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School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Public Administration Concentration

A comprehensive foundation for a successful career in public administration.

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Mount Ida’s Public Administration program is a concentration in the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, specifically designed to prepare you for a public service career and/or graduate school.

Preparation for the real world.

Our rich and customized approach to the curriculum will allow you to foster essential skills, including analysis, evaluations and synthesis, while exploring your interests through a variety of open electives. As part of our Political Science and History program, you will apply analytical skills directly to a tailored internship, senior research and capstone projects, and other real-world experiences. Through individualized attention, the program fosters development and proficiency in research and analytical methods that will prepare you for advanced graduate study and an array of careers.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Political Science and History degree program in our College Catalog.

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Program Requirements - 120-121 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 33 credits- Program Requirements Courses
  • 12 credits- Public Administration Concentration Courses
  • 33-34 credits- All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses
  • 42 credits- Open Electives

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • PO 102- American Government
  • PO 104- Introduction to Public Administration
  • PO 203- State and Local Government
  • LS 180- Conflict and Communication
  • PH301- Ethics

Living-Learning Communities

For first-year students in the School of Business, and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, we offer the CONNECT program to ensure a smooth transition into college life. CONNECT students live together in a newly renovated residence hall, where they also take classes, have close access to professional advising, peer mentors, tutoring, and additional co-curricular programs.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Criminal Justice, Politics and History faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Bart Biroschak

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Criminal Justice, Politics and History

Professor Biroshak shares his deep passion and knowledge of political science with his students inspiring them to think critically, whether looking at life in the U.S. or abroad. He recently returned from a service-learning trip with students to Costa Rica to study Coffee. Bananas and Social Responsibility. Students were challenged to study the culture and economy before leaving, then to analyze and compare upon return. Most changed their assumptions. “I bring a fairly neutral perspective to politics that I ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

The Public Administration Concentration opens the doors to a wide range of public service careers, including

  • City management
  • Financial Administration
  • State and federal courts
  • Graduate study programs

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

To ignite a passion for learning and accomplishment is most rewarding.
Roberta G. Steinberg

Professor Department Chair

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