Public and Nonprofit Administration

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
  • Minor

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.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

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:

  • Budgeting and finance
  • Community developmentand planning
  • Community health
  • Grant writing
  • Volunteerism


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

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.

For More Information

School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
(616) 331-6575
Admissions Office

Grand Valley was very instrumental in helping me become who I am today. There are dynamic on-campus experiences available to anyone who chooses to take advantage of them and these experiences really helped me.


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