Graduate Program in Public Administration and Political Science

The Behavioral and Social Sciences department offers a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Political Science. Students can also pursue a dual degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice.

All graduate courses in Public Administration, Political Science, and Criminal Justice are offered online, as web-delivered courses. Many courses in Public Administration and Political Science are also offered in traditional face-to-face formats, on evenings and weekends.

It is possible to complete each degree entirely through online courses or through a combination of online and face-to-face courses.

 

  • The Master of Arts degree in Public Administration is designed to meet the needs of individuals currently employed in, or desiring careers in, public service. Course work in public administration must be supported by a minimum of 9 to 12 semester credit hours of graduate course work in a related discipline.
     
  • The Master of Arts degree in Political Science is designed to serve the needs of students who are interested in teaching and research at the college level, who are preparing for political or administrative careers in public or governmental service, or who are preparing for careers in secondary education. Course work in political science must be supported by a minimum of 9 to 18 semester credit hours of graduate course work in a related discipline.
     
  • The dual Master of Arts degree in Public Administration/Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously, by completing 54 total semester credit hours in public administration and criminal justice courses.
     
  • The dual Master of Arts degree in Public Administration/Master of Science degree in Homeland Security allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously, by completing 54 total semester credit hours in public administration and criminal justice courses, with a particular emphasis on homeland security.

In order to receive the Master of Arts degree in Public Administration, the Master of Arts degree in Political Science, and either of the dual degrees, the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination of the coursework.  Click here to read more about the comprehensive exam requirements.

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