College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola
Public Administration Program
Director: Yong Hyo Cho
Graduate Coordinator: Yong Hyo Cho
Professors--Browning, Cho, DeLeon, Gemello, LeGates, LeVeen, Miller, Osman, Pomerleau, Schneider, Seashore, Shen, Tabb
Master of Public Administration
The goal of the program is to prepare people for responsible positions in the public sector. This includes positions in government but also in such entities as community development corporations, nonprofit social service agencies, planning and consulting organizations, and activities of private firms in public affairs and public policy areas. Applications are welcome both from persons proceeding directly from an undergraduate degree without prior experience and from those with experience who wish to strengthen their capabilities or prepare themselves for new opportunities.
Graduates from the M.P.A. program pursue their professional careers in various government agencies at federal, state, and local levels, such as the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Government Accounting Office, city management, and state offices. In addition, many others find careers in nonprofit organizations, and consulting and research firms. Some go on to the Ph.D. in Public Administration at other universities to enter into a career in higher education.
MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Graduate Advisers--Browning, Cho, DeLeon, Gemello, LeGates, LeVeen, Miller, Osman, Pomerleau, Seashore, Schneider, Shen, Stowers, Tabb
Admission to Program
Ordinarily, applicants should have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 units of academic work. In addition to the application for post-baccalaureate study submitted to the university graduate admissions office, applicants must:
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.
Units PA 700 Democracy and Public Administration in Diverse Environments 3 PA 710 Research Methods for Public Administration 4 PA 720 Microeconomic Applications for Public Administration and Policy 3 PA 730 Politics of Policy-Making and Implementation 4 PA 740 Managing Organizational Behavior 3 PA 745 Managing Human Resources 3 PA 750 Managing Budgets in the Public Sector 4
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
PA 895 Master's Project or PA 898 Master's Thesis 3 Emphasis or Electives on advisement 10 Minimum total 37-41
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 10
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 10
PA 780 Policy and Organizational Analysis 4 Units selected from the following 6 PA 765 Managing Information in the Public Sector (4) PA 784 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 10
PA 770 Administration of Non-Profit Organizations 4 Units selected from the following 6 PA 780 Policy and Organizational Analysis (4) PA 727 Advanced Seminar in Public Management PA 747 Financial Management in the Public Sector PA 784 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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