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

  • 33 credits in required courses
  • 3 credits in GEneral Public Management required courses
  • 12 credits in electives
  • 3 credit internship (may be waived for students with appropriate experience)

REQUIRED COURSES – 33 CREDITS

PA 5001

Global Foundations of Public Administration

3 credits

PA 5021

Economic Issues in Public Administration

3 credits

PA 5040

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

3 credits

PA 5050

Administrative Law

3 credits

PA 5110

Human Resources Management

3 credits

PA 5225

Strategic Planning in Management

3 credits

PA 5245 Management on Information Systems in the Public Sector 3 credits
PA 5250 Leadership and Management 3 credits
PA 5960 *Graduate Internship in Public Administration 3 credits
PA 5988 Analytical Methods and Policy Analysis 3 credits
PA 5989 Research Methods and Design 3 credits
PA 5990 Capstone Seminar 3 credits

GENERAL MANAGEMENT REQUIRED COURSE – 3 CREDITS

PA 5050

Administrative Law

3 credits

ELECTIVES - 12 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 5230

Improving Public Organization

3 credits

PA 5235

Public Program Evaluation

3 credits

PA 5270 Ethical Issues in Public and Nonprofit Administration 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 5710 Introduction to Nonprofit Management 3 credits
PA 5730 Nonprofit Organization Law and Governance 3 credits
PA 5750 Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises: Management and Models 3 credits
PA 5810 Health Care Administration 3 credits
PA 5825 Health Care Law and Politics 3 credits
PA 5830 Health Care and Nonprofit Marketing 3 credits

PA 5860

Issues in Modern Health Care

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

TOTAL OF 45-48 CREDITS
 

Program Mission and SLOs
 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

gradadmissions@kean.edu
908.737.7100

Program coordinator

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

Updated 11/13/14