Public Administration Studies (A.A.S.)
Public Administration Studies (A.A.S.) on laptop

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.

The program is also appropriate for those currently working in civil service positions who wish to earn a degree related to their career field.

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, 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.

Recent graduates have also transferred to SUNY Oswego, SUNY Oneonta and the University at Albany to programs such as Business Administration and Public Affairs.

This program is offered through the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.

  • General Information
    Includes: Program Description, Entrance Requirements, Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • Students currently employed in local or state government may increase their potential for advancement by completing this degree.
  • The program is offered in the evening, making it possible for you to study part-time toward your degree.
  • All of the courses required can be completed online.


The majority of graduates of this program move directly into the workforce in state, county and municipal government. Here are a few paths that graduates of the Public Administration Studies degree have taken: Office Clerk, Secretary, Administrative Assistant.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012): Office Clerk, $26,610; Information Clerk, $29,900; Secretary/Administrative Assistant, $34,660.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Ann B. Geisendorfer
Department Chair
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300
(518) 629-7342

For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309