Jul 04, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Public and Nonprofit Administration [BA + MPA]


Revised Program [Fall 2022]


The combined Bachelor of Arts in Public and Nonprofit Administration and Master of Public Administration degree is an accelerated five-year program in which exceptional students will earn undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students will spend their first three years engaged in undergraduate studies and their final two completing the graduate program. The total number of credits needed for the program will be 150. Students will complete their General Education requirements, a minor, and an abbreviated version of the undergraduate Public and Nonprofit Administration Major at the undergraduate level publicPublic and Nonprofit Administration Major . Starting their fourth year, students will complete all 40-46 hours of the M.P.A. program, and a portion of the credits will double count toward the undergraduate B.A. degree.

The curriculum requires two internships, one as part of the undergraduate major and the second in the M.P.A. portion. Thus, students will have substantial field experience in public administration upon completing the full B.A./M.P.A. degrees (website).

Department Information


Political Science 601 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3113 

Barbara Patrick, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


Tucker Staley, PhD, 601 Pray Harrold, 734.487.3113

Program Admission


Admission Requirements

Students will be invited to apply to the Combined Degree Program by Feb. 1 of their junior year and be offered admission by March 1.

Applicants must have:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.3; the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  2. A 250-word description of the applicant’s academic and professional history and professional goals in public administration.
  3. A personal interview with the program director is recommended if there are any questions about admission under the criteria above.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve EMU Graduate School minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or 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 MPA program. These students may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to successful completion of the ESL requirements. See the Admissions website for minimum scores.

Application Process

Application information and materials can be obtained from EMU’s Office of Admissions or at graduate.admissions@emich.edu or international.admissions@emich.edu. Qualified applicants will be admitted to Fall and Winter semesters on a rolling basis until the start of the term, but desired classes may not be available for students, and delays in securing official transcripts may also delay admission decisions.

Undergraduate Degree -


The requirements listed below will appear on a student’s undergraduate transcript.

For the undergraduate portion of this program, students must earn a minimum of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.

General Education Requirements:


For specific requirements, see General Education  or view the General Education Worksheet [PDF] .  

Major Requirements: 30 hours


Minor Requirement:


This major requires a minor. Please see Programs  for a list of available minors or contact your major advisor.

Graduate Degree -


The requirements listed below will appear on a student’s graduate transcript.

Degree Requirements: 27 hours


Concentration: 18 hours


Select one concentration from the following. Students may take Special Topics courses (PLSC 590 /591 /592 ) and Independent Study courses (PLSC 697 /698 /699 ) with advisor approval.

Local Government: 18 hours


Required Course: 3 hours

Restricted Electives: 15 hours

Choose fifteen hours from the following. A maximum of three courses may be selected from the Interdisciplinary Electives list.

Political Science Electives

Interdisciplinary Electives

Nonprofit Management: 18 hours


Required Course: 3 hours

Restricted Electives: 15 hours

Choose fifteen hours from the following. A minimum of two courses must be selected from the Political Science Electives list​. A maximum of three courses may be selected from the Interdisciplinary Electives list.

Political Science Electives

Interdisciplinary Electives

General Public Administration: 18 hours


We welcome students who would like to tailor their program to their career interests rather than specialize in the two concentrations above.

Students in the General Public Administration Concentration may take courses in political science (PLSC), accounting (ACC, TAX), arts management (AMA), economics (ECON), educational leadership (EDLD), geography (GEOG), historical preservation (GHPR), health administration (HLAD), management (MGMT), marketing (MKTG), sociology (SOCL), social work (SWRK, SWKE), urban and regional planning (URP), and other subjects with the approval of the MPA advisor. 

At least three courses must be in PLSC.

Combined Program Total: 151 hours


Critical Graduation Information


Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements (or their equivalents) of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

Minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University

Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
    • Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
    • At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details).
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required. 
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements - EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.