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Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses



Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Postbaccalaureate (Second Bachelors Degree)
30 Credit Hours

 

The Postbaccalaureate in Public Administration is a professional degree designed to prepare students for administrative careers in government and nonprofit organizations.  It meets the needs of those who originally prepared in a different discipline, but who now want a degree that will support a career in administration.  It can be added to a bachelors degree in any field.  It strongly enhances the career prospects of individuals who originally studied subjects like English or Social Science that do not support careers in administration, and it can be added to degrees in health care, criminal justice, human services and other fields to create strong combinations of skills that are much needed in modern organizations.

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 Might Qualify 

(Depending on the value added by the original degree):

Graduates with a background in any field

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
Community Organizer
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


With a background in Health Care

Manager in the graduate’s area of technical expertise (nursing, radiological technology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, etc.)
In a hospital or other health care organization
Budget Analyst
Budget Officer
Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Human Resource Administrator
Equal Opportunity Administrator
Public Affairs Officer
Medicare/Medicaid Program Administrator
Utilization Review Officer
Discharge Planner
Coordinator of medical specialties that do not require an MD or DO degree
Vice President for Administration
Vice President for Support Staff

In an insurance company or a health maintenance organization:

Individual Care Manager – a health care manager who coordinates cost-effective options for catastrophically ill or injured patients by working with the patients and their families, physicians, providers and employers to access the most appropriate medical care.
Utilization Management Administrator – a health care manager who determines the appropriate level of health care services required by a patient to eliminate unnecessary services and procedures.
Subrogation Division Administrator – a manager who coordinates payments resulting from legal actions when another party has caused or is responsible for injury or illness or coordinates payments when two or more carriers are involved.
Appeals Coordinator – a manager who investigates complaints against an insurer.
Special Inquiry Administrator – a manager who reviews appeals of a clinical nature and refers cases to appropriate clinical peers who have not been involved with a prior decision.
Long-Term Disability Administrator – a manager who is responsible for the determination of long-term disability benefits.

 

With a Background in Criminal Justice or Justice Studies

Police Officer through Police Chief
Deputy Sheriff through High Sheriff
State Trooper through State Police Chief
Special Agent of the FBI through several subsequent command positions
Secret Service Agent through several subsequent supervisory positions
Members of the Border Patrol
Officials of the U.S. Immigration Service
U.S. Customs officers
U.S. Drug Enforcement Officers
Officers of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency

 

With a background in Social or Human Services

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

 

With a Background in Computer Technology

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
Auditor
Municipal or State Treasurer
School Finance and Administration Officer
Officials in Not-for-Profit Organizations
Equal Opportunity Administrator
Human Resource Administrator

 

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Daylin J. Butler, Program Coordinator
daylin@maine.edu
207.621.3147
Ms. Terry Lawson
207.621.3288


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


Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

An Associate Degree in Fire Science from an Accredited
Institution Plus Approximately 60 Credit Hours

 

The public administration degree provides an excellent education for fire science personnel who want to move up.  It combines the knowledge gained in a fire science program with the administrative skills and perspective needed for career advancement.  The combination elevates candidates for promotion above individuals who have a more limited preparation in fire science alone.  Program graduates have served as Chief of the Fire Department and in other positions with significant responsibilities.   

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 fire science.

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:

Risk Management Officer
Safety Training Officer
Municipal Fire Department Fire Fighter through Fire Chief
Airport Fire Department Firefighter through Fire Chief
Fire Insurance Investigator
Safety Technician
Industrial Fire Protection Specialist
State Fire Marshall’s Office Investigator through State Fire Marshall
Municipal, County or State Public Safety Director
Agent of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Salesperson or Manager with a company selling/servicing emergency equipment
Official of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
State Emergency Management Agency Officer

 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


Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

An Associate Degree in a Health Care Discipline from an
Accredited Institution Plus Approximately 60 Credit Hours

 

One can only advance so far in health care without facing management responsibilities.  This transfer program combines the knowledge of a health care discipline like nursing, radiological technology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy (and many others) 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 health care 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 health care.

The public administration curriculum is comprehensive, covering public sector institutions, the central functional areas of modern administration, the health care system, 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 a health care field 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:

Manager in the graduate’s area of technical expertise (nursing, radiological technology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, etc.)

In a hospital or other health care organization

Budget Analyst
Budget Officer
Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Human Resource Administrator
Equal Opportunity Administrator
Public Affairs Officer
Medicare/Medicaid Program Administrator
Utilization Review Officer
Discharge Planner
Coordinator of medical specialties that do not require an MD or DO degree
Vice President for Administration
Vice President for Support Staff

In an insurance company or a health maintenance organization:

Individual Care Manager – a health care manager who coordinates cost-effective options for catastrophically ill or injured patients by working with the patients and their families, physicians, providers and employers to access the most appropriate medical care.
Utilization Management Administrator – a health care manager who determines the appropriate level of health care services required by a patient to eliminate unnecessary services and procedures.
Subrogation Division Administrator – a manager who coordinates payments resulting from legal actions when another party has caused or is responsible for injury or illness or coordinates payments when two or more carriers are involved.
Appeals Coordinator – a manager who investigates complaints against an insurer.
Special Inquiry Administrator – a manager who reviews appeals of a clinical nature and refers cases to appropriate clinical peers who have not been involved with a prior decision.
Long-Term Disability Administrator – a manager who is responsible for the determination of long-term disability benefits.

 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


Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or Justice Studies from
an Accredited Institution Plus Approximately 60 Credit Hours

 

The public administration degree provides an excellent education for police work and many related criminal justice agencies and functions.  It combines the knowledge gained in a criminal justice or justice studies 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 criminal justice alone.  Indeed, it is arguably the best undergraduate educational preparation for advancement in careers associated with the criminal justice system.  Program graduates have served in top level positions in Maine state and local government, including Chief of the Maine State Police, County Sheriff and local Police Chief. 

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 criminal justice.

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 criminal justice or justice studies 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:

 

Law Enforcement Positions

Police Officer through Police Chief
Deputy Sheriff through High Sheriff
State Trooper through State Police Chief
Special Agent of the FBI through several subsequent command positions
Secret Service Agent through several subsequent supervisory positions
Members of the Border Patrol
Officials of the U.S. Immigration Service
U.S. Customs officers
U.S. Drug Enforcement Officers
Officers of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency

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