2013-2014 University Catalog

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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.  In addition, students must undergo an interview with a committee of at least two faculty members to complete the admission process.

The MPA consists of 42 SCH and students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in all 42 SCH in the major for graduation. Students will take 33 of these hours in 11 required core classes in the Department of Public Affairs and Social Research and 9 SCH of supporting elective hours, which may include courses offered by other colleges with advisor approval. There is no minor; thus students should choose electives that build upon the core. If a student earns a “C” in one of the 11 required courses, the student must repeat the course and achieve a “B” or higher. A second “C” earned in any course will result in dismissal from the program. Students pursuing the MPA degree as an additional master’s degree may obtain the degree upon successful completion of the required core classes and by substituting hours attained in the first master’s program for the 9 SCH of elective hours. 

Students are required to begin the program with the foundational courses including Survey of Public Affairs and Administration and Advanced Methods of Social Research. Subsequent courses will be taken based solely on advisement and in a manner that will help students to derive most benefit from the program. Students will have to complete all required courses before they can take the MPA comprehensive examination. Required courses may not be substituted.

Required courses:
PADM 5375 - Survey of Public Administration and Public Affairs1  
PSCI 5301 - Advanced Methods of Social Research2  
PADM 5332 - Program Evaluation  
PADM 5334 - Administrative Law  
PADM 5342 - Organization Theory  
PADM 5344 - Communication for Public Administrators  
PADM 5362 - Administrative Ethics  
PADM 5378 - Human Resources Management in Public Administration  
PADM 5380 - Principles and Politics of Public Budgeting  
PADM 5382 - Public Policy Development and Implementation  
PADM 5395 - Project3 or  
PADM 5396 - Internship4  
  9 SCH
Nine hours appopriate electives to be selected with advisor's approval


1Prerequisite for all required courses.
Prerequisite for all required core courses: cross-listed with CRIJ 5320 and SOCI 5322.
Required for students with two or more years experience in the public sector.
Required for students with less than two years of experience in the public sector.

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