Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration, BA/MPA

Public policy is in constant search of people with a strong environmental or political science background. Our Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration program prepares you to be a leader in government, health care, and the nonprofit sector, the three fastest-growing areas of the national economy.

Our 159-credit program gives you the opportunity to earn both a B.A. in either environmental studies or political science and an M.A. in public administration in as little as five years.

The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management, directed by Public Administration professor Brian Nickerson and located in White Plains, conducts studies on and for local governments and nonprofit organizations, offers executive and management training, and holds workshop and conferences concerning public policy. It also places students in internships with governmental and nonprofit agencies.

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Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration (PLV)

The program prepares students for leadership and management positions in government, health care, and nonprofit organizations through a comprehensive curriculum that integrates relevant theory with practice. Students who wish to complete both a BA in political science and a master’s degree in public administration may pursue the following 151-154 credit combined program. For more information, contact the chairperson of both the Political Science and Public Administration departments.
Required courses within the core: (12 credits)
SOC 102 (AOK 2), ECO 105, ECO 106 (AOK 5), MAT 134 or MAT 234 (AOK 5), or POL 240 Applied Research Methods
Required courses within major: (9 credits). Choose three of the following six courses:
POL 111 American Government
POL 118 State & Local Government
POL 222 Issues in Public Policy
POL 244 American Political Thought
POL 302C Workshop Constitutional Law
POL 315 Public Bureaucracy
   Political Science Electives in addition to major: (24 credits).  Choose four 100 level courses plus four 200 level courses.
FREE ELECTIVES............................... ................................18
It is strongly recommended that students take ACC 204 Managerial Accounting within their electives.
UNIVERSITY 101 ................................... 1
Pre-core Course (3 credits)
PAA 501 Accounting for Government, Health Care and Not-for-Profits*
*This course may be substituted with the undergraduate equivalent, ACC 204
Core Courses: (18 credits)
PAA 601 Public Administration and Its Environment (3)
PAA 602 Organization Theory and Management (3)
PAA 603 Economics of Government, Health Care, and Nonprofit Sectors
PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis
PAA 606 Research Methods
PAA 699 Capstone Project Seminar
Major Track: (12 credits)
Students must choose one sequence:
Government Track
PAA 630 Intergovernmental Relations (3)
PAA 631 Law in the Administrative Process (3)
PAA 632 Policy Studies (3)
PAA 644 Seminar in Government Management Topics (3)
Nonprofit Management Sequence
PAA 670 The History of Nonprofit Management (3)
PAA 671 Law for Nonprofit Managers (3)
PAA 672 Management Issues in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
PAA 681 Seminar for Nonprofit Management Topics (3)

Health Care Administration Track
This track has a separate set of core courses.

PAA 601 Public Administration and Its Environment
PAA 602 Organization Theory and Management
PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis
PAA 606 Research Methods
PAA 699 Capstone Project Seminar
PAA 650 The United States Health Care System (3)
PAA 652 Health Policy Studies (3)
HC 661 Hospital and Health Services Administration (3)
HC 666 Health Care Economics (3)
HC 655 Seminar in Health Services Management (6)
HC 614 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)
HC 662 Health Planning (3)
Environmental Management Track
Offered in cooperation with the Department of Biological Sciences Master of Science in Environmental Science.      
Prerequisites: 1 year of college biology, 1 year of college chemistry, and 1 year of college organic chemistry.  1 year of college physics and math are recommended.
ENS 610 Environmental Science I (3)
ENS 611 Environmental Science II (3)
ENS 650 Environmental Law (3)
ENS 623 Research and Statistical Methods For Environmental Science (4)
Recommended Electives: PAA 624     Environmental Science Policy; ENS   696F     Environmental Assessment
Elective Courses 
Total credits
** Students who choose to waive ACC 204 within their undergraduate elective can waive PAA 501 class thereby reducing the total program credits to 151.

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