Public Administration

Interested in a career in government or the nonprofit arena? The UMA Public Administration faculty has many decades of experience getting students ready for new or enhanced careers, and they are supplemented by an outstanding group of Maine public officials who offer courses in their areas of expertise. Our graduates have positions in a great variety of public & nonprofit organizations that make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Maine.

Degrees Offered: B.S. and A.S.
Available statewide over the internet



Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

An Associate Degree in Computer Technology from an
Accredited Institution plus Approximately 60 Credit Hours

One can only advance so far in careers involving computers and information technology without facing management responsibilities.  This transfer program combines your knowledge of computer technology with the administrative skills and perspective needed for career advancement.  The combination can elevate candidates for promotion above individuals who have a more limited preparation in computer technology alone. 

In addition, it is valuable to have employees who understand both sides of the technical-managerial divide.  People who understand what managers need, what the technical staff can plausibly do for them, and the implications of changes originating on either side.  

Beyond that, this degree program gives graduates considerable flexibility in career planning, offering many opportunities for later career change without additional education.  The public administration degree opens up a world of possibilities beyond the boundaries of computer technology.

The public administration curriculum is comprehensive, covering public sector institutions, the central functional areas of modern administration, and a range of valuable and relevant analytical skills.  It is designed to produce managers with an understanding of modern organizations, a sensitivity to political realities, a grasp of management methods, and a knowledge of the analytical tools needed to illuminate substantive issues.  See the checksheet for a list of the course and degree requirements.

Examples of Positions for which Graduates Would Qualify:

Local Area Network Supervisor
Web Information Content Manager
Network Systems Manager
Information Systems Project Manager
Geographic Information Systems Manager
Program Review Officer
Executive Administrative Assistant
Budget Officer
Municipal or State Treasurer
School Finance and Administration Officer
Officials in Not-for-Profit Organizations
Equal Opportunity Administrator
Human Resource Administrator

General Government Positions

Town Manager
Assistant City Manager or City Manager
County Administrator
Municipal or State Budget/Finance Officer
Municipal or State Treasurer
Commissioner of Public Safety
Executive Administrative Assistant
Program Review Officer
School Finance and Administration Officer
Officials in not-for-profit organizations
Court Administrator
University Administrative Services Director                                                                                                                               Member of Legislative Staff                                                                                                                   
Equal Opportunity Administrator
Human Resource Administrator
Public Affairs Officer
Officials in a District Attorney’s Office who do not require a law degree
Analyst for Legislative Committee
Manager in a Regulatory Agency
Maine Assistant Secretary of State
Local Airport Manager


For additional information, contact:
Dr. Daylin J. Butler, Program Coordinator
Ms. Terry Lawson