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MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) is open to all students who hold any baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences for graduate admission.
 
The MPA consists of 42 hours of graduate credit. Students will take 33 of these hours in 11 “core classes” in the Department of Social Sciences and 9 “elective courses,” which may include courses offered by other colleges in the university. Students pursuing the Master of Public Administration as an additional master’s degree may obtain the degree upon successful completion of the major curriculum and substituting hours attained in the first masters program for nine hours of electives. An MPA degree with a Health Administration Track is also offered and consists of thirty hours of the core curriculum, six hours of internship and 12 hours of Health Administration electives.
 
Students are required to begin the program with the foundational courses (PADM 5375 & PSCI 5301) which should be followed by the theory courses (PADM 5342 and PADM 5362). These courses will provide the foundational knowledge, logic, and tools for gaining sound understanding of and appreciation for public administration. Core courses taken in the proper sequence will help students prepare for the comprehensive exam and derive most benefit from the program. Core courses have to be successfully completed before the comprehensive exam. Core courses cannot be substituted.
 
MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA)
MAJOR CURRICULUM
  33 SCH
Required courses:
PADM
5332  
PADM
5334  
PADM 5342  
PADM 5344  
PADM 5362  
PADM 5375  
PADM 5378  
PADM 5380  
PADM 5382  
PSCI 5301  
One course chosen from:
PADM 5395  
PADM 5396  
   
ELECTIVES
  9 SCH
Choose any nine hours of 5000-level course
 

TOTAL 42 SCH

 
1Refer to course description for information on prerequisites.
2May be taken concurrently with PADM 5375.
3May substitute with SOCI 5302 or CRIJ 5320.
4To be taken by those with two or more years experience in the public sector.
5To be taken by those with less than two years of experience in the public sector.
 
 

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION TRACK

 
MAJOR CURRICULUM
  36 SCH
Required courses:
HLTH
5344  
HLTH
5362  
HLTH 5375  
HLTH 5380  
HLTH 5382  
PADM 5332  
PADM 5344  
PADM 5378  
PSCI 5301  
SOCI 4370  
Internship:
HLTH 5696  
ELECTIVES
 12 SCH
HLTH 5350 Epidemiology  
HLTH 5353 Health Delivery Systems  
HLTH 5381 Health Insurance Administration  
HLTH 5390 Selected Topics in Health Care  

TOTAL 48 SCH

1Refer to course description for information on prerequisites.
2May be taken concurrently with PADM 5375.
3May substitute with SOCI 5302 or CRIJ 5320.
 

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