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2009-2011 Graduate Catalog THIS IS NOT THE CURRENT CATALOG. LINKS AND CONTENT ARE OUT OF DATE!

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Programs (PADM)


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M.P.A. Director: Joseph Ohren, Ph.D.
601 Pray-Harrold
734.487.2522
johren@emich.edu

Program Coordinator: Don Koyluoglu, Ph.D.
601N Pray Harrold
734.487.0063
suku.koyluoglu@emich.edu

www.emich.edu/public/polisci/pubad

Mission Statement

The mission of the M.P.A. program is to prepare students for to prepare students for leadership roles and careers in public and nonprofit organizations. In pursuing this mission, the M.P.A. program will (1) offer a professional, terminal degree grounded in political science; (2) combine a foundation in general public administration with the specialized knowledge and skills associated with one of the program’s concentrations with focused attention to the needs of professionals in local government and nonprofit agencies; and (3) serve the community by expanding and applying knowledge and providing leadership in addressing public service needs.

Accreditation

The M.P.A. program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. This accreditation indicates that EMU’s M.P.A. program meets all national standards for such programs.

Department Activities

The department offers special opportunities to M.P.A. students by its involvement and leadership roles in EMU’s applied research institutes, the American Humanics program on campus, the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) and other professional associations.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to M.P.A. students. Graduate assistants support faculty members in instructional, research, service and administrative projects. Placements are also available outside the department with other University offices.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admissions
Applicants must:

  1. Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program;
  2. Submit a 250-word description of their academic and professional history and their professional goals in public administration;
  3. Have a personal interview with the program director, which is strongly recommended as a part of the admission process;
  4. Have taken one political science course in the fundamentals of American government, public law, state and local government or public administration;
  5. Have earned a C or better if the preparatory course was part of a bachelor’s degree; a B- or better if taken after the bachelor’s degree;
  6. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is not required; and
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students with scores below the minimum must take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at EMU to raise their English proficiency to a satisfactory level before beginning courses in the M.P.A. program. These students may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to successful completion of the ESL requirements. See Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores.Conditional Admission If applicants are deficient in the above prerequisites, they may be granted admission on a conditional basis, with degree admission subject to completion of the missing prerequisite(s).

Conditional Admission
If applicants are deficient in the above prerequisites, they may be granted admission on a conditional basis, with degree admission subject to completion of the missing prerequisite(s).

In lieu of the above prerequisite course, documentaion of acquired proficiency and/or appropriate experience may be accepted at the discretion of the M.P.A. director.

Promising applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements for regular degree admission, and who have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.75, may be granted conditional admission. Such applicants must arrange for an admissions interview with the program director and submit two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program. Applicants may be granted degree admission after completing at least 10 graduate hours approved by the program director, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course.

Degree Requirements
The MPA degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 17 courses with at least 40 hours of appropriate credit. This includes 9 required courses, four electives in political science, and a four course concentration. All pre-service students without substantial work experience in public administration must complete a 15-week equivalent internship experience and enroll in PLSC 688 Practicum in Public Affairs. The director of internships in the Department of Political Science will work with students to identify and supervise an appropriate internship.

The minimum acceptable grade in each of the nine required courses is a B. Students scoring less than a B may repeat a course once before being dismissed from the program.  All students must have a B average overall to graduate.

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* Error in catalog. This course was left out of the printed catalog.

Concentration Courses: 8-12 hours


Select one of the following eight concentration areas:

I. Public Management: 8-12 hours


Select four courses total with at least one course each from area A and area B:

A.) Communication and Human Interaction


  • One graduate course in CTAC selected in consultation with the M.P.A. Director.

B.) Techniques


  • INDT 502 Microcomputer Applications in Administration and Research (3 hrs)

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Students concentrating in public management will be required to enroll in PLSC 625 Local Government Management as one of their restricted electives listed above.

II. Health Administration: 10-12 hours


  • One additional course that is complementary to the particular area of interest.

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Students concentrating in health administration will be required to enroll in PLSC 660 Public Health Care Policy as one of their restricted electives listed above.

III. Land Planning and Development: 8-11 hours


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Students concentrating in land planning and development will be required to enroll in PLSC 655 Politics of Local Planning as one of their restricted electives listed above.

One course from the following:


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Students concentrating in gerontology will be required to enroll in PLSC 660 Public Health Care Policy as one of their restricted electives listed above.

V. Human Resource Administration: 12 hours


One course from the following:


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Students concentrating in human resource management will be required to enroll in PLSC 655 as one of their restricted electives listed above. PLSC 515 will substitute for MGMT 509 as a prerequisite for MGMT 618, MGMT 620 and MGMT 628. PLSC 610 will substitute for MGMT 505 as a prerequisite for this concentration only.

VI. Organization Management: 12 hours


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Students concentrating in organization management will be required to enroll in MGMT 505 or PSY 565 as a prerequisite to all courses in this concentration. MGMT 505 or PSY 565 will count as an elective in the M.P.A. curriculum.

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Students concentrating in public safety should be aware that some SSC courses required for this program call for nomination and admission to the Staff and Command School prior to enrollment. Please refer to this section of the graduate catalog for further information.

VIII. Nonprofit Management: 11-12 hours


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Students concentrating in nonprofit management will be required to enroll in PLSC 645 as an elective in the M.P.A. curriculum.

* Error in catalog. This course was left out of the printed catalog.

Program Total: 44 hours


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