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

 

Public-Administration


Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

An Associate Degree in Social or Human Services from an
Accredited Institution plus Approximately 60 Credit Hours

 

The public administration degree provides an excellent education for human service personnel who want to move up.  It combines the knowledge gained in a human services program 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 human services alone.     

Beyond that, this degree program gives graduates considerable flexibility in career planning, and offers many opportunities for later career change without additional education.  The public administration degree opens up a world of possibilities beyond the boundaries of your associate degree subject.  In a field like human services, where rapid burnout is frankly common, a degree that allows you to prosper both within human service organizations, and later in other, completely unrelated organizations, offers great value.

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.

Students who already have a bachelors degree in social or human services can add this administrative component, and gain a second bachelors degree in public administration, with just 30 credit hours of additional coursework.  See the Postbaccalaureate page for details.

 

Examples of Positions for which Graduates Would Qualify:

 

Human Services Case Work Supervisor
Field Examiner
Auditor
Convalescent/Geriatric Program Coordinator
Nursing Home Administrator
Rehabilitation/Substance Abuse Treatment Administrator
Halfway House Director
Mental Retardation Facility Administrator
Group Home Director
Human Services Health Supervisor
Equal Opportunity Administrator
Human Resource Administrator
Public Affairs Officer
Disabilities Determination Services Administrator
Medicaid/Medicare Program Administrator
Aspire Administrator
Human Services Program Manager
Municipal Welfare Director

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
Auditor
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
daylin@maine.edu
207.621.3147
Ms. Terry Lawson
207.621.3288