Minor in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management (Undergraduate)
Coordinator: Dr. Suparna Soni
The 18 credit-hour Minor in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management (PAD) introduces students from all disciplines to the core elements of public administration and nonprofit management. The minor is designed to prepare students for careers in the nonprofit and government sectors and/or graduate study in public administration and public affairs. Several students who have completed the PAD minor have pursued their MPA at Buffalo State* or at other universities.
The minor requires three courses focusing specifically on public administration and nonprofit management. The electives offer students and opportunity to either focus in a particular area (e.g. GIS, ethics) or select courses in a variety of disciplines which provide conceptual and hands-on skills for careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Students earning a GPA of 3.0 or above in the minor are guaranteed admission into SUNY Buffalo State's MPA program.
Required (9 hours):
PAD 101 Introduction to Public Administration and Nonprofit Management (fall and spring)
PAD 360 or PSC 360 Public Administration (fall and spring)
PAD 307 Metropolitan Governance+ (fall semester)
Electives (9 hours):
PAD 347 Evolution and Development of the Nonprofit Sector
PAD 348 Nonprofit Grant Management & Fund Development
PAD 368 Comparative Public Administration
PAD 389 Special Topics in Public Administration
PAD 390 Research Methods in Public Administration
PAD 400 International Public Management & Service
PAD 401 NGO Management & International Development (India Study Mission alternate J-Terms years)
PAD 495 Special Project in Public Administration
PAD 499 Independent Study
CRS 201 Foundations of Leadership
ENG 300 Writing for the Profession OR
ENG 302 Technical Writing
ENG 400 Writing Grants and Proposals
GEG 102 Human Geography
GEG 309 Introduction to Urban Geography
GEG/PLN 325 Maps and Mapmaking Using GIS
GEG 416 Geographies of Development
GEG 419 Globalization
GEG 425 Fundamentals of GIS
PHI 102 Introduction to Ethics
PHI 103 Introduction to Logic
PHI 301 History of Political Philosophy
PHI 351 Ethics Bowl
PLN 215 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
PLN 315 Principles of Urban and Regional Planning
PLN 380 Neighborhood Planning & Urban Development
How to declare the PAD minor:
Contact Dr. Soni (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn about PAD, declare the minor, and discuss internship opportunities.
*SUNY BUFFALO STATE UNDERGRADUATE - PLEASE NOTE - students who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or above in Buffalo State's Public Administration and Nonprofit Minor are guaranteed admission into the MPA program. Students satisfying this requirement must: 1) fill out the Graduate School Application, 2) pay the application fee, and 3) follow instructions for official transcripts. Reference letters and the letter of intent are waived.
Buffalo State students are not required to submit transcripts, as the Graduate School will obtain Buffalo State transcripts; however, if applicant attended other institutions these transcripts must be provided even if sent to Buffalo State at the time of a previous application.
In accordance with federal regulations, all students (except Buffalo State graduates) are required to submit a final transcript with a degree posted to the Graduate School by the start of their graduate work for financial aid eligibility).
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