MPA - Public Administration
|Degree:||Master of Public Administration|
Required Courses for Major - 9 Hours
POLS Theory - One From:
- POLS 5330 - Introduction to Public Administration
- POLS 5350-Administrative Theory
POLS Policy - One From:
POLS 5351-Human Resource Management
POLS 5352-Fiscal Administration
POLS 5353-Public Policy Formulation
POLS 5354 - Urban Politic
Elective Courses - 27 Hours*
POLS 5354-Special Topics in Public Administration (9 hours total)
Approved Electives (12 hours total, to be approved by the MPA Director)
* Students choosing the thesis option will instead complete 21 hours of elective coursework accompanied by 6 hours of thesis credit.
Students will complete the following courses if they have not taken them, or their
equivalents, as undergraduates. When available, a graduate equivalent can be
taken to satisfy this requirement.
American Government (3-6 hours)
Introduction to Public Administration (3 hours)
Urban Politics (3 hours)
- Statistics for Social Scientists (3 hours)
Additional Degree Requirements:
Students must pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations to fulfill graduate requirements.. Written examinations will consist of questions from each of the three members of the student’s examination committee. The oral examination will be conducted after submission of the written examination and will include each of the members of the student’s committee.
MPA Thesis Option
Students may earn six of the 36 semester hours required of graduate work by successfully completing a Master’s thesis. The thesis option includes completion of POLS 5390 (Thesis) in which the student constructs and presents a research design; undertakes a plan to complete research; and begins writing their thesis, and POLS 5391 during which the student completes the research, writing and defense of their Master’s thesis.