The Department of Health and Human Services offers an accelerated program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration in Public Administration in only five years. In the student’s senior year, he or she will complete 12 graduate credits in required courses. Upon successful completion of the 120 undergraduate credits required for the baccalaureate degree, the student will not receive the B.S. degree, but will be awarded 12 credits of advanced standing in the M.P.A. in Public Administration program. The student will then be required to complete 30 credits in the graduate program, rather than the standard 48 credits required. After completing the 30 credits and meeting all the graduation requirements, the student will be awarded both the B.S. and M.P.A. degrees. If, for any reason, the student, after completing the 120 undergraduate credits, forgoes the M.P.A. degree, then he or she will be entitled to the B.S. in Public Administration. Undergraduate financial assistance does not apply to the graduate portion of this program.
The Master of Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
Transfer students Completion of 60-64 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. If a student does not possess the necessary 3.0 average, the admission committee may employ other criteria to ensure qualification; e.g., S.A.T. scores, letters of recommendation, samples of prior work, etc.
The five-year program will reflect the standard Public Administration Plan of Study for the first three years, with the appropriate changes in the last two years of study. Consult with the academic advisor to complete an appropriate Plan of Study.
Undergraduate financial assistance does not apply to the graduate portion of this program.
Master of Public Administration Program Mission Statement The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at LIU Post is to prepare leaders for service in public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Primarily focusing on Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area, the MPA Program will emphasize the complexities and unique challenges of service delivery in these sectors and the training of skilled and creative pre-service and mid-career leaders. Embracing the broader mission of Long Island University, the MPA Program will meet this purpose in an inclusive environment that encourages access and excellence for a diverse student population. Mirroring the globalization of public, nonprofit, and health care services, the MPA Program will draw students from both domestic and international populations. The MPA Program will cultivate principled practitioners who are intently focused on values of effectiveness; efficiency and responsible use of resources; equity and fairness; accountability; and engagement with and respect for diverse constituencies. In support of the MPA Program mission, faculty members will engage in scholarly research and community and professional service aimed at advancing knowledge in the field of administration and effecting positive change in public, health care, and nonprofit services.
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