McDaniel prepares leaders in government and nonprofit with new master degree

McDaniel College is launching a new master of science degree in public administration to begin in the fall of 2012. The program is being offered entirely online.

As an extension of McDaniel’s social and human service graduate programs, this new master’s degree combines courses on public administration and public policy. The program prepares students for careers in local, state or federal government, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, including healthcare, higher education, transportation, social programs, economic policy and environmental policy agencies, labor unions and professional associations.

The program requires 36 credits for completion (cost per credit hour is $430). Key areas of study include human resources, policy, leadership and management. Specific courses include “Foundations of Public Administration,” “Public Policy Analysis,” “Organization Theory and Behavior,” “Introduction to Human Resource Management,” and an “Internship in Public Service,” among others. Courses are to be offered online providing convenience for working professionals and attracting those living not only in Maryland, but also throughout the region and nationwide.

Concentrations are available in human resource management, counseling education, environmental policy, gerontology, higher education, human behavior and management, or social justice.

In addition to the new master’s degree in public administration, McDaniel is also introducing a five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in public administration to undergraduate students studying business administration, environmental policy and science, political science and international studies, psychology, and sociology. Other five-year bachelor’s/master’s degrees offered by the college include counselor education, gerontology, human services management, secondary special education, music education, and secondary education (BEST). 

“The mission of both McDaniel’s public administration graduate program and the five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree program in public administration is to teach students to be accountable and effective leaders in public service,” Henry Reiff, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College, said. “Through coursework, practical experiences, and professional development, students gain essential learning opportunities that enhance their knowledge and skills, and clarify values in public service.

“With nearly 20 percent of the state’s workforce employed by city, local and federal governments, and almost 11 percent employed by nonprofit organizations, the demand is strong for public administrators in Maryland.”

Dr. Roger Casey, president of McDaniel College, added, “This new program in public administration fills a need in the Baltimore and the D.C. areas and reaffirms the college’s commitment to changing lives. With its emphasis on leadership in public service, the program is aligned with the college’s mission of preparing students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.”

About McDaniel College
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly-regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.

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