The Public Administration Studies degree is for students looking to find careers in public service, either in local, regional or state government. You will be prepared to take on a variety of entry-level positions in government.
Students are taught the skills necessary for a broad range of professional
and para-professional positions found in federal, state, county and municipal
governments. In addition to preparing students for entry
into public service and public policy careers, the curriculum prepares current civil servants for
advancement to other positions within government.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation, but it also can position graduates for transfer opportunities to public affairs, public policy or public administration programs at a four-year institution. The program allows a wide variety of electives, allowing you to focus on a particular field of interest within the field of public administration, including criminal justice, political science, computer information systems, animal policy, law or health care.
This program is offered through the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- A wide variety of elective courses in the program allow students to focus on one of several areas of study. Students may choose electives related to a particular field of interest within the field of public administration, including criminal justice, political science, computer information systems, animal policy, law or health care.
- Students may complete the degree requirements through full- or part-time study.
Program can be completed by attending online.
Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
Graduates of this program may move directly into the workforce in state, county and municipal government or choose to continue their education at a four-year college or university.
Recent employers include Rensselaer County Sheriff's Dept. and the State of New York. Recent graduates have continued their education at The University at Albany, Sage Colleges and SUNY Potsdam.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Additional education beyond the Public Administration Studies A.A.S. degree may be needed for some careers.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
For more information regarding this program, contact:
Ann B. Geisendorfer
Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300
For more information about admission to this program, contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223