Oakland University in Rochester Hills is now offering an accelerated program that allows students to graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration in five years.
“Students in this program save 12 credits of graduate tuition, and earn a (master’s of public administration) degree in one year instead of two,” says Suzanne Rossi, program coordinator for the master’s of public administration program at Oakland University.
Rossi says the program consists of 42 credits for the bachelor’s degree plus general education courses, and 40 credits for the master’s degree. Course requirements include government and the economy, macroeconomics, American politics, and research methods, among other classes.
She says students must have a minimum 3.2 overall GPA after completing the required undergraduate classes needed to apply for the master’s program. Classes to complete a master’s in public administration include quantitative methods, program and policy evaluation, and public sector information systems management, among others.
Master’s in public administration degrees are commonly earned for careers in management positions in government, nongovernmental organizations, and nonprofits.