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College of Public Affairs

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Administration Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires all incoming students to be computer and information literate. Students should be comfortable operating a computer for such basic tasks as word processing, Internet searching, file downloading and e-mailing. Competence in a specific computer application program, such as Microsoft Excel, is stipulated as a prerequisite for enrollment in some courses.

This 42-credit program requires the following:

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • Public Management (PUAD 619)
  • Public Policy (PUAD 620)
  • Public Personnel and Human Resource Management (PUAD 621)
  • Public Budgeting and Fiscal Administration (PUAD 622)
  • Bureaucracy and the Political Process (PUAD 623)
  • Information Resource Management (PUAD 626)
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Public Administration (PUAD 627)
  • Statistical Applications in Public Administration (PUAD 628)
    (Must be completed within the first 15 credits hours. Prerequisite for PUAD 629 & PUAD 630.)
  • Public Program Evaluation (PUAD 629)
  • Analytical Techniques in Public Administration (PUAD 630)
  • Problem-Solving Seminar in Public Administration (PUAD 798)
    (Students may not take PUAD 798 unless they have successfully completed all core courses, except PUAD 626, by the start of the course and have permission of the program director. You must achieve a grade of B [3.0] or better in this course to graduate.)

Recommended Electives for Specializations (select 9 credits within your specialization)

Budgeting & Fiscal Administration

  • Public Administration and Public Finance (PUAD 701)
  • Public Financial Management (PUAD 702)
  • Political Economy of Nonprofit Organizations (PUAD 777)
  • Information Technology: Public-Sector Applications (PUAD 781)
  • Public-Sector Performance Measurement (PUAD 785)

Global Affairs & Human Security

  • Seminar in Globalization and Social Change (GAHS 504)
  • International Organization (GAHS 508)
  • Seminar in Human Security (GAHS 740)

Health-Care Policy & Administration

  • Policy Issues in Health Care (PUAD 751)
  • Legal Environment of Health Care Management (HSMG 630)
  • Comparative Global Health and human Security (HSMG 660)
  • Health Systems Management: Organizational Design and Human Resources (HSMG 766)

Negotiations & Conflict Management

  • Understanding and Assessing Conflict (CNCM 506)
  • Negotiations: Theory & Practice (CNCM 513)
  • Mediation: Theory & Practice (CNCM 515)

Public Policy & Administration

  • Urban Politics and Policy Planning (PUAD 720)
  • Strategic Planning (PUAD 734)
  • Administrative Law and Regulation (PUAD 740)
  • Policy Issues in Health Care (PUAD 751)
  • Public Policymaking (PUAD 763)
  • Intergovernmental Administration (PUAD 775)
  • Information Technology: Public-Sector Applications (PUAD 781)

Public & Nonprofit Management

  • Concepts and Practices of Nonprofits (PUAD 700)
  • Urban Management (PUAD 703)
  • Managing Diversity (PUAD 704)
  • State and Local Personnel Management (PUAD 730)
  • Leadership and Organizational Change (PUAD 732)
  • Managing Public-Sector Projects (PUAD 733)
  • Strategic Planning (PUAD 734)
  • Government-Business Cooperation in Community Development (PUAD 770)
  • Intergovernmental Administration (PUAD 775)
  • Political Economy of Nonprofit Organizations (PUAD 777)
  • Information Technology: Public Sector Applications (PUAD 781)
  • Public-Sector Performance Measurement (PUAD 785)

*Special Topics (PUAD 705) and Individual Research (PUAD 709) may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

Internship (3 credits)

  • Internship (PUAD 790)
    (May be waived by the program director for those with pertinent experience. If you have not had any significant public-sector work experience, you must take a 3-credit internship in addition to the other requirements.)
as of fall 2014