Public Administration (M.P.A.)

DEGREE OFFERED

Master of Public Administration

CAMPUS OPTIONS

  • Main Campus (Union, NJ)
  • Kean Ocean Campus (Toms River, NJ) - MPA courses are offered at Kean Ocean, however, the entire program cannot be completed at this location

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:        June 1
Spring:   December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and is designed to prepare graduates for middle or senior level positions as public administrators. The primary focus of the program is on in-service students seeking to undertake graduate study on a part-time basis in order to upgrade and improve their practical skills and theoretical backgrounds. These students come from municipal, county, state, and non-profit agencies in the region served by Kean University. Each year a small number of students are admitted without extensive government experience.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPA’s will be considered based on overall strength of application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 21 credits in foundation courses
  • 18 credits in electives
  • 3 credit culminating research seminar
  • 6 credit internship (may be waived for students with appropriate experience)

REQUIRED COURSES – 24 CREDITS

PA 5001

Global Foundations of Public Administration

3 credits

PA 5010

Public Bureaucracy: People Process and Performance

3 credits

PA 5021

Fiscal Management of Government & Non-profit Organizations

3 credits

PA 5030

Analytical Methods for Public Management

3 credits

PA 5031

Quantitative Methods for Public Management

3 credits

PA 5040

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

3 credits

PA 5050

Public Law and Governmental Institutions

3 credits

PA 5245 Information Management 3 credits

 

ELECTIVES – 15 CREDITS

Major elective courses can be taken outside of the Public Administration

department with permission from program coordinator

PA 5110

Public Personnel Systems

3 credits

PA 5125

Collective Negotiations and Public Employment

3 credits

PA 5144

Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector

3 credits

PA 5215

The Grants Process in the Intergovernmental Systems

3 credits

PA 5225

Strategic Planning in Public Organizations

3 credits

PA 5230

Improving Public Organization

3 credits

PA 5235

Public Program Evaluation

3 credits

PA 5315

Intelligence Gathering

3 credits

PA 5470

Governing New Jersey: Issues in Management and Administration

3 credits

PA 5500

Advanced Topics in Public Management

3 credits

PA 5550 Global Issues in Comparative Public Administration 3 credits

PA 5605

Fundamentals of Environmental Management

3 credits

PA 5805

Health Care: Organization and Structure

3 credits

PA 5860

Issues in Modern Health Care

3 credits

PA 5900

Health Care Facilities and Services for the Aged

3 credits

PA 5910

Current Issues in Public Administration I

3 credits

PA 5911

Current Issues in Public Administration II

3 credits

PA 5985

Independent Study in Public Administration

3 credits

ECO 5913

Health Economics

3 credits

COMM 5650

Communication in Organizations

3 credits

ID 5270

Ethics and Public Policy

3 credits

PA 5710

Introduction to Nonprofit Management

3 credits

PA 5730

Nonprofit Organization Law Governance

3 credits

 

RESEARCH – 3 CREDITS

PA 5990

Research Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations

3 credits

 

INTERNSHIP - 6 CREDITS

Required of all students without relevant job experience in public administration;

waived by petition for those with appropriate experience

PA 5960

Graduate Internship in Public Administration

6 credits

TOTAL OF 42 CREDITS PLUS 6 CREDITS OF INTERNSHIP TO COMPLETE PROGRAM
 

Program Mission and SLOs
 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

grad-adm@kean.edu
908.737.7100

Program coordinator

DR. PAT MOORE
Willis (W) 311
T. 908.737.4314
pmoore@kean.edu

Updated 11/13/14