Bachelor of Science in Applied Management: Public Service


The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (B.S.A.M.) with an emphasis in public service gives mid-level managers and first responders the skills and knowledge needed for public sector leadership in a rapidly changing world. 

The program is designed for professionals with an A.A.S., or an A.A./A.S. degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, fire science and emergency management, who can demonstrate significant professional experience related to the program emphases. It builds on foundational knowledge and takes it to the next level, providing new pathways for career advancement and further education.

Learn more about the academic requirements and cost for the B.S.A.M. Courses focus on the following areas:

  • Management and leadership theory
  • Public sector budgeting
  • Operations management
  • Human behavior and supervision
  • Local government and community engagement
  • Homeland security and disaster preparedness
  • Performance management
  • Effective intercultural communication and public relations

Your experience can earn you up to 30 hours of proficiency credit toward your undergraduate degree. Practicing professionals can use their recent education, previous learning experiences and on the job experience in the relevant fields of public sector employment.

Contact Colleen Barker, BSAM program advisor, at 815-753-0114 or to review your A.A.S. or A.A./A.S. degree and professional goals.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2019: semester start
  • May 1, 2019: apply to the BSAM program
  • May 15, 2019: Application review
  • Spring 2020: semester start
  • Aug. 1, 2019: apply to the BSAM program
  • Aug. 15, 2019: application review

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