On behalf of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs program at Southern University and A&M College, I welcome and encourage you to examine our academic programs. The vision of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is to become a world-class school of public policy research, education, and service. The School of Public Policy has been in existence since the early 1980s. Since its conversion in 2000, the School has achieved noteworthy growth in student enrollment, faculty, staff, and revenues. The School has recently added new Online Degree Programs and initiated plans for the Jewel Lamar Prestage Social Research Center.
The Nelson Mandela School 's increasing capacity is timely for Louisiana and the Nation as demands for those educated in public policy is growing due to the expansion of government services on a national, state, and local level. Clearly, the demands governments and non-profits are experiencing for more effective and efficient policies and services require increasing assistance for policy research, training, and technical assistance. The Mandela School of Public Policy has been expanding its activities to provide such assistance in all three areas. It will need to continue this expansion to meet the growing needs. The Mandela School's strategy is to combine its faculty and staff efforts with those of other Southern University academic units to devise interdisciplinary approaches that are demanded in the increasingly complex public policy environment.
The School offers several graduate degree program-a Master of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in Political Science, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Completely Online), a Master of Public Administration (MPA), an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA-Completely Online), a Ph.D. in Public Policy, along with a dual and joint degree program with the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and Master Public Administration. It should be noted that the Master of Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
For undergraduates, the School offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice (completely online).
William Arp, III Ph.D. Dean
Office: Higgins Room 410
Phone (225) 771-3092
Fax (225) 771-3105
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin L. King, Jr.