Master of Administrative Science (MAS)

The School of Administrative Science Master of Administrative Science (MAS) degree is a 30-credit off-campus program structured to meet the career development needs of adult learners working in administrative and professional positions in the private sector, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Its primary purpose is to enhance the administrative and leadership skills of graduates. The MAS is FDU's largest part-time graduate studies program.

Available in Classroom or Online

The MAS degree is available fully online, providing an opportunity for those whose schedule and/or distance from FDU campuses would otherwise limit their options.

About the MAS degree

The MAS is designed primarily to serve adult students with five or more years of relevant professional work experience. Since the degree is targeted toward working adults, admission is based on multiple criteria, including the applicant's career and other accomplishments, personal maturity, and evidence of commitment to graduate study and continued professional development. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have a significant record of relevant professional and/or administrative experience.

The course of study combines both cognitive and affective (interactive) instruction through case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises, and fieldwork that helps to develop critical managerial effectiveness. The MAS educational experience seeks to develop critical administrative competencies in a supportive learning environment in conjunction with specific and clear feedback.

The MAS degree option is also offered through the following units:

Learning Outcomes Assessment

Each degree has measurement that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the degrees. The following are the four outcome measures that will be assessed for the graduates of the School of Administrative Science.

  • Strategic Orientation. An SAS graduate will demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, coordinate, and/or manage a strategic plan through a collaborative process.
  • Communication. An SAS graduate will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations and/or write documents that present and evaluate information and opinion in a logical and analytical manner, incorporating research and documentation, and using style, grammar, mechanics, and format appropriate to an educated audience.
  • Information Literacy. An SAS graduate will demonstrate the ability to carry out thorough and effective information search strategies using traditional print, digital, and internet sources, evaluate the information accessed, and use this information along with existing knowledge to create something new.
  • Critical Thinking. An SAS graduate will demonstrate competency in critical thinking that encompasses dimensions of informal logic and ethical analysis.

Program Highlights

  • 30 Credits
  • Flexible Curriculum focused on developing the managerial skills of experienced professionals.
  • MAS courses can be taken at more than 30 off-campus sites. The Capstone course must be taken on campus at the Florham Campus in Madison, Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck/Hackensack, or FDU's Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England. The Capstone course is also offered in an online format.
  • GRE/GMAT not required.
  • A 50% tuition scholarship for all applicants.
  • Adjunct faculty of highly experienced practitioners.
  • 12-week terms or 5 consecutive Saturdays, 4 terms/year, September, January, April, and June.
  • 10-week online terms, 4 terms/year, September, January, April, and July.
  • Degree requirements can be completed in 4 terms or less than 2 years.
  • Step-in, step-out flexibility (i.e., courses are not in a rigid sequence with pre-requisites).
  • Advanced standing (6 transfer credits) for graduates of NJ State Certified Public Manager Program or (3 transfer credits) for Certified Public Works Manager Program or (3 transfer credits) for Certified Municipal Finance Officer or (3 transfer credits) for College of New Jersey Leadership Certificate or 3 transfer credits) for graduates of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Program or (3 transfer credits) for graduates of Saint Barnabas Health Care System Leadership Institute or (up to 9 transfer credits, if credits are posted on a University of Virginia transcript, Level 500 or above, 3 credit hours and a grade of B or better has been earned) for graduates of FBI National Academy or (3 transfer credits) for Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command or (6 transfer credits) for US Army Command and General Staff College or (6 transfer credits) for Fairleigh Dickinson University's Paralegal Studies or (3 transfer credits for Society of Human Resource Management Certificate.
  • Also up to 3 courses at 3 credits each (9 transfer credits) advanced standing from Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts or Master of Business Administration programs from other accredited Universities but only where the courses directly relate to specific courses in the MAS program and a grade of B or better has been earned. An official transcript and course descriptions must be submitted for review of transfer credits.

The University requires that each candidate for the MAS degree to complete a minimum of 21 credits "in residence" — seven courses in the MAS.