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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Public Administration (PAD)

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Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
CIP Code: 44.0401
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Public Affairs Department (SPF)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Stephen Aikins
Phone: 813-974-0114
Email: saikins@usf.edu

Website: http://spa.usf.edu/graduate/mpa/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Public Administration Major offers a multi?disciplinary course of study leading to the Master of PublicAdministration (M.P.A.). The M.P.A. degree is designed primarily to prepare students for successful leadership rolesand management careers in the public (i.e., governmental and quasi?governmental organizations) and non?profitsectors. Students enrolled in the M.P.A. pursue careers in local, state, or federal agencies of government,non?profit organizations, and special service districts. Additionally the M.P.A. degree prepares individuals for furtheracademic study leading to a doctorate in Public Administration, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, as well as avariety of other disciplines. Those employed in public management positions may wish to pursue the M.P.A. in order tobroaden educational backgrounds to prepare for increased job responsibilities, or to change career paths. Such inservicestudents currently make up the majority of the M.P.A. student body.

The Public Administration Major also offers courses of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Management (G.C.P.M.) and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (G.C.N.M.). These options are designed for individuals who wish to acquire knowledge of public and nonprofit management theory and practices, but who do not find it necessary or feasible to pursue the M.P.A. degree. The M.P.A. Major also serves pre?service students who have recently completed a bachelor's degree, who wish to gain entry to a professional career track. Students admitted to the M.P.A. are not eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Public Management.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools; the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission decisions to the M.P.A. are based on an overall assessment of the applicant's potential for successfully completing the M.P.A. degree. General admission criteria include scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), performance as an undergraduate.

Specific criteria are:

  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential. Should the applicant be unable to provide the letter from a former professor, with the director's approval, letters from other sources will be accepted.
  • The submission of a one-page career statement detailing the applicant's career goals and aspirations, including ways in which the applicant believes the M.P.A. degree can help to facilitate the stated goals.
  • The submission of a Resume showing work experience.
  • Approval by the M.P.A. Admissions Committee and, if deemed necessary, an admissions interview.
  • GRE is recommended with preferred scores of 60% V, 25% Quantitative and 4.0 AW. This provision applies to all applicants, including those who have already completed courses in the MPA curriculum. Regardless of GPA, those who score below 20 percentile on either the verbal or quantitative sections on the GRE are required to retake the exam.However, at the discretion of the MPA faculty, it may be waived under certain conditions. Examples where GRE requirements may be waived include:
    • Applicant already possesses a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • Applicant has a 3.25, or higher, undergraduate GPA
    • Five years or more of practical, professional experience at a senior level (to be determined upon review of documentation by the admissions committee)
    • Documentation of past experience through letters of recommendation from senior management, and
    • Completion of theGraduate Certificate in Public Management, or Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management) with a grade point average of 3.5/4.0 or better in the Certificate and no certificate course grade less than a B?.
 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 36 hours

Traditional MPA - 42 hours minimum
Core 21 hours
Course requirement 3 hours
Electives 15 hours
Capstone 3 hours
Internship (if required) 3 hours

Core Requirements - 21 hours
PAD 6060 3 Public Administration Theory and Practice
PAD 6041 3 Ethics and Public Service
PAD 6227 3 Public Budgeting
PAD 6307 3 Policy Analysis, Implementation, and Program Evaluation
PAD 6703 3 Quantitative Aids for Public Managers
PAD 6710 3 Public Information Management
PAD 6275 3 Political Economy for Public Managers

Traditional M.P.A. Requirements
In addition to the 21 hours of Core requirements, students in the traditional path are required to complete:

Course requirements - 3 hours
PAD 6417 3 Human Resources Management

Electives - 15 credit hours
Each student must take 15 elective credit hours depending on the exit option chosen. Students should refer to the MPA website http://www.cas.usf.edu/pad/index.html http://www.spa.usf.edu for courses approved by the department. Students wishing to take courses from outside this list must obtain approval before registering. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or better in all of their coursework during the major.

Internship 3 credit hours minimum
PAD 6946      Internship in Public Administration
Pre-service students are required to complete a supervised internship in a governmental or non-profit organization. Internships provide students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the public sector, thereby enhancing the academic course of study. Internship credits must be earned while the student is in residence and before the student has completed regular course work requirements. Exceptions to this rule can only be made by the M.P.A. Director and must be made in advance. In-service students, who have appropriate managerial/work experience commensurate with their career goals, may not be required to complete an internship. After consultation with the student, the M.P.A. Director may choose to waive the internship requirement.

Comprehensive Exam

Exit Requirements

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
PAD6056, The Practice of Public Management, is a final step before graduation. The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills acquired during the MPA Major. This course is designed to challenge students to demonstrate their capability in synthesizing and integrating conceptual frameworks, and relate these skills to managerial or administrative situations. To be eligible for the Capstone course, students must be in their last semester or have completed a minimum of 13 courses and must have completed PAD 6060. A minimum grade of “B-“must be earned in the Capstone Course.  Students who transfer before completing all of the requirements for the MPA at USF will need to enroll into a capstone class at another NASPAA accredited institution with prior approval provided by the Director of Public Administration. An Independent Research class cannot be substituted for PAD 6056 The Practice of Public Administration.

Doctoral Minor in Public Administration
Students enrolled in doctoral level courses of study in other programs (e.g., Anthropology, Psychology, Education) can, with their program’s approval, complete a doctoral minor in Public Administration. Students should complete a minimum of four graduate public administration courses to be determined with the advice and consent of an M.P.A. faculty member or M.P.A. Director.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

PAD5700, PAD6060, PAD6041, PAD6227, PAD6307, PAD6417, PAD6703, PAD6710, PAD6275, PAD6056, PAD6909,