours and may involve prerequisite courses. A number of students in the program have chosen a double major (e.g., Public Management and Economics, Forestry, GIS, or Computer Science); a few students have chosen to pursue a double degree. For students preferring to minor in Public Management, an 18-credit-hour program is available.

The Department participates in a range of research and public service projects for the State of Maine and the New England Region. Recent job placements include managers for the towns of Brownville, Madison, and Milford in Maine; an administrator for the Division of Health Care Finance in Massachusetts; a planner for the Town of Chelsea, Massachusetts; an agent for U.S. Customs; a development coordinator for a nonprofit organization in Maine and staff at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.

Students majoring in public management who are from the New England states of Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are eligible for significant reductions in tuition through the New England Board of Higher Education and Regional Student Program.

Course Work

The Public Management major is consistent with the guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The guidelines:

Undergraduate education in Public Affairs/Public Administration should be focused upon the process and substance of public policy and the knowledge and skills needed for effective implementation of public policy

Students who major in Public Management may choose to pursue one of two optional concentrations — local government administration or criminal justice administration. A wide range of elective courses is available, in such areas as these:

Students interested in the criminal justice concentration can also choose to spend the last semester of their senior year at Criminal Justice Academy receiving internship credit. Those students successfully completing the Criminal Justice Academy will be ready to take law enforcement jobs in Maine.

Exceptionally qualified students who are majoring in public management may receive credit for their advanced preparation and thereby complete the Master of Public Administration(MPA) in one calendar year. This is known as the BA+1.

So, what’s your preference here at the University of Maine: The Public Management major or the minor? How are you going to leverage our public institutions to help change the world? You won’t believe what you can do!


Contact Information

Department of Public Administration
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1973 | Fax: (207) 581-1930E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469