McDaniel offers new graduate degree in public administration

May 08, 2012

McDaniel is launching a new master of science in Public Administration to begin in the fall of 2012. The program is being offered entirely online providing convenience for working professionals and attracting those not only living in Maryland, but also throughout the region and nationwide.

In addition, a five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in Public Administration is being introduced to undergraduate students studying business administration, environmental policy and science, political science and international studies, psychology, and sociology.

As an extension of McDaniel’s social and human service graduate programs, this new degree combines courses on public administration and public policy. The program prepares students for careers in local, state or federal government, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, including healthcare, higher education, transportation, social programs, economic policy and environmental policy agencies, labor unions, and professional associations.

The program requires 36 credits for completion (cost per credit hour is $430). Key areas of study include human resources, policy, leadership and management.

Concentrations are available in human resource management, counseling education, environmental policy, gerontology, higher education, human behavior and management, or social justice.

According to Henry Reiff, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, “The mission of both McDaniel’s Public Administration graduate program and the five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree program in Public Administration is to teach students to be accountable and effective leaders in public service. Through coursework, practical experiences, and professional development, students gain essential learning opportunities that enhance their knowledge and skills, and clarify values in public service.”

He added, “With nearly 20 percent of the state’s workforce employed by city, local and federal governments, and almost 11 percent employed by nonprofit organizations, the demand is strong for public administrators in Maryland.”

“This new program in public administration fills a need in the Baltimore and the D.C. areas and reaffirms the college’s commitment to changing lives,” says President Roger Casey. “With its emphasis on leadership in public service, the program is aligned with the college’s mission of preparing students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.”

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