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What You Learn

You develop administrative and leadership skills to be prepared for a management career in public service:

  • Create and implement plans to address and solve challenges for communities and individuals

  • Learn to direct and manage all levels of government and nonprofit organizations

  • Build your skills in public speaking and writing

Kean also offers a five-year B.A./MPA honors program to begin your graduate work as an undergraduate and reduce the amount of time required to complete a master’s degree. Choose from three B.A./MPA options — general management, health services management or nonprofit management

You can also choose to minor in public administration to complement your studies in another area.


Carey Brown, Lecturer
Ngoc Dao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Craig Donovan, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Bok Gyo Jeong, Assistant Professor
Ruthann Russo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jung Ah Yun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Program Options:

B.A. in Public Administration

B.A./MPA Honors Program

Minor in Public Administration

Also available

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I want to work in higher education and see my public administration degree as a way to develop that career. After getting my bachelor’s, I plan to continue for a master’s degree in public administration at Kean.

Jazmine Torres
Class of 2020


The national median annual salary for social and community service managers with a bachelor's degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Average public administration salary in New Jersey, eight percent higher than the nationwide average, according to


The national median annual salary for medical and health services managers with a bachelor's degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics


New Jersey ranks seventh among states in the U.S. for average public administration salaries, according to

After Kean

Plexuss ranking
                          Ranked #2 in New Jersey 

Kean graduates have successful careers in government, nonprofits, law, health care, higher education and more. Possible careers include:

  • Government Administrator
  • City Manager
  • Elected Official
  • Hospital and Healthcare Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Director of Development
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Program Director


Projected job growth by 2026 for social and community service managers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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