College Launches New Jersey's First Online Master of Public Service Leadership Degree

October 4, 2012

Thomas Edison State College has launched New Jersey's first online Master of Public Service Leadership degree program.

Thomas Edison State College has launched New Jersey's first online Master of Public Service Leadership degree program.

TRENTON, N.J. – The John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies has recently launched New Jersey’s first online Master of Public Service Leadership program designed exclusively for working adults.

“Our new program meets the accelerating demand for education and careers in public service, both here in New Jersey and across the country,” said Dr. Joseph Youngblood II, vice provost and dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies. “This is a broadly defined sector that includes local municipalities, state and federal agencies as well as nonprofit, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations.”

The 36-credit program was created to develop the next generation of leaders for nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations and municipal, state and federal government. The program is offered completely online and has been developed in alignment with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) standards for accreditation. Students have the option of selecting one of seven areas of study, including:

• Community and Economic Development
• Environmental Policy/Environmental Justice
• Information Technology Management for Public Service
• Nonprofit Management
• Public Finance
• Public Health/Public Policy
• Learner-Designed Area of Study

The program has a competency-based curriculum focusing on advancing the knowledge, research and practice of public affairs that emphasizes theory, research and application.

“We have created a program that is aligned with the realities and needs of working professionals,” said Youngblood. “The program gives students an applied experience that provides both an opportunity to learn and grow and to apply what they learn to their actual work environments.”

For more information on the program, contact the College at or visit

About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at or by visiting the College website at