Public Administration Minor

Public Administration Minor

Public Administration MinorDescription and rationale. The minor in Public Administration examines decision–making, leadership and management in public agencies and non–profit organizations. It introduces students to the field of Public Administration, including its scope, content, literature and relationship to other disciplines. The supervision, planning and budgeting skills students acquire in the Public Administration minor will prove valuable as they advance towards a leadership role in any organization that helps carry out the business of government.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Identify the core mechanisms of public administration, including the organization and management of human and financial resources.
  • Discuss the political, economic, legal, and social environments of public policy and administration.
  • Explain the unique challenges and opportunities of providing public goods and services in a diverse society.


Coordinator and Advisor. Professor Yi Lu, Department of Public Management (646.557.4437,

Advisor. Ms. Yvonne Purdie, Department of Public Management (212.237.8554,

Requirements. To receive the minor, students must complete 18 credits (six courses) from the following public administration courses. Public administration graduate courses taken by academically-eligible seniors can also be applied to the minor. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.

Note: The minor in Public Administration is not available to students who are majoring in Public Administration.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES.                         Subtotal: 6 credits

PAD 140 Introduction to Public Administration (formerly PAD 240)
PAD 241 Information in Public Management

PAD 140: Formerly PAD 240.

PART TWO. ELECTIVES.                                          Subtotal: 12 credits

Select four                                                                 

PAD 260 International Public Administration 
PAD 314 Leadership, Supervision and Performance
PAD 318 Decisions in Crises 
PAD 340 Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 343 Administration of Financial Resources 
PAD 346 Human Resource Administration
PAD 362 Administration of International Intergovernmental Organizations
PAD 366 Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues
PAD 380 Selected Topics in Public Administration
PAD 400 Quantitative Problems in Public Administration 
PAD 402 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration (6 credits)

PAD 402: Students completing PAD 402 (6 credits) only need to take three courses.

Total: 18 credits
Last Updated: 2/23/17