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Public Management: Criminal Justice

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Public Management Program


The Public Management degree is available at the Main Campus, the Ft. Campbell location, and online.  Through Austin Peay State University’s public management program, you will gain the practical work experience – and technical and managerial skills – needed to succeed in a variety of leadership roles. Your courses and experiences will prepare you for careers in both public, quasi-public, and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to coursework covering topics such as urban planning, public policy analysis and public sector management, public management majors can choose any of the university’s minors, or select a concentration in criminal justice or general management.

The department's vision, "Instilling the values of public service", highlights the mission which is to "Engage in teaching, learning, and research in order to provide students the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become socially responsible and productive citizens." The department faculty strives to meet the vision and mission statements by promoting the public service values of "effectiveness, efficiency, social equity, individualism, and liberty." The department's vision, mission, and values align with the university's vision and missions to "create quality learning environments . . . that instill in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills, and values for life and work in a global society.  

What will I learn?

Students will develop an understanding of the core competencies of public management; political and financial processes, personnel administration, policy development and analysis, urban planning, and organizational development and behavior as they apply to a diverse workforce and citizenry.  In addition, students will examine and apply the following:  Research, decision-making and problem-solving skills, effective written, verbal, interpersonal and information management skills essential for public administrators, and workplace behaviors (leadership, team work, motivation, and personal ethics) needed to perform effectively.

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What Do Public Management Majors Do After Graduation?

Public Management graduates have a wide variety of career opportunities in the government and not-for-profit sectors. Public Management graduates have obtained employment in state, federal, and local government agencies such as the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Tennessee Board of Regents. Graduates have also been placed with not-for-profit agencies like the American Red Cross.  Other career opportunities are:

  • City Managers
  • Personnel Managers
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Non Profit Administrator
  • Ombudsman
  • Dept. of Veteran's Affairs
  • Executive Director
  • Public Works Director