MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION




Introduction

Education Philosophy

Mission

Accreditation

Off-Campus Programs

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Prerequisites

The Curriculum

Areas Of Concentration:

Community And Economic Development

Criminal Justice Administration

General Administration

Health Administration And Policy

Human Resources Management

Public Policy

Water Resources Management And Policy

Other Program Requirements

The MPA Faculty




Introduction

The Master of Public Administration degree program (MPA) is a graduate professional degree program that helps students prepare for careers in public service in the 21st Century. The program requires a total of 36 semester hours, with a minimum of 21 hours of Public Administration Core courses. There are presently six 9-hour  concentrations:  Community  and  Economic  Development Administration, Criminal  Justice Administration,  General  Administration,  Health Administration  and  Policy, Human  Resources  Management,  and  Public  Policy.   The Water Resources Management and Policy concentration consists of 15 semester hours beyond the core courses.  The goal of the program is to provide quality education that helps prepare people to work in government and nonprofit management at the community, state and federal levels.  The program also conducts research and renders assistance to community groups and agencies as a means of providing a vital link between the institution, the program and the community.


Education Philosophy

We believe that in order to become effective managers students should understand the five domain competencies outlined by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA).  These include abilities to lead and manage in public governance; to participate in and contribute to the public policy process; to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions; to articulate and apply a public service perspective; and to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.  In order to help students achieve these competencies, the program incorporates both practice and theory.


Mission

The current mission statement of Albany State University's MPA program is to:



Accreditation

The MPA degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).  Albany State University including the MPA program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Off-Campus Programs

At the present time all courses are taught in Albany, Georgia on the ASU campus.


Admission Requirements

An applicant for the Master of Public Administration degree must meet the requirements for admission to the Albany State University Graduate Programs in addition to those listed below.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 point scale) for course work completed at the undergraduate level is required for regular admission. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 is required for provisional admission.( required for admission to the MPA program only) *
  3. A satisfactory score on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For regular admission, a combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, a score of 44 on the MAT is required. For provisional admission, a combined score of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, 27 on the MAT is required.**
  4. Two official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended.
  5. Two current letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's ability to  successfully complete the graduate program.
  6. Submission of a completed graduate admissions application with a $20 processing fee.
  7. Applicants for admission to the MPA program are also required to submit a written statement of  career goals.
  8. International students must take the TOEFL and meet other criteria established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

All documents, including test scores, must be received in the Graduate Admissions Office at least 45 days prior to the desired semester of enrollment. Prospective applicants should contact the graduate recruitment and admissions officer in the Graduate Admissions Office for more information.

*The GPA's for regular and provisional admission above only apply to admission requirements for the MPA program and not for the ASU graduate programs as a whole. Non degree admission to the MPA Program is allowed only for students with masters degrees who may want to take courses for professional development. No student will be allowed to take more than (9) nine hours in non degree status.

**Scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT are not required for admission to the MPA program


Undergraduate Prerequisites

Applicants for the MPA program are expected to have three background courses (or their equivalent) in statistics or research, American government and computer literacy as follows:


Students who are deficient in these MPA prerequisites are expected to complete undergraduate courses as needed. They will not be allowed to take regular graduate coursework until all prerequisites have been met.


The Curriculum

The requirements for the Master of Public Administration degree are:

  1. A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work, at least 27 semester hours of which shall be taken in residence at Albany State University.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in courses distributed as follows:


Core Courses

21 hrs.

Courses in Concentration

9 hrs.

PADM 5851 Professional Public Service Internship/Project

3 hrs.

PADM 5905 Capstone Report*

3 hrs


A. The Public Administration Core Courses

The Public Administration Core consists of seven courses (21 semester hours) as follows:

PADM  5011 Public Administration: Scope, Development & Ethical Environment

3 hrs.


PADM 5125 Organizational Theory 

3 hrs.

PADM 5261 Public Personnel Administration

3 hrs.

PADM 5301 Public Budgeting

3 hrs.

PADM 5500 Computer Applications & Management of Information Systems**

3 hrs.

PADM 5502 Research Design and Data Analysis***

3 hrs.

PADM 5781 Introduction to Public Policy 

3 hrs.

**Prerequisite for PADM 5502.

** *Prerequisite for PADM 5851.



B.        Additional Required Courses (or equivalent)

PADM 5851 Professional Public Service Internship/Project

3 hrs

PADM 5905 Capstone Report (exit process)

3 hrs



C.        Areas of Concentration

The  MPA program  offers  the  students  an  opportunity  to  specialize  in  a  specific  area of         interest  in  Public Administration. Concentrations are specialized areas designed to sharpen the        student's research and analytical skills.  


Currently, the MPA program offers seven areas of concentration:

  1. Community and Economic Development Administration,
  2. Criminal Justice Administration,
  3. General Administration,
  4. Health Administration and Policy,
  5. Human Resources Management,
  6. Public Policy,
  7. Water Resources Management and Policy. These concentrations are described briefly below.



Community and Economic Development

This specialization is designed for persons pursuing careers in the field of community and economic development.  This concentration requires 9 semester hours to be selected as shown below:

PADM 5635 Introduction to Community and Economic Development*

3 hrs.

PADM 5831 Urban & Rural Community Planning**

3 hrs.

*Required for concentration and to be completed before any other concentration courses.

**Required for concentration and to be taken after PADM 5635.



And one course from the following:

PADM 5300 Administration of Nonprofit Organizations 

3 hrs.

PADM 5850 Community Development: Theory and Practice

3 hrs.

PADM 5860 Economic Development: Theory and Practice

3hrs.





Criminal Justice Administration

This concentration represents an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Criminal Justice and the Public Administration Program.  This concentration requires 9 semester hours as shown below:



CRJU 5100 Foundations of Criminal Justice*

3 hrs.

CRJU 5300 Philosophy of Criminal Justice*

3 hrs.

*Required.



And one course from the following:

CRJU 6110 The Social Service Role of Law Enforcement Personnel 

3 hrs.

CRJU 6400 Foundation of Corrections

3 hrs.

CRJU 6430 Rehabilitation and Treatment 

3 hrs.



General Administration

This concentration involves a study of management and supervision procedures used by organizations to motivate and maintain the internal labor force. Topics for discussion include wage and salary administration, training and development, safety management, performance control and internal communication. This concentration requires 9 semester hours to be selected as shown below:

PADM 5823 Program Development, Management and Evaluation*

3 hrs.

and two  courses from the following:

PADM 5200 The Administrative State

3 hrs.

PADM 5202 Administrative Law

3 hrs.

PADM 5650 Executive Leadership: Principles of Public Administration

3 hrs.

PADM 5810 Intergovernmental Relations

3 hrs.

*Required for concentrations


Health Administration and Policy

This specialization is designed for students seeking management careers in the health field. In-service students seeking career advancement also benefit greatly from this specialization.   This concentration requires 9 semester hours as shown below:

PADM 5322 Foundations of Public Health Administration and Management*

3 hrs.

PADM 5321 Foundations of Health Care Finance*

3 hrs.

*Required for concentration

PADM 5791 Health Care Policy and Politics

3 hrs.

PADM 5324 Epidemiology: Concepts and Methods

3 hrs.

PADM 5852 Health Care Delivery for Specialized Groups 

3 hrs.



Human Resources Management

This specialization is structured for students seeking management careers in public organizations at all administrative levels.  This concentration requires 9 semester hours to be selected from the list of courses below:

PADM 5212 Legal Aspects of Public Personnel Administration

3 hrs.

PADM 5450 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 

3 hrs.

PADM 5551 Diversity Management and Public Organizations* 

3 hrs.

PADM 5600 Issues in Human Resources Management*

3 hrs.

PADM 5615 Human Capital Development: Theory and Practice 

3 hrs.

*Required for concentration



Public Policy

The Public Policy concentration calls for analysis of and conduct of research on political, legal, economic and social institutions and processes. This concentration provides an in-depth preparation for a student seeking a career at any level or unit of government.



This concentration requires 9 semester hours to be selected from the list of courses below:

PADM 5511 Directed Independent Policy Studies

3 hrs.

PADM 5802 Public Policy Analysis*

3 hrs.

PADM 5810 Intergovernmental Relations*

3 hrs.

PADM 5815 International and Comparative Public Policy 

3 hrs.

PADM 5872 Executive Policy Making

3 hrs.

*Required for concentration



Water Resources Management and Policy

The Water Resources Management and Policy concentration is collaboration between the Department of Natural Sciences and the Public Administration program.  This concentration requires 15 semester hours beyond the core to be selected as shown below:

PADM 5720 Contemporary Issues in Public Administration*

3 hrs.

* Required for WRMP students.

WRMP 6400 Hydrological and Irrigation Fundamentals

3 hrs.

WRMP 6405 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

3 hrs.

WRMP 6410 Natural Resource Management and Planning

3 hrs.

WRMP 6415 Water Law and Legislation 

3 hrs.

WRMP 6420 Water Resources Policy Field Project**

WRMP 6421 Water Resources Management and Policy Professional Project**



Other Program Requirements

Admission to Candidacy - Students enrolling in MPA courses who intend to pursue the MPA degree must file for, and be admitted to candidacy, upon completion of 18 semester hours. Only 9 semester hours of graduate course work in which the student earned "B" or better in provisional status may be counted toward candidacy for the degree.

MPA Professional Portfolio - Each student is expected to complete a professional portfolio. The professional MPA portfolio consists of materials representative of one's academic work, accomplishments, and demonstrations of abilities and skills.



THE MPA FACULTY