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Public Administration in Government

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Department of Government and Politics offers students the opportunity to complete a Certificate in Public Administration. This certificate can be obtained independently or as a complement to the master’s degree. Students who have already completed their M.A. degree in the department may continue to study for the Certificate. Please note that no federal aid is available to students who pursue the certificate independently from the M.A. degree.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Government and Politics faculty.

Contact Information

Diane Heith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Government & Politics
St. John Hall Room 234C
Queens, NY 11439


The certificate requires students to successfully complete 18 credits (six courses) in Public Policy and Political Administration courses. At least two of the six courses must be taken from among the following:

  • Ethical Problems in Government and Public Administration (GOV 163)
  • Principles of Public Administration (GOV 181)
  • Political and Administrative Problems of Developing Nations (GOV 189)
  • Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining in Government (GOV 190)
  • United States Intelligence Policy (GOV 216)
  • Public Policy – American (GOV 218)
  • State and Local Government (GOV 241)
  • Politics of the Welfare State (GOV 296)


Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

Additional Information


The Pope Paul VI Scholarship, which began in 1965, is available to diplomatic personnel from Permanent Missions to the United Nations (UN), as well as UN personnel interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Government and Politics or an Advanced Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy or Public Administration. Eligible candidates must provide a letter of proof of employment in order to verify the student’s affiliation with the United Nations or Embassy. This partial scholarship covers 50 percent of tuition for the M.A. in Government and Politics or the Advanced Certificates in International Law and Diplomacy or Public Administration.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the needs of the St. John's administration, and the student’s demonstrated skills. Students receiving assistantships must maintain a full-time study program. Renewal of assistantship contracts, contingent on satisfactory work, is at the discretion of the University. Students who are interested in applying must complete the appropriate form and submit it with their application materials.