Public Administration BA-MPA

Five-year Program

BA offered by Petrocelli College; MPA offered by School of Public and Global Affairs.

Students selecting the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration option are expected to meet the current M.P.A. admission requirements as set forth in the Graduate Studies Bulletin, with the exception that they are not required to have obtained their baccalaureate degrees.

Undergraduate students are not normally accepted until the end of their junior year. All applicants for admission are required to have a cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.00 and to have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 96 undergraduate credits, which would normally indicate that all of the students' requirements for three years of study have been fully satisfied. Students applying for admission to the B.A.-M.P.A. option program must submit a letter from their undergraduate department chairperson certifying that these requirements have been met.

In addition, applicants must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in their junior year and earned a satisfactory score. Prospective students must be interviewed by the director of the Public Administration Institute. If the student does not earn a 3.00 average in the first semester, he/she will be reassigned to his/her undergraduate program.

A total of 138 credits is normally required to complete the B.A.-M.P.A. combined degree program. Forty-two of these credits must be earned on the graduate level. Although not required, it is recommended that students take undergraduate courses in the following areas:

  • American government
  • statistics
  • computer usage
  • economics
  • basic accounting


BA-MPA Combined Degree Program


Undergraduate Students admitted to the BA-MPA combined degree program enter as matriculated students and must comply with all academic program requirements. (See Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.)


Degree Requirements


The MPA degree is granted for a minimum of 39 credits, of which at least 30 credits must be taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The 39-credit total must contain twenty-one credits of required foundation courses:

  1. PADM6600 Public and Nonprofit Management
  2. PADM6602 Budgeting and Finance
  3. PADM6603 Policy Analysis
  4. PADM6604 Human Resources Management
  5. PADM6606 Analytic Methods for Managerial Decision Making
  6. PADM6610 Quantitative Methods for Administrators
  7. PADM6680 Information Technology Management




The MPA elective course offerings are designed to offer students the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in public management, health services administration, Jewish communal service and nursing administration.

  1. PADM6801 Seminar in Strategic Management or
  2. PADM6802 Strategic Health Services Management.
    This course may be taken after completion of 27 credits, including the core curriculum.
  3. An accepted MPA Project Report (3 credits) or MPA Thesis (3 credits).
  4. A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for graduation. Students who receive more than two grades of C or lower will be dismissed from the program.
  5. In addition to the 39-credit requirement indicated, an internship (3 credits) is required for students having little or no background in public service. Students will be informed of their need to complete an internship upon admission to the program.
  6. Students are required to meet with their assigned academic adviser each semester to assess overall academic performance and plan for their next semester's program of study.

Students with weak backgrounds in government, communication skills, computer literacy or other critical areas may be required to take additional work beyond the 39-credit minimum.