B.S./M.P.A. in Public Administration
The Department of Health Care and Public Administration offers an accelerated program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration in Public Administration in only five years. In the student’s senior year, he or she will complete 12 graduate credits in required courses. Upon successful completion of the 129 undergraduate credits required for the baccalaureate degree, the student will not receive the B.S. degree, but will be awarded 12 credits of advanced standing in the M.P.A. in Public Administration program. The student will then be required to complete 36 credits in the graduate program, rather than the standard 48 credits required. After completing the 36 credits and meeting all the graduation requirements, the student will be awarded both the B.S. and M.P.A. degrees. If, for any reason, the student, after completing the 129 undergraduate credits, forgoes the M.P.A. degree, then he or she will be entitled to the B.S. in Public Administration. Undergraduate financial assistance does not apply to the graduate portion of this program.
The Master of Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Career Opportunities in Public Administration
For students who have interests in the public sector, careers in federal, state and local government are broad and varied. They include technical and administrative positions in transit, housing and social services, and environmental and energy agencies. Positions exist in investigative offices, prosecutors’ offices, the courts, finance and tax departments, and immigration and naturalization agencies as well as public authorities such as the New York and New Jersey Port Authority.
The B.S./M.P.A. in Public Administration prepares students for careers in government and non-profit organizations. Students will:
- have the ability to lead and manage in public governance
- delineate the attributes of a successful leader
- demonstrate knowledge of organizational theories
- have the ability to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
- demonstrate creative, thoughtful problem-solving abilities
- amass information and synthesize it coherently
- demonstrate creative, thoughtful problem-solving abilities and a heightened awareness of ethical considerations.