Program Details


Credit Hours: 120               

Program Format: Hybrid

The Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership program studies public and nonprofit service organizations and societal issues addressed and managed by such organizations.  The program emphasizes independent research projects and hands-on experiential service internships with community public and nonprofit agencies and organizations in social services, health, government, charitable services, churches, and the arts.  

  • Must complete an application to SGSC and be accepted by  the SGSC Office of Admissions or be a currently enrolled SGSC student.
  • Must hold an Associate of Science degree or meet the prerequisite course requirements to enter the program as a junior
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Must submit official, final transcripts from any college the applicant has attended other than SGSC to both the SGSC Office of Admissions and to Dr. Joseph Holloway. Currently enrolled students do not need to submit any transcripts unless they have attended another college or university. 

For additional information regarding the BS-PSL Admissions Requirements, click here

The program is cohort-based, meaning that all students in an entering group (cohort) will follow the same schedule of classes over the course of their time in the program. In order to accommodate the schedules of non-traditional students while allowing them to progress in a timely manner through their studies, the schedule is broken into shorter A and B terms each semester so students can take a full load of classes while addressing a manageable amount of course work. Courses are offered on both the Douglas and Waycross Campuses and are hybrid in nature.

Please note that due to the cohort structure of the program, courses are not offered every term. If a course is not taken on the schedule, it could create a significant time delay for finishing the program until the course becomes available again.

PADM 3200: Managing Nonprofit Organizations- This course focuses on organizational administration, structure, decision making, communication, human resource interaction, program delivery, and evaluation.


PSYC 3200: Leadership Development- The course is designed to improve personal awareness in the areas of self-management, professionalism, work attitudes and motivation, personality, innovation and creativity, communication, diversity, and ethical decision making. In addition, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the diverse individual differences that leasers encounter in a global workforce. Students can apply concepts from this class to their own professional development and also use concepts to promote and sustain a diverse working environment. Upon completion of this course, students will recognize their strengths and weaknesses and create a professional development plan that emphasizes self-management practices


SOCI 4400: Religion & Society- This course defines “religion,” analyzes the interrelationship of religion, society, and culture; considers the social impact of the interaction of religion, modernization, globalization, secularism, and gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and political issues; and gives attention to the interplay of religion, family, community, state, and country. The course requires field observation of “lived religion,” as well as journaling.

Graduates of this program can pursue careers in state and local government, nonprofit work, education, advocacy work, public administration, community development, church lay ministries, and social services.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership program, contact:

Dr. Joseph Holloway, Chair of Business Management, Public Service Leadership, and  Professional, Business, & Technical Writing Programs at

Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership