Academic Programs

The John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies is designed to offer 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 will have a praxis orientation with an applied focus toward building capacity and leadership within the public service professions. Students will engage in a rigorous and relevant experience that integrates policy and management across disciplines. Programs are being 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

Upcoming Programs:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science in Management

Areas of Study:

  • Urban, Rural and Regional Policy Studies
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Environmental Policy/Environmental Justice
  • Information & Technology Management
  • Health Policy & Public Health Management
  • Public Administration
  • Early Childhood Education Leadership & Management
  • Public Finance/Budget & Fiscal Management


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Nonprofit Governance (Board Development)
  • NJ Infant/Toddler Credential (Early Care in Education)