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Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

MPA Mission Statement

The mission of the Kean University Master of Public Administration Program is to prepare students to be managers and professionals of public, health service and nonprofit organizations who are committed to public service and are globally aware and engaged in their communities. The demand for highly-trained workers in the not-for-profit and public service sectors has never been greater. The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration offered by Kean University’s Department of Public Administration provides students with the information, skills and insight needed to excel in careers in the not-for-profit and public service sectors.

Kean is one of only four higher education institutes in New Jersey accredited in the field of public administration by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Our undergraduate program combines a firm theoretical foundation with an understanding of practical applications. Teaching methods in both elective and required courses stress the use of case studies, hands-on experience, and simulations that demonstrate how theory and concepts evolve into practical applications.

Academic Accordions: 
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Guidesheet (MPA General Public Administration)
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The General Public Administration was designed by our faculty in consultation with our Board of Advisors and the public sector community to provide our students with the foundation to become effective leaders of governmental and public service organizations. This concentration prepares you to begin or advance in careers as administrators in public sector organizations providing you with the knowledge, the values and the skills to work effectively and to administer programs in virtually any segment of the public sector. Your coursework covers the critical elements of administration, including budgeting, strategic planning, human resources, information systems, law, leadership and ethics, and multicultural competencies. We help you focus on the unique nature and needs of government organizations and gain the skills and knowledge specific to and necessary for leadership in this growing and dynamic sector. The sheer diversity of local, county, state, and federal organizations and the issues they work on means that government require leaders with a thorough understanding of the complex public sector landscape.

REQUIRED COURSES (General Public Administration) – 30 Credits

  • PA 5001 Global Foundations in Public Administration
  • PA 5010 Public Bureaucracy: People Process and Performance
  • PA 5021 Fiscal Management of Government & Non-profit Organizations
  • PA 5030 Analytical Methods for Public Management
  • PA 5031 Quantitative Methods for Public Management
  • PA 5040 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • PA 5050 Public Law and Governmental Institutions
  • PA 5110 Human Resources Management
  • PA 5225 Strategic Planning in Management
  • PA 5245 Management Information Systems in the Public Sector

 

Electives (General Public Administration)

  • PA 5125 Collective Negotiations and Public Employment
  • PA 5144 Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
  • PA 5215 The Grants Process in the Intergovernmental Systems
  • PA 5230 Improving Public Organization
  • PA 5235 Public Program Evaluation
  • PA 5270 Ethical Issues in Public and Non Profit Administrations
  • PA 5470 Governing New Jersey: Issues in Management and Administration
  • PA 5500 Advanced Topics in Public Management
  • PA 5550 Global Issues in Comparative Public Administration
  • PA 5605 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
  • PA 5700 Urban Policies and Administration
  • PA 5710 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • PA 5730 Nonprofit Organization Law and Governance
  • PA 5860 Issues in Modern Health Care
  • PA 5910 Current Issues in Public Administration I
  • PA 5911 Current Issues in Public Administration II
  • PA 5985 Independent Study in Public Administration
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Guidesheet (MPA Health Service Administration)
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The Nonprofit Management concentration was designed by our faculty in consultation with our Board of Advisors and the nonprofit community to provide our students with the foundation to become effective leaders of nonprofit and voluntary organizations. This concentration prepares you to begin or advance in careers as administrators in nonprofit organizations providing you with the knowledge, the values and the skills to work effectively and to administer programs in virtually any segment of the social service community. Your coursework covers the critical elements of administration, including budgeting, strategic planning, human resources, information systems, non-profit law, leadership and ethics, and multicultural competencies. We help you focus on the unique nature and needs of nonprofit organizations and gain the skills and knowledge specific to and necessary for leadership in this growing and dynamic sector. The sheer diversity of nonprofit organizations and the issues they work on means that nonprofits require leaders with a thorough understanding of the complex nonprofit landscape.

REQUIRED COURSES (Health Services Administration) – 30 Credits

  • PA 5001 Global Foundations in Public Administration
  • PA 5021 Fiscal Management of Government & Non-profit Organizations
  • PA 5030 Analytical Methods for Public Management
  • PA 5031 Quantitative Methods for Public Management
  • PA 5245 Management Information Systems in the Public Sector
  • PA 5810 Health Care Administration
  • PA 5225 Strategic Planning in Management
  • PA 5825 Health Services Administration and the Law
  • PA 5830 Health Services Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
  • PA 5850 Financial Management of Health Organizations

Electives (Health Services Administration)

  • PA 5010 Public Bureaucracy: People Process and Performance
  • PA 5144 Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
  • PA 5215 The Grants Process in the Intergovernmental Systems
  • PA 5605 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
  • PA 5710 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • PA 5860 Issues in Modern Health Care
  • PA 5985 Independent Study in Public Administration
  • PA 5010 Public Bureaucracy: People Process and Performance
  • PA 5144 Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
  • PA 5215 The Grants Process in the Intergovernmental Systems
  • PA 5605 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
  • PA 5710 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • PA 5860 Issues in Modern Health Care
  • PA 5985 Independent Study in Public Administration
Accordion Title: 
Guidesheet (MPA Nonprofit Management)
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The Health Services Administration concentration was designed by our faculty in consultation with our Board of Advisors and the health care community to provide our students with the foundation to become effective leaders of health care organizations. This concentration prepares you to begin or advance in careers as administrators in health care organizations providing you with the knowledge, the values and the skills to work effectively and to administer programs in virtually any segment of the health-care community. Your coursework provide you with the conceptual and practical skills covering the critical elements of administration, including marketing, budgeting, strategic planning, human resources, information systems, law, leadership
and ethics, and multicultural competencies. We help you focus on the unique nature and needs of health services organizations and gain the skills and knowledge specific to and necessary for leadership in this growing and dynamic sector. The sheer diversity of health services organizations and the issues they work on means that the heath care sector requires leaders with a thorough understanding of the complex health landscape.

REQUIRED COURSES (Nonprofit Management) – 36 Credits

  • PA 5001 Global Foundations in Public Administration
  • PA 5010 Public Bureaucracy: People Process and Performance
  • PA 5021 Fiscal Management of Government & Non-profit Organizations
  • PA 5030 Analytical Methods for Public Management
  • PA 5031 Quantitative Methods for Public Management
  • PA 5040 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • PA 5110 Human Resources in Public Administration
  • PA 5215 Grants Process in Intergovernmental Systems
  • PA 5225 Strategic Planning in Management
  • PA 5245 Management Information Systems in the Public Sector
  • PA 5710 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • PA 5730 Nonprofit Organization Law and Governance

Electives (Nonprofit Management) – 30 Credits

  • PA 5125 Collective Negotiations and Public Employment
  • PA 5144 Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
  • PA 5230 Improving Public Organization
  • PA 5235 Public Program Evaluation
  • PA 5270 Ethical Issues in Public & Non-Profit Administration
  • PA 5470 Governing New Jersey: Issues in Management and Administration
  • PA 5500 Advanced Topics in Public Management
  • PA 5550 Global Issues in Comparative Public Administration
  • PA 5605 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
  • PA 5700 Urban Policies and Administration
  • PA 5860 Issues in Modern Health Care
  • PA 5910 Current Issues in Public Administration I
  • PA 5911 Current Issues in Public Administration II
  • PA 5985 Independent Study in Public Administration

Research Seminar (All Concentrations)—3 Credits

  • PA 5990Research Seminar

Internship (All Concentrations)—6 Credits

  • PA 5960 Graduate Internship in Public Administration

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