The master of public administration (M.P.A.)/master of accountancy in governmental accounting (M.Accy.) is a dual-degree program, which is designed for pre-career and in-career students to enable them to acquire professional competencies in public administration and governmental accounting within the context of public administration and public financial management. This unique dual-degree program, which is the first of its kind in the nation, offers students an academic program that broadens their technical skills in both of these areas. As governments increasingly seek qualified senior-level management staff who are conversant in accounting, auditing budget, and public finance, the dual-degree program will be of great interest to those want to broaden their skills in both of these fields. The program will familiarize students with the emerging context of public administration and nonprofit organizations in which increased accountability, transparency, and effectiveness requires higher mastery of the specific skills. The program is being offered jointly by the Rutgers Business School, an AACSB-accredited institution, along with the highly ranked Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). The M.P.A. degree at Rutgers SPAA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Students will need to apply separately to the two programs and must identify their interest in the dual-degree program on both applications. The M.P.A. program under the dual degree can be completed with 30 credits, instead of the normally required 42 credits. Students in the dual-degree program will need to complete a total of 60 credits, 30 from the Rutgers Business School and 30 from the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
To learn more about the admission process and to apply to the governmental accounting program, please click here. Please visit the School of Public Affairs and Administration website to learn more about the master of public administration program.