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Master of Public Administration - Option in Urban Affairs

Admission

The general standards for admission are identical to those for the Master of Public Administration degree program. An applicant must demonstrate a background of related undergraduate course work of twelve units, or significant management and/or staff experience in public administration.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 39 course units in graduate course work, with a minimum of 28 units of 500/600 level courses in public policy and administration;

2. Satisfactory completion of the following:

  • PPA 500 Foundations of Public Policy and Administration (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
    Prerequisites: PPA 518 or ECON 101 or ECON 300 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
  • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 610 Seminar in Urban Affairs (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 660 Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 670 Policy Issue Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 696 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: PPA 517 or STAT 108 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

3. Completion of an approved internship program (PPA 585) as required course work beyond the 39-unit minimum, or waiver of the internship requirement based on professional experience;

4. Completion of 12 units of elective course work from:

  • PPA 512, PPA 517, PPA 522, PPA 523, PPA 525, PPA 533, PPA 535, PPA 540, PPA 546, PPA 547, PPA 550, PPA 567, PPA 571, PPA 575, PPA 581, PPA 590; CRJU 530, CRJU 504, CRJU 621; EDAD 541, EDAD 544; EDP 520, EDP 536; GEOG 650, GEOG 666; HIST 673; POSC 640; REC 521, REC 571.

5. Successful completion of the following:

  • PPA 697 Directed Research (3,3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, completion of required MPA courses, consent of instructor.
  • An approved Student Learning Portfolio.

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