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John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education

Between practice and theory, you’ll find real solutions.


Yesterday’s methods won’t solve today’s most complex problems. This idea is one of our guiding principles at the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education. To us, innovation and creative thinking are just as important as policy and practice. You’ll learn how to serve in order to lead, and you’ll take your desire to help others into rewarding, impactful careers.

As an undergraduate, you’ll focus on the applied learning that helps set you apart in today’s competitive public service marketplace. In our graduate programs, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a substantial difference in some of society’s deepest and most challenging problems.

For the personal and professional development of all our students, we also offer micro-credentials for leadership, managing change, emergency management, and more. Many offer resume-ready proof of mastery through badges and other recognitions, including digital badges in education, FEMA logistics, national preparedness, and more.*

At Post, public service isn’t just about being a do-gooder and offering a helping hand. It’s about substantiating moral and ethical purposes and finding an effective balance between academic theory and practical application. In all of our programs, our goal is to prepare you for important work that will help you change lives and transform communities.  

To learn more, get in touch with an admissions counselor today.

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Mission & Values

The John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education empowers students to achieve their academic and career goals by offering programs designed to address society’s most challenging issues. Through our focus on social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, we prepare our students to become collaborative and innovative professionals who serve their communities as public servants, educators, advocates, and leaders.

Community Service
Diversity and Inclusion
Outreach and Engagement
Social Justice
Social Responsibility

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
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Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
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Associate of Science in Legal Studies
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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
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Bachelor of Science in Child Studies
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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
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Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
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Bachelor of Science in Human Services
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Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
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Certificate in Paralegal Studies
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Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration
Graduate Certificate in Learning Design and Technology
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching
Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)
Master of Education
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services
Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership
Continuing Education Courses for Professional Development

The John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education gives learners the self-paced online continuing education courses they need to achieve personal and professional goals. This is an educational experience for every learner no matter where they are in their lives or careers.


Graduate Level

  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Building an Inclusive Organization
  • AEM/Certified Emergency Manager Certification
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • National Response Framework
  • Initial Ethics Orientation
  • Public Information Officer Awareness
  • Orientation to FEMA Logistics
  • Emerging Leaders

Undergraduate Level

  • OEC Early Childhood Teacher Credential
  • Introduction to Incident Command System
  • National Response Framework
  • National Preparedness Goals and System Overview
  • CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)
  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing
  • Introduction to Hazardous Materials
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for Alert Originators
  • Social Media in Emergency Management
  • Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships
  • Emergency Planning
  • Concepts of Religious Literacy for Emergency Management
  • Introduction to Exercises
  • Effective Communication
  • Introduction to National Incident Management System
  • ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • Forms Used for the Development of the Incident Action Plan
  • Leadership and Influence
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP)
  • AEM/CEM Certification Exam Prep
  • Workplace Security Awareness
  • Human Research Training
  • Safe Zone Foundational Training
  • HS-BCP Credential Exam Prep
  • Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Skills for Psychological Recovery
  • Nonprofit Management Foundations
  • Family Resilience
  • Design Your First Infographic
  • Writing a Resume


* While we offer micro-credentials outside of degree programs, each undergraduate and graduate degree program in the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education comes with micro-credential opportunities embedded within certain courses.


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