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Within the state of New Jersey, several public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities offer programs in public administration. Studies are available at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels. In addition, certain universities offer dual-degree programs that allow students to complete a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within five years. Students may be able to choose a concentration, such as educational policy and leadership, community development, health services or non-profit. Additionally, depending on the school, some courses may be available online. Listed below are profiles of eight 2- and 4-year schools in the state of New Jersey that offer degree programs in public administration.
Centenary College is located in Hackettstown. The college offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Leadership and Public Administration degree program. The master's degree program prepares students with the necessary skills to be successful leaders in public and private sector management positions. Students may complete the program either online or in a traditional classroom setting. Also, law enforcement personnel receive a 30% discount on tuition.
County College of Morris
Randolph-based County College of Morris provides an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Public Administration degree program. The program's curriculum is applicable to students wishing to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in public administration or political science. The County College of Morris serves approximately 8,000 undergraduate students annually.
Cumberland County College
Vineland's Cumberland County College enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students annually. The A.S. in Public Administration degree program prepares students for public service careers. The associate's degree program is transferable, allowing students to pursue a bachelor's degree program at a 4-year university. Cumberland County College has various transfer agreements with 4-year universities.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus
This university is located on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River in Teaneck. Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus offers two master's degree programs and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration (NASPAA). The university has an agreement with Wroxton College in England and students may study abroad taking courses in health, emergency management, and urban development. Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus offers specializations in public management, nursing management, Jewish communal services, and health services administration.
Union is the home of Kean University. The university offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in public administration, as well as a five-year combined bachelor's/master's degree program. The master's degree program has concentrations in health services, non-profit, and environmental-management. The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program includes a 6-credit hour internship. Additionally, students may complete part of the master's degree program including the non-profit specialization at the Kean Ocean Campus in Toms River. The M.P.A. degree program is accredited by NASPAA.
Rutgers University - Camden
Rutgers University - Camden is a regional campus of the Rutgers University school system and is located in Camden. Students may enroll in the traditional M.P.A. degree program or earn a dual-degree combining a bachelor's degree in urban studies, political science, or economics with a master's degree in public administration. Students must complete master's degree program core curriculum as well as a specialization in public management, international public service and development, educational policy and leadership, or community development. Rutgers University - Camden offers an Executive Master of Public Administration (E.M.P.A.) program for working professionals with at least five years of mid-to-upper management or administrative experience. The E.M.P.A. degree program consists of weekend classes in addition to online coursework.
Rutgers University - Newark
Rutgers University - Newark is a regional campus of the Rutgers University system and is located in the largest city in the state, Newark. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in public service, and a master's and doctorate degree program in public administration. Furthermore, the Joint Five-Year program allows students to complete an undergraduate degree and earn an M.P.A. degree by taking 12 additional graduate-level public administration credits. Rutgers University - Newark offers an E.M.P.A. degree program.
Seton Hall University
South Orange-based Seton Hall University offers a M.P.A. degree program. The master's degree program stresses managerial and analytical development and students may specialize in public service, non-profit, or health policy and management. Seton Hall University offers a dual master's degree program which combines a Master of Art in Diplomacy and International Relations with an M.P.A. degree. Additionally, students may complete a bachelor's degree program in political science or sociology and the M.P.A. degree program within five years.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Public Administration Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Centenary College||4-year, private-not-for-profit; suburban||Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration||$15,480*|
|County College of Morris||2-year, public; suburban||Associate in Science in Public Administration|| $4,570 (in-district);
|Cumberland County College||2-year, public; rural||Associate in Science in Public Administration||$4,290 (in-district); $4,590 (in-state); $14,460 (out-of-state)*|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus||4-year, private-not-for-profit; suburban|| Master of Public Administration,
Master of Administrative Science
|Kean University||4-year, public; suburban|| Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration,
Master of Public Administration
| $11,581 (in-state undergraduate);
$18,183 (out-of-state undergraduate);
$16,072 (in-state graduate);
$20,631 (out-of-state graduate)*
|Rutgers University - Camden||4-year, public; small city|| Master of Public Administration,
Executive Master of Public Administration
| $18,505 (in-state);
|Rutgers University - Newark||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Public Service,
Master of Public Administration,
Executive Master of Public Administration,
Ph.D. in Public Administration
| $13,597 (in-state undergraduate);
$28,987 (out-of-state undergraduate);
$18,314 (in-state graduate);
$29,690 (out-of-state graduate)*
|Seton Hall University||4-year, private-not-for-profit; suburban|| Bachelor of Arts in Political Science or Sociology/Master of Public Administration,
Master of Public Administration
| $38,072 (undergraduate);
Source: *NCES College Navigator.