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June 16, 2016

SVSU to offer new degree: Master of Arts - Public Administration

Saginaw Valley State University has approved a new graduate degree program and will enroll students for the Master of Arts - Public Administration program, beginning with the upcoming fall semester.  

The program is geared toward students who have completed bachelor’s degrees and are interested in careers or seeking advancement in the non-profit, governmental, public administration, or criminal justice fields.

“The program is intended to assist students seeking careers in the public administration sector or who striving for promotional opportunities,” said Joseph Jaksa, associate professor of criminal justice and program coordinator.

Within the program, SVSU offers a specialization in university and college student affairs administration for those seeking careers in higher education.

“Our Student Affairs track is unique to SVSU,” Jaksa said, “providing specific classes for individuals interested in administrative positions at colleges or universities.”

The course curriculum offers a combination of online and face-to-face learning opportunities. Classes are taught in online, hybrid (online and in-person), and traditional face-to-face formats. This educational structure provides students with a level of scheduling flexibility while providing a meaningful learning experience.

“Our class formats and courses provide a challenging curriculum in a friendly, learning environment,” adds Jaksa. “The program features highly-qualified instructors, including experienced full-time faculty members, as well as current and former university administrators. This blend of academic and practical experience gives our students the best of both worlds.”

The new program is replacing a Master of Arts in Administrative Sciences program that SVSU has previously offered.

For more information on the new Master of Arts - Public Administration Program (MPA), visit, or contact the SVSU Graduate Admissions office at (989) 964-6096.