The public management specialization is designed to provide public and nonprofit sector managers or those preparing for service in the public sector with essential knowledge and skills in administration, budgeting and finance, communications, information systems, law, leadership, personnel, and policy analysis that are important for effective management in local, state, and federal agencies or nonprofit organizations.

For information, contact the Graduate Program Director Dr. Angie McGuire at, or call (732) 932-6998, ext. 603.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 42 credits of course work.

  1. Seven Core of Common Knowledge courses (21 credits)
  2. Three Public Management Specialization courses (9 credits)
  3. Internship (3 credits; see below)
  4. Three or four Elective courses, or Elective Policy Focus (9 or 12 credits)

Core of Common Knowledge (21 credits)

56:834:501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
56:834:503 Administrative Law*
56:834:515 Introduction of Public Budgeting and Finance
56:834:525 Public and Nonprofit Management
56:834:535 Research Methods
56:834:557 Human Resource Management
675 Research Workshop (prerequisite: all core courses)

Public Management Specialization (9 credits)

56:834:505 Organizational Behavior
56:834:536 Public Information Systems
56:834:553 Financial Management of Public Programs

Public Management Internship (3 credits)

56:834:541 Internship I (Required unless exempted by the MPA Director.)

Public Management Electives or Policy Focus (9 or 12 credits)

See List of Electives or choose Policy Focus

Students interested in an additional program focus may structure their elective courses in one of two policy areas, Education Policy or International Public Service and Development.

Education Policy

NEW    Education Policy Analysis OR 549 Curriculum Leadership
546      Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Education
547      Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

+ one additional elective if not required to complete an internship

International Public Service and Development Policy

556     International Negotiations
616      International Economic Development
NEW    Comparative Public Policy OR 670 International Conflict and Conflict Resolution

+ one additional elective if not required to complete an internship


Students admitted prior to Summer 2017 may elect to use the requirements in place at the time of admission.  See the 2015 Public Management requirements Download a PDF of the Public Management 2015 Specialization Worksheet.