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B.S. in Public Administration

B.S. in Public AdministrationThe Bachelor of Science program in Public Administration will prepare you for a rewarding career in the public sector. Despite the recent economic slowdown, Long Island has demonstrated continuing vitality as a place to live and work, and as an attractive vacation destination. But population growth has brought with it a host of challenges ranging from traffic congestion to water safety to affordable housing and health care. Meeting these challenges requires a skilled and dedicated public service work force.

This 129-credit program combines a liberal arts education with courses focused on the political, social, and economic aspects of public services. Graduates are ready to move directly into entry or mid-level positions in the public sector or to pursue advanced degrees in public administration.

Public Administration is designed to prepare students for meaningful roles in government agencies or non-profit organizations, with a skill set that has applications on other fields, such as education and business.

Goals of the Program:

  • Providing a liberal arts education through the University's Core Curriculum;
  • Assuring an understanding and appreciation of the political, social, and economic aspects of public services;
  • Preparing students for entry and middle-level professional positions in public service;
  • Preparing students for graduate education in public administration.

In recent years, the public sector work force in the Long Island area has undergone a major change, if not a minor revolution. The continuous economic vitality of the area, the increasing population, the aging of a significant portion of the population, the increasing attractiveness of the area as a vacation region and second-home area have contributed to the notable growth of "public" problems. Included in these concerns are the issues of groundwater safety, waste water disposal, solid waste disposal, infrastructure issues, and affordable housing as well as health and social services demands. The resolution of these problems requires a talented and skilled public service work force.