The Master of Administrative Science (MAS) degree in the School of Administrative Science is a 30-credit program structured to meet the career development needs of adult learners working in administrative and professional positions in the private sector, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Its primary purpose is to enhance the administrative and leadership skills of graduates. The MAS is FDU’s largest part-time graduate studies program.

Designed primarily to serve adult students with five or more years of relevant professional work experience, the degree is targeted toward working adults. Admissions are based on multiple criteria, including the applicant’s career and other accomplishments, personal maturity, and evidence of commitment to graduate study and continued professional development. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have a significant record of relevant professional and/or administrative experience.

The course of study combines both cognitive and interactive instruction through case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises, and fieldwork that helps to develop critical managerial effectiveness. The MAS educational experience seeks to develop critical administrative competencies in a supportive learning environment in conjunction with specific and clear feedback.

Program highlights

  • Offered fully online, at 30+ off-campus sites, as well as on-campus and blended options
  • 30 Credits that can be completed in 4 terms or less than 2 years
  • Industry-focused specializations in areas such as global leadership, health and human services, homeland security, and many more
  • 50% tuition scholarship
  • Faculty that are industry practitioners
  • Advanced standing (6 transfer credits) for graduates of NJ State Certified Public Manager Program or (3 transfer credits) for Certified Public Works Manager Program or (3 transfer credits) for Certified Municipal Finance Officer or (3 transfer credits) for College of New Jersey Leadership Certificate or 3 transfer credits) for graduates of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Program or (3 transfer credits) for graduates of Saint Barnabas Health Care System Leadership Institute or (up to 9 transfer credits, if credits are posted on a University of Virginia transcript, Level 500 or above, 3 credit hours and a grade of B or better has been earned) for graduates of FBI National Academy or (3 transfer credits) for Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command or (6 transfer credits) for US Army Command and General Staff College or (6 transfer credits) for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Paralegal Studies or (3 transfer credits for Society of Human Resource Management Certificate.
  • Also up to 3 courses at 3 credits each (9 transfer credits) advanced standing from Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts or Master of Business Administration programs from other accredited Universities but only where the courses directly relate to specific courses in the MAS program and a grade of B or better has been earned. An official transcript and course descriptions must be submitted for review of transfer credits

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Official transcripts
  • Current professional resume
  • English proficiency test
  • GMAT and GRE scores are NOT required

Visit the School of Administrative Science admissions requirements for additional details.

Degree requirements

A student enrolled in the MAS degree program must complete 30 credits;21 credits (7 courses) must be completed in the MAS program. All students must take the Capstone Course, MADS 6612 Seminar on Strategic Management.

  • Administrative Competencies (6 classes / 18 credits)
  • Analytic and Decision-Making Competencies (3 classes / 9 credits)
REQUIRED CAPSTONE (taken after the completion of 24 credits)
MADS 6612*+ Seminar in Strategic Management (Capstone Seminar)
This core area provides an integrative learning experience that focuses on organizational leadership and strategic planning. Ordinarily the last course that a student takes in the program, the capstone seminar is offered on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan and Florham campuses, as well as in an online format.
Electives – Administrative Competencies (6 classes / 18 credits)
MADS 6600*+ Theory and Practice in Administration
MADS 6602* Personnel Administration
MADS 6603* Law & Administrative Practice
MADS 6604*+ Ethics & Public Values
MADS 6606* Administrative Leadership in Complex Organizations
MADS 6607 Collective Bargaining & Contract Administration
MADS 6608* Organizational Communication & Conflict Resolution
MADS 6613* Marketing of Public, Private & Not-for-Profit Organizations
MADS 6614? Comparative Public, Private and Not-for-Profit Systems
MADS 6616*+ Grant Writing & Administration
MADS 6617*+ Emergency Mgmt. & Safety Administration
MADS 6618*+ Leadership Plus
MADS 6629 Planning & Program Development
MADS 6631* Advanced Fundraising Practices
MADS 6633*+ GIS & Emergency Administration
MADS 6638*+ Financial Administration
MADS 6642* Global Health & Human Services Systems
MADS 6644* Law, Ethics & Policy for Health & Human Services
MADS 6645* Marketing Social Change
MADS 6647* Organizational Planning & Risk Communications
MADS 6653? Global Citizenship Seminar
MADS 6656* Social Problems & Solutions
MADS 6658? Leadership: Global Advanced Scholarship & Practice
MADS 6659 Latin America & Globalization
MADS 6662*§ Customer Service
MADS 6666? The New European Map
MADS 6672* Ethics & Human Rights
MADS 6674* Sociological Perspectives of Disaster
MADS 6676* Perspectives on Leadership from Film
MADS 6680 Strategic Planning for Intelligence-Led Policing
MADS 6681 Intelligence Team Management
MADS 6684 Principles of Information & Intelligence Collection
MADS 6685 Fusion Center Operations & Integration
MADS 6692* Cultural Diversity, Stereotype, & Profile
MADS 6693? Leading Culturally Diverse Workplaces
MADS 6695*§ Advanced Employment Law
MADS 6696*§ Building Effective Teams
MADS 6697*§ Current Issues in Cyber Forensics
MADS 6698*§ Current Issues on Terrorism & Security
MADS 6700*§ Global Technology Project Management
MADS 6701*§ Introduction to Computer Network Security
MADS 6702§ Investigation of Computer System/Network Emergencies
MADS 6703§ Public Presentations & Media Strategies
MADS 6704? Managing Media Relations: From Local to Global
MADS 6705* Homeland Security & Constitutional Issues
MADS 6706* Collaborative Leadership
MADS 6707* Impact of Terrorism on School Safety
MADS 6730* Malware Investigations
MADS 6731 Executive Communications as a Leadership Tool
MADS 6735* Introduction to Countermeasures Malware
MADS 6742 Learning Theories & Practice
MADS 6744 Academic Support
MADS 6747*? Relational Leadership
MADS 6751? Cultural & Social Awareness Seminar
MADS 6763* Grants & Sponsored Projects Operations
MADS 6773* Current Issues in Forensic Sciences
MADS 6779 Mass Communication Theories
MADS 6780 Society & Mass Communication
MADS 6781* Social Media Marketing
Electives – Analytic & Decision-Making Competencies (3 classes / 9 credits)
MADS 6601* Financial Administration
MADS 6605* Principles of Information Systems
MADS 6609*+ Productivity & Human Performance
MADS 6610* Organizational Decision Making
MADS 6615? Global Leadership
MADS 6620* Human Resource Systems: App. & Tech. For the Workplace
MADS 6626? Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Seminar
MADS 6627? Women’s Leadership in Today’s Global World
MADS 6628*+ Building Strategic Partnerships
MADS 6632 Technology Applications
MADS 6634*+ Community Threat Assessment & Risk Analysis
MADS 6635 Legal Research Methods & Analysis
MADS 6636*+? Global Preparedness for Catastrophic Emergencies
MADS 6637* Computer Systems Seizure & Examination
MADS 6639+ The Forensic Expert
MADS 6640*? Leading in Times of Crisis
MADS 6641 Contemporary Legal Issues
MADS 6643 Community Needs Assess. & Qual. Analysis for Health & Human Services
MADS 6646 Finance & Accounting for Health & Human Services
MADS 6648*+ Disaster Recovery & Organizational Continuity
MADS 6651* Operations Administration
MADS 6654+ Forensic Administration
MADS 6655* Contemporary Issues in Community Policing
MADS 6661*§ Managing Organizational Change
MADS 6675*? Optimum Leadership
MADS 6677 Planning for Changes in Information Technology
MADS 6679* Intelligence-Led Policing: Concepts, Practices, & Issues
MADS 6682 Intelligence Analysis
MADS 6683 Tactical & Operational Management
MADS 6686* Financial Crime: Its Nature & Extent
MADS 6691* Preventing Future Columbines
MADS 6694? New Challenges of Leadership in a Global Society
MADS 6743 Connectivism: New Learning Environments
MADS 6745 New Media Literacy
MADS 6776 Research Methods for Workforce Professionals
MADS 6777 Leading Volunteers in Organizations
MADS 6778* White Collar Crimes
Special Topics
Qualify for either Administrative or Analytic/Decision-Making Competencies Students are permitted to take a maximum of 2 Special Topics courses in the MAS program.
MADS 6708 ST: Administrative Research
MADS 6709 ST: Creativity, Change, & the 21st Century Leader
MADS 6710 ST: Dissonant Issues Seminar
MADS 6714* ST: First Responder Stress Awareness & Management
MADS 6715* ST: Global Terrorism & Emergency Management Preparedness
MADS 6717 ST: Leading Out of the Mainstream
MADS 6718* ST: Lifestyle Modification for Community Leaders
MADS 6720 ST: Metropolitan America: Influence of the Past & Future
MADS 6746 ST: Specialized Research and Argument
MADS 6753* ST: Elder Care Law
MADS 6775 ST: Career Development Process
  • * Also available in an online modality
  • + National Guard Bureau Approved Online Courses
  • Formerly ST: MADS 6611
  • Formerly: Global Perspectives & International Studies
Graduate Certificates
While in the MAS program, you can customize your education by earning a graduate certificate along with your master’s degree. Certificates are six courses (18 credits) unless otherwise noted.
Contact Information
Donna Ganley, Senior Coordinator, Graduate Programs

Course Descriptions