Public Administration

Associate Professor Aman Khan, MPA Director.

The program for the Master of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare students to assume administrative positions in government and nonprofit agencies with particular emphasis on municipal government and specialty tracks associated with it. Persons already employed in government can be prepared to assume more advanced positions. The interdisciplinary program is supervised by the Center for Public Service, with the cooperation of the Department of Political Science and the College of Business Administration.

Students are required to take 36 hours of graduate courses, including a specified core curriculum of 18 hours of public administration, political science, economics, and business administration courses. All degree candidates lacking substantial prior administrative experience are placed in a government or not-for-profit internship. Students will not be allowed to graduate with less than a B grade in any core course. A core course may be retaken only once. There are no foreign language or thesis requirements. Comprehensive examinations are given during the last semester of the candidate's course work. Assistance with job placement is provided.

Specialty tracks include city management, fiscal administration, policy analysis, border municipalities administration, health administration, and health policy and planning.

Doctor of JurisprudenceMaster of Public Administration. The Center for Public Service, in association with the School of Law, offers a program which enables the student to earn both the J.D. and M.P.A. degrees in approximately four years of full-time study. Both degrees can be completed with 105 hours of public administration and law courses (plus 6 hours of internship) instead of the 129 hours plus internship required if pursued separately. Application must be made and approved by both the School of Law and the Graduate School. No student may complete the M.P.A. program in less than 12 months.

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