If you are looking to start a career in public service, either in local, regional or state government, the Public Administration Studies degree may be the right choice for you. You will be prepared to take on a variety of entry-level positions in government.

You will be taught the skills necessary for a broad range of professional and para-professional positions in government service. In addition to preparing students for entry into public service and public policy careers, coursework in program can prepare current civil servants for advancement.

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 wide variety of elective courses in the program allow you to focus on one of several areas of study or 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.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Graduates 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.
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Recent employers include Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department and the State of New York.
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Recent graduates have continued their education at The University at Albany, Sage Colleges and SUNY Potsdam.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Ann B. Geisendorfer, J.D.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, FORENSIC SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.