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Public and Nonprofit Administration, B.A., B.S.

The public and nonprofit administration program at Grand Valley State University focuses on the management processes of public and nonprofit organizations that serve and improve our communities.

Visit the program website for more information.

Available as a minor.

Program Overview

Students of the public and nonprofit administration program learn how to serve the public interest ethically, effectively, and efficiently. They may choose to focus on:

  • Community development and planning
  • Community health
  • Local economic development
  • Public and nonprofit budget and finance
  • Public personnel management

Why Study Public and Nonprofit Administration at Grand Valley?

  • The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, focused on financial, technical, and administrative support on teaching, research, and service.
  • The Community Research Institute, which provides quality research and critical data for community improvement.
  • GVSU library's endowed Johnson Collection for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, one of the country's best collections on the nonprofit sector.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


The public and nonprofit administration curriculum gives students a broad understanding of the subject, while offering some specialized courses to provide them with technical skills. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Civic engagement and service-learning
  • Local politics and administration
  • Organization theory and dynamics
  • Public budgeting and finance administration

Career Options

Due to its many community connections, Grand Valley can help students gain employment in public service careers in areas like:

  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private sector firms

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
288C DeVos Center
(616) 331-6575

Admissions Office


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