Academic Programs

The John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and advanced professional certificate programs that cover domestic and international issues, including public policy studies, nonprofit management, financial management, public policy analysis, regional planning, early childhood education, environmental policy/environmental justice and health policy and management.

Academic programs have a praxis orientation with an applied focus toward building capacity and leadership within the public service professions. Students engage in a rigorous and relevant experience that integrates policy and management across disciplines. Programs are designed to develop and hone the skills necessary to transform students’ personal commitment into public leadership, enabling them to acquire a deep understanding of today’s public service environment and develop the skills necessary to work and excel in public service professions.

View Current Certificate Offerings

Degree Programs:

  • Associate of Arts in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science degree: Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Public Service Leadership
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Management 

Graduate Areas of Study:

  • Community and Economic Development
  • Environmental Policy/Environmental Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • IT Management for the Public Sector 
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public and Municipal Finance 
  • Public Health/Public Policy 
  • Public Service Administration and Leadership

Graduate Certificates:

  • Fundraising and Development
  • Homeland Security
  • Strategic Planning and Board Leadership for Nonprofits