Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration
Traditional – 30 Credits
The Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration is designed to prepare participating students for successful advancement into supervisory and management positions, and is offered in a traditional and online (accelerated) format. This program is designed to meet the needs of the public and private sectors to enhance their leadership and management skills. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of quality leadership skills, the interaction of public offices and agencies, and individual development of actual leadership abilities. Through course work and associated research, students explore and gain an understanding of public sector management while mastering the skills necessary for exceptional leaders of the future.
Students develop an understanding of the concepts of and differences between management and leadership; requisite skills for effective personnel management and administration; the ability to perform effective employee evaluations; hands on strategies to design an employee development program; acquire a true understanding of the importance of quality leadership and embrace a desire to become a true leader of people
Online - 30 Credits
The Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration program is offered in an online format where the courses are delivered in the following sequence:
- Two 15-week simultaneous fall/spring courses, which introduce learners to the online course format, followed by
- two 8-week consecutive courses in the following fall/spring, and
- two 8-week summer courses.
1) Learners complete the program in less than 24 months, depending on their particular fall or spring start dates.
2) There is no elective in the online format and courses are taken in this sequence: GLP-602 and GLP-510 (simultaneously), followed consecutively by GLP-520, GLP-530, GLP-540, GLP-620, GLP-630, GLP-623, GLP-603, and GLP-610.
Graduate Grading Policy for Leadership and Public Administration
Graduate students must have a final GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to receive a degree
- Any graduate student who receives more than one grade of C (to include C+, C, and C-) will be dismissed from the program. A graduate student who has received one grade of C may appeal to the Academic Review Board to request a determination of eligibility to repeat the course. Academic Review Board decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Any graduate student who receives a second grade of C (to include C+, C, and C-) will be dismissed from the program; regardless of repeating a course.
- No grades of D will be given (anything lower than a C- is an F).
- A grade of F will result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- Understanding of the concepts of and differences between management and leadership
- Develop requisite skills for effective personnel management and administration
- Develop the ability to perform effective employee evaluations
- Learn hands-on strategies to design an employee development program
- Develop a true understanding of the importance of quality leadership and embrace a desire to become a true leader of people
A Program Targeted to Public Safety and More:
- Mid-level and executive-level police and fire service managers
- Municipal, county, state, and federal government managers
- Healthcare, hospital, and counseling service managers
- Private sector managers
- Managers of non-profit organizations
- Those interested in acquiring leadership and managerial skills
Public Safety Benefits
- Sworn (full-time) law enforcement and fire service personnel are eligible for a 30% tuition reduction
- Up to six graduate credits may be transferred into this program for appropriate educational programs (e.g., NJ, CPM, FBI NA, and West Point Leadership Program)
- Bachelor degree in social sciences (e.g., Criminal Justice, Health/Human Services, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology); bachelor degrees in other fields will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
- Completed Application
- Original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA
- A 500 word essay on your reasons and motivations for entering this degree program
- Approval of the program Director