public administration (m.p.a.)
The Department of Public Policy and Administration offers the only nationally and professionally accredited master of public administration (M.P.A.) degree in the Delaware Valley region.
The M.P.A. program offers five concentrations: community development; educational policy and leadership; executive M.P.A.; public management; and international public service and development (IPSD), a nationally recognized program jointly sponsored by the Peace Corps.
The international public service and development (IPSD) concentration combines coursework on community service, international development policy and administration, and nonprofit management with hands-on experience working with agencies here and abroad. During the first year, students serve in yearlong internships in Camden followed by either a 27-month placement in the Peace Corps or an alternative, one-year international assignment.
My bachelor’s degree trained me to work with government agencies. I pursued the IPSD track because my focus was on international politics.
Philip Arsenault spent the last year in São Paulo working for CEBRAP, an interdisciplinary research institution that develops studies on Brazil. The think tank he worked with focused on politics—a perfect fit for Philip, who received a B.A. degree in political science from Rutgers– Camden. “My bachelor’s degree trained me to work with government agencies. I pursued the IPSD track because my focus was on international politics,” Philip says.
At CEBRAP, Philip ran databases and performed quantitative research regarding decentralization issues in metropolitan areas. When he wasn’t working at CEBRAP, he wrote six reports that detailed his project as part of the M.P.A. curriculum. Philip enters the job market with a resume that boasts international experience, because of his Rutgers–Camden graduate degree. “I never went abroad until this program. The M.P.A. program allowed me to do that.”