Career and Academic Opportunities

The Double Owl Pathway in Human Services-Public Administration is an ideal program for students desiring a career in public service, including public or nonprofit management, and/or public policy. As public institutions become more complex, if you can navigate the internal politics of large organizations, you will be highly valued – regardless if the organization is private sector, government, or other nonprofit. The focus on critical thinking and people management skills makes an MPA the advanced degree of the future.

The Pathway provides a focused and interactive educational experience designed to equip students desiring a career in public service with the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Students who completed the Human Services undergraduate major and Master of Public administration have gone onto careers in executive management, program development, fund development, and volunteer management for nonprofit organizations; the Peace Corps; public and program management at the local and state level; higher education administration and program development in the area of student retention and advising services; health care management; and community development. Some graduates also complete a second master’s in the areas of Business Administration, Social Work, and Public Health or a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health, Social Work or obtain a Juris Doctorate.

Salary and Career Information

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Admission Requirements

Double Owl Admission Requirements 
Double Counted Courses Include
  • PAD 6250 to count for HS 3500
  • PAD 6200 to count for Upper Division Concentration Elective for the Major
  • PAD 7180 to count for Upper Division Concentration Elective for the Major
Graduate Admission Requirements

Suggested Timeline

Apply to Double Owl early in Junior year. Apply to Graduate Program in Senior Year by posted graduate program deadline. Students can be identified in Sophomore year and early Junior year (i.e., once students meet -- or are close to meeting --- credit hour and other requirements).

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Contact Information

Undergraduate Information

Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Department / College
Social Work and Human Services / Wellstart College of Health and Human Services
Prillaman Hall, Room 3300

Advising Contact
Dr. Jennifer Wade-Berg, Program Director

Graduate Information

Graduate Degree
Master of Public Administration

Department / College
School of Government and International Affairs / Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Science Building, Room 5032

Advising Contact
Maureen Wilson, Advisor