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Make the world a better place while you achieve your career goals. With a deep understanding of the social, political, legal, and ethical influences that drive public and non-profit organizations, you’ll be ready to do well by doing good.

You’re looking to advance in your career, but you also want to be of service to your community. Whether your passion lies in the public sector or in a non-profit organization, adding this specialization to your online degree program will empower you to make a bigger difference.

You’ll learn about organizational culture, public policy, change dynamics, effective communication, and the ever-important process of grant writing. Gain the management and decision-making skills you need to succeed in civil service, government, and non-profit industries.



This program consists of five lower-division online public and non-profit management courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • PMG300* Public Administration
    An overview of issues related to leading and managing public organizations and government agencies. Focus includes policy development, strategic planning, agency operations, civil service systems, legal framework, and ethical considerations.
  • FIN350 Principles of Finance for the Public Sector
    Introduction to financing of and budgeting within public sector institutions, including the history and trends of funds acquisition and distribution. Accountability to governing bodies and taxpayers for the use of public fiscal resources will be examined.
  • PMG320 Public Policy and Strategy
    An analysis of the development, implementation and evaluation of public policy and strategy. Study includes influences of administrative, legislative and judicial legal perspectives, as well as accountability to citizens and governing boards.
  • PMG370 Fundraising and Grant Writing
    This course provides a broad overview of theoretical and practical application of nonprofit management. Students will learn about the role and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization fundraising marketing and communication plan. An overview of fundraising will include; the importance of an analysis of the essential elements of fundraising: major gift solicitation, the annual campaign, planned giving, understanding alternative fundraising solutions, social enterprises, the use of new technologies for fundraising; individual donor tracking, institutional donors, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate philanthropy. Additionally, students will develop essential research skills, fundraising resources, professional associations and conferences, and examining and measuring the social impact and ethical aspects of fundraising.
  • PMG430 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
    Overview of the application of human resource management functions in the public sector, including recruiting, selecting, training, compensating and appraising employee performance.

* Applied Social Sciences majors will take PMG430 in place of PMG300.


A specialization in Public and Non-Profit Management pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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