Cathy Yang Liu, Chair
Joseph F. Hacker, Undergraduate Program Director
Garima Sharma, BIS in Social Entrepreneurship Program Director
The Department of Public Management and Policy offers a variety of interdisciplinary degree programs designed to prepare students for life and work in a range of professions in metropolitan areas. At the undergraduate level, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in public policy which includes a choice of concentrations in nonprofit leadership, planning and economic development, and public management and governance. Minors are available in nonprofit leadership, planning and economic development, and public policy. All minors require 15 semester hours of credit. The department also offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in Social Entrepreneurship. The BIS in Social Entrepreneurship prepares students to become agents and leaders of social change who will transform communities through innovative problem solving and business approaches.
There are no admission requirements above the requirements for admission to the University for enrollment in the B.S. program with a major in Public Policy.
Program Financial Information
There are no additional fees other than the tuition and fees charged by the University for enrollment in this program.
Program Degree Requirements
For degree credit, a minimum grade of C must be attained in ENGL 1101 , ENGL 1102 , either ECON 2105 or ECON 2106 , and PMAP 2000 . Georgia State University undergraduate students must achieve an overall institutional grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 and a major Area GPA of 2.0 to receive a bachelor’s degree from the university. Grades of C- may be used to satisfy graduation requirements in Areas G through J. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher (see 1460 GPA Requirement for additional information).
Minors in Policy Studies
Three minors are offered through the Department of Public Management and Policy (PMAP). Students in other majors intersted in areas of public policy, nonprofit leadership, and planning and economic development are encouraged to earn a minor. Each of the offered minors provides the basic understanding and skills needed to navigate public sector work in these areas.
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certified Nonprofit Credential
The Department of Public Management and Policy is affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preparing graduates and undergraduates for careers in nonprofit leadership. Graduate and undergraduate students from all majors are welcome to learn more about the criteria for earning NLA’s Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential by visiting Georgia State University’s NLA website: nsp.gsu.edu/nonprofit-leadership-alliance/.