Public Administration, MPA
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 27 hours of Public Administration core courses and 9 hours of concentration courses in order to earn the Master of Public Administration Degree. There are presently five 9-hour concentrations offered in the MPA program and two concentrations (Water Resources Management &Criminal Justice Administration) offered in collaboration with other departments.
- Community and Economic Development
- Public Policy
- Public Management
- Health Administration and Policy
- Human Resources Management
The Water Resources Management and Policy concentration which consists of 15 semester hours beyond the core courses, is offered through a collaborative agreement with the Department of Natural Sciences and the Criminal Justice Administration concentration is offered in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Program.
The goal of the MPA 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.
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.
The mission statement of Albany State University's MPA program is to:
- Provide a professional Master's level education for students aspiring to management positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.
- Provide professional assistance to the public, government, and nonprofit organizations in Southwest Georgia, Dougherty County, and the surrounding communities through public service of the faculty and students.
- Increase the number of qualified graduates from underrepresented groups with professional public administration skills, training, and education for leadership positions.
The MPA degree program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA). Albany State University including the MPA program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
At the present time all courses are taught in Albany, Georgia on the ASU campus.
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.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- 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)
- A satisfactory score on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For regular admission, a Verbal score of 146 or better and Quantitative score of 140 on the GRE, a score of 402 (44) on the MAT is required. For provisional admission, a Verbal score of 143 and Quantitative of 138 on the GRE, 27 on the MAT is required.1
- Two official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended.
- Two current letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's ability to successfully complete the graduate program.
- Submission of a completed graduate admissions application with processing fee.
- Applicants for admission to the MPA program are also required to submit a written statement of career goals.
- 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.
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 demonstration of abilities and skills.
Scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT are not required for admission to the MPA program.
The requirements for the Master of Public Administration degree are:
- 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.
- A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in courses distributed as follows:
|Courses in Concentration||9|
|PADM 5851||Professional Public Service internship Project||3|
|PADM 5907||Capstone Report||3|
|Total Semester Hours||36|
The Public Administration Core consists of seven required courses (21 semester hours) as follows:
|PADM 5011||Public Administration: Scope, Development, and Ethical Environment||3|
|PADM 5126||Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Behavior||3|
|PADM 5262||Public Human Resources Management||3|
|PADM 5302||Public Budgeting & Financial Management||3|
|PADM 5781||Introduction to Public Policy||3|
|PADM 5501||Management Information Systems (MIS) for Public Management 1||3|
|PADM 5502||Research Design and Data Analysis 2||3|
|Total Semester Hours||21|
Prerequisite for PADM 5502
Prerequisite for PADM 5851
Additional Required Public Administration Courses
(or equivalent), 6 credits
|PADM 5851||Professional Public Service internship Project||3|
|PADM 5907||Capstone Report||3|
|Total Semester Hours||6|
(see Public Administration Areas of Concentration)
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Areas of Concentration
The MPA program concentrations are listed below:
1. Community and Economic Development
2. Public Policy
3. Public Management
4. Health Administration and Policy
5. Human Resources Management
In addition, there are two concentrations offered through a collaborative agreement with the Department of Natural Sciences and the Criminal Justice Program
6. Criminal Justice Administration
7. Water Resources Management and Policy
The requirements for each concentration are provided in this section.
Community and Economic Development
The 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:
Community and Economic Development Courses
|PADM 5300||Administration of Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|PADM 5635||Introduction to Community & Economic Development 1||3|
|PADM 5831||Urban and Rural Community Planning 2||3|
|PADM 5850||Community Development Theory and Practice||3|
|PADM 5860||Economic Development Theory and Practice||3|
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 Community and Economic Development courses:
This concentration prepares students for various positions in public policy making, advocacy and analysis.
Public Policy Courses
|PADM 5511||Directed Independent Policy Studies||3|
|PADM 5802||Public Policy Analysis 1||3|
|PADM 5810||Intergovernmental Relations 1||3|
|PADM 5872||Executive Policy-Making||3|
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 from the courses shown below:
Public Management Courses
|PADM 5200||The Administrative State||3|
|PADM 5202||Administrative Law||3|
|PADM 5650||Executive Leadership: Principles of Public Administration 1||3|
|PADM 5810||Intergovernmental Relations||3|
|PADM 5823||Program Development, Management & Evaluation 1||3|
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 to be selected from the courses shown below:
Health Administration and Policy Courses
|PADM 5321||Foundations of Health Care Finance 1||3|
|PADM 5322||Foundations of Public Health Administration and Management 1||3|
|PADM 5791||Health Policy and Politics||3|
|PADM 5852||Health Care Delivery for Specialized Groups||3|
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:
Human Resources Management Courses
|PADM 5551||Diversity Management and Public Organization 1||3|
|PADM 5600||Issues in Human Resource Management 1||3|
|PADM 5451||Labor-Management Relations||3|
|PADM 5213||Legal Environment of Public Human Resources Management||3|
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 to be selected from the courses shown below:
|CRJU 5100||Foundations of Criminal Justice 1||3|
|CRJU 5110||Theory and Philosophy of Criminal Justice 1||3|
|CRJU 6110||The Social Service Role of Criminal Justice Personnel||3|
|CRJU 6400||Foundations of Corrections||3|
|CRJU 6430||Rehabilitation and Treatment||3|
Water Resources Management and Policy
The Water Resources Management and Policy concentration is a collaboration between the Department of Natural Sciences and the Public Administration program.
This concentration requires 15 semester hours beyond the core as shown below:
Water Resources Management and Policy Courses
|WRMP 6400||Hydrology and Irrigation Fundamentals||3|
|WRMP 6405||Environmental and Natural Resource Policy||3|
|WRMP 6410||Natural Resource Management and Planning||3|
|WRMP 6415||Water and Law Legislation||3|
|WRMP 6420||Water Resources Policy Field Project 1||3|
|WRMP 6421||Water Resources/Policy Prof (Students must take either WRMP 6420 or 6421) 1||3|