Imagine an affordable, flexible graduate program that works with your busy schedule and is offered by a prestigious University. Look no further than the Master of Administrative Science (MAS) program at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU).
FDU—with multiple campuses in Northern New Jersey including convenient locations in Hackensack, Teaneck and Madison—has a popular and successful master’s degree program geared toward public, private and nonprofit leaders. The MAS is one of the many gems offered by Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies School of Administrative Science.
“Petrocelli College is proud to deliver contemporary, affordable degree programs that respond to the most critical needs of the New Jersey economy,” said Dean Lisa Braverman.
Petrocelli College offers the 30-credit MAS, 36-credit Master of Sports Administration (MSA), 36-credit Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHA), 36-credit Master of Arts in Student Services Administration (MASSA) and a 120-credit Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS). Sounds great, but what is the process to apply?
First and foremost, each applicant can receive up to a 50 percent tuition scholarship. Each 3-credit graduate course, inclusive of the scholarship, costs $1868. There is no fee to apply and there is a very easy application process. Plus, no GRE or GMAT required. As an FDU graduate student, you may complete the program in 15-18 months part-time. You can also earn your graduate degree faster and save money by transferring up to nine credits—or nearly a third of courses you would need to take—into the MAS program.
Sources of credit can include previous college coursework, licensure and certification programs and professional development courses. More good news, your employer may even reimburse your tuition depending upon your company’s policy.
The MAS program is taught by full-time and adjunct faculty that have advanced degrees as well as practical application in their particular areas of expertise.
“Our faculty is highly qualified and they offer our graduate students not just text book experience, but professional experience,” said Dr. Kate Zatz, Assistant Dean, School of Administrative Science, Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. “Students meet individuals from all professional backgrounds and the networking opportunities are endless.”
Students can also choose from a variety of graduate in specializations such as Computer Security and Forensic Administration; Emergency Management Administration; Law and Public Safety Administration; Global Leadership & Administration, Global Security & Terrorism Studies; Intelligence-Led Policing; Human Resources Administration; Non-Profit Organizational Development, and many others. The MAS degree offers more than 115 courses that students can use to craft their degree.
There are at least 25 locations throughout the State of New Jersey to attend classes, and the programs are also offered online. The general class size is small with an average size of 12 students in the in-person classes and less than 25 students in the online classes.
“We are constantly updating our curriculum to be the forefront leader in continuing education studies,” added Dr. Zatz. “Everyday our world changes, and we must change with the times. Years ago, courses were only available in a classroom setting. Now, individuals can earn their degree from the comfort of their own home by attending courses online.”
In person classes are held one night a week for twelve weeks or on five Saturdays. Online coursework is completed in a 10-week term. Registrations are currently being accepted and the next term starts in April.
More than 3,500 participants have graduated from the MAS program in the past five years, making it the largest part-time graduate studies program at FDU.
Michael Cardona ‘15, Software Installer & Support Specialist at Integrated Media Management said, “The MAS program prepares you for the workplace. Faculty in the program provided us not only with real world scenarios, but also the opportunity to apply what we know in our current business practices.”
MAS students even have the opportunity to study abroad at Wroxton College, FDU’s campus in England. ‘The Wroxton Experience’ combines a high quality academic program with the opportunity to travel and experience new cultures.
One student shared her Wroxton Experience: “One week I am at the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck/Hackensack earning credits for the MAS Program, the next week I am in a classroom in rural England, studying in a 17th-century mansion. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I had to do it.”
For more information and to apply for summer or fall 2018, visit www.fdu.edu/mas.
Founded in 1998, Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University is a leading institution providing high-quality academic programs to students of all ages — from high school students to adult learners at different stages of their career and learning cycle.