The program is based on the premise that policy and administration must be understood in relation to each other, and the core of the program seeks to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding in both public policy and public administration. Beyond the core, the program offers a variety of opportunities to specialize. With approval of the program adviser, students may choose electives from courses throughout the university so as to specialize in such policy areas as housing, environmental planning and regulation, or criminal justice; or develop competencies that cut across policy areas; for example, in policy analysis, program evaluation, public finance, or personnel management. Opportunities for specialization include electives in public management, nonprofit administration, and public policy in addition to emphases in social welfare administration and services, and urban policy and planning; requirements for these emphases are listed on the following pages. Students may, with approval of the program adviser, choose electives that include courses listed under the emphases as well as courses relevant to public policy and administration offered by many other departments and programs.
MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Graduate Advisers: Blecha, Browning, Cho, DeLeon, Gemello, LeGates, LeVeen, Miller, Osman, Pomerleau, Purcell, Reisch, Seashore, Schneider, Shen, Tabb
Students who lack basic knowledge about American society, government, and politics may be required to take additional preparatory work prior to advancement to fully classified status. Potential applicants who are still completing their undergraduate work may wish to strengthen their preparation for the program with courses in public administration, economics, politics, public policy, and research techniques.
Core Requirement Units PA 700 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration 3 PA 710 Research Methods for Public Administration 4 PA 720 Microeconomic Applications for Public Administration & Policy 3 PA 730 Politics of Policy-Making and Implementation 3 PA 740 Managing Organizational Behavior 3 PA 745 Managing Human Resources 3 PA 750 Managing Budgets in the Public Sector 4 Internship Requirement PLSI 603 Public Service Internships (3) and PLSI 604 Internship Seminar (1) or URBS 650 Urban Internship Fieldwork (3) and URBS 651 Urban Internship Seminar (1)* 0-4 Culminating Experience Requirement PA 895 Master's Project or PA 898 Master's Thesis 3 Emphasis (see below) or Electives on advisement 10 Minimum total 37-41*Internship requirement may be waived upon evidence and approval of previous or concurrent educationally appropriate work experience in public policy or administration or may be met with equivalent courses in related programs.
PA 760 Urban Administration 3 Units selected from the following 7 ECON 506 Economics of State and Local Government ECON/URBS 535 Urban Economics GEOG 858 Seminar in Environmental and Land-Use Planning GEOG/URBS 433 Urban Transportation (4) PLSI 712 Seminar in Urban Politics and Policy Foundation (4) URBS 514 Urban Growth Managment (4) URBS 565 Social Policy and Family Systems (4) URBS 570 Urban Health Policy URBS 580 Urban Housing URBS 582 Homelessness and Public Policy Total for emphasis 10Public Management
PA 725 Public Management 4 Units selected from the following 6 PA 765 Management Information Systems in the Public Sector (4) PA 727 Advanced Seminar in Public Management PA 747 Financial Management in the Public Sector PA 767 Administrative Law ECON 601 Applied Macroeconomics ECON 806 Cost Benefit Analysis and Strategic Planning PLSI 501 American Bureaucracy (4) PLSI 731 Government and Ethics Total for emphasis 10Policy Analysis
PA 780 Policy and Organizational Analysis 4 Units selected from the following 6 PA 765 Managing Information in the Public Sector (4) PA 782 Program Evaluation ECON 320 Introduction to Econometrics ECON 805 Seminar: Applied Analysis in the Public Sector ECON 806 Cost-Benefit Analysis in Strategic Planning Total for emphasis 10Non-Profit Administration
PA 770 Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 4 Units selected from the following 6 PA 780 Policy and Organiza- tional Analysis (4) PA 727 Advanced Seminar in Public Management PA 747 Financial Management in the Public Sector PA 782 Program Evaluation MKTG 868 Marketing of Non-Profit Organizations PLSI 731 Government and Ethics SW 800 Planning and Program Development TPW 460 Grant Writing Total for emphasis 10
After initiating a research program (PA 895, Master's Project, or PA 898, Master's Thesis), graduate students must enroll each semester in PA 897, Research in Public Administration, until the project or thesis is completed.
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