New Master of Public Administration Courses at Riverhead Site
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Good pay, excellent benefits and the satisfaction of providing vital service to the public: these are the rewards of leading a government agency or non-profit organization. The job requires talent, dedication and higher education – and the Master of Public Administration degree program of Long Island University offers the best preparation for a career in public or non-profit sector management available on Long Island.
Now, almost all of the courses of the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus M.P.A. are offered on the East End for the first time – at the University's new Riverhead location, on the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College.
This 48-credit program -- accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration -- is ideal for people with undergraduate degrees who are interested in public service, and for people already working in the public or non-profit sector who wish to advance their careers and expand their skills. The M.P.A. can improve performance and expand opportunity for everyone from budget analysts, agency directors and municipal planners to executives of museums, development organizations or charities – almost anyone involved in the administration of a government or non-profit organization.
“You can never have enough knowledge, especially when it pertains to your day-to-day operations,” said Robert McEvoy, director of finance for the Town of Oyster Bay and a student in the M.P.A. program at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus. The things you learn in the M.P.A. program make you more effective and valuable in your position.”
A Master of Public Administration degree can lead to a significant increase in earning power. A survey found that 53 percent of M.P.A. graduates earned $50,000 a year or more (20 percent earned more than $75,000), while 76 percent of graduates who had not yet earned an M.P.A. averaged less than $50,000.
Nearly all course work toward the M.P.A. can be completed at the Riverhead location, just 10 minutes from Exit 70 of the Long Island Expressway on Speonk-Riverhead Road. Six credits must be taken at the C.W. Post Campus in Brookville.
The Master of Public Administration program features faculty members who are real-world experts in public management, evaluation, performance improvement and government policies and programs at the federal, state and local levels. Additional areas of special expertise include health care management and the management of homeland security.
Classes at Riverhead begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006. Initial classes to be taught include “Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector” with Dr. Linda Wenze, a renowned expert in health care and public service management; and “Intergovernmental Relations” with James Larocca, who has held top-level positions in state government and public interest organizations.
Also offered at the Riverhead site are graduate courses in childhood education, teaching students with disabilities, literacy education and certification in childhood education, as well as New York State's first master's degree in homeland security management, a fully online program. An online advanced certificate in homeland security management is also available.
For information, call 631-287-8010 or visit www.liu.edu/riverhead.
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