Master of Public Administration
Director: Dr. Thomas Shaw
Office: HUMB 221
The Master of Public Administration program (MPA) is affiliated with the Political Science Department. The program offers aspects of administration such as planning, budgeting, finance and personnel management.
The MPA program serves a wide variety of students in terms of academic and vocational background. No specific undergraduate major is required, but students must have had or take an introductory U.S. government course before they can enroll in the required core courses. Student's normally enter the core curriculum in Fall Semester. The curriculum includes the following courses.
Public Administration Organization & Behavior: Theory and practice
|PSC 510||Intergovernmental Relations|
|PSC 520||Research Methods and Design|
|PSC 530||Quantitative Analysis|
|PSC 540||Government Personnel Management|
|PSC 550||Managing the Public Budget|
|PSC 570||Administrative Law|
|PSC 580||Public Policy Analysis & Evaluation|
CORE COURSE CYCLE
The eight core courses are offered once a year.
Fall Semester: PSC 500, PSC 510, and PSC 520
Spring Semester: PSC 530, PSC 540, and PSC 570
Summer Term: PSC 550 and PSC 580
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY CONCENTRATION
The Health Administration and Policy concentration comprises 12 semester hours of
course work that can be taken in lieu of the 12 semester hours of electives now required
of all MPA students. The four required courses include:
PSC 585 Health Policy - This course facilitates analysis of the role of federal, state and other participants in health policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. (3 hours)
PSC 586 Health Administration - Applications of management principles to healthcare organizations with a focus on governance and leadership, human resources, control systems, strategic planning, and accountability (3 hours)
PSC 587 Healthcare Politics and the Elderly - This course focuses on the health policy process and issues impacting the elderly, with particular attention given to the politics of legislation, financing mechanisms, and strategies for reform. (3 hours)
PSC 590 Special Topics - Variable topics course on healthcare policy and administration. (3 hours)
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION
The Geographical Information Technology concentration comprises 12 semester hours
of course work that can be taken in lieu of the 12 semester hours of electives now
required of all MPA students. The four required courses include:
GIT 560 Introduction to GIST (4 hours)
GIT 861 Applications in GIST: Environment (4 hours)
GIT 562 Applications in GIST: Business & Social Sciences (4 hours)
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are encouraged to apply in the fall semester, but are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).
1. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on all undergraduate work
(on a 4-point scale) or a GPA of 2.75 over the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
2. Students must have taken PSC 130 Intro to US Government or its equivalent prior to taking core MPA courses. A minimum grade of C for this course is required.