Total Minimum Program Hours: 36 hours
There are two options for the M.P.A. Students are in either the Traditional M.P.A. track or the online Concentration in Executive Public Administration (EPA). Students in the Concentration complete a minimum total of 36 hours; students in the traditional M.P.A. complete a minimum of 42 hours.
Traditional MPA - 42 hours minimum
Core – 21 hours
Course requirement – 3 hours
Electives – 15 hours
Capstone – 3 hours
Internship (if required) – 3 hours
MPA Program with the Executive Public Administration Concentration - 36 hours minimum
Core – 21 hours
Concentration requirements - 12
Capstone – 3 hours
Program 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 Program 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 Program. 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 program.
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.
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 Program. 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.
Concentration in Executive Public Administration (EPA) - 12 hours minimum
Contact information: http://onlinempa.usf.edu/
The Concentration in Executive Public Administration is available to students with significant executive level experiences and substantial future leadership potential. This option is only offered on an on-line basis. Students admitted to the M.P.A. in Public Administration with a Concentration in Executive Public Administration are admitted only on a cohort basis. Admitted students are expected to remain in their cohort throughout their graduate matriculation. Executive Public Administration students, once admitted, may not transfer into the Traditional Master of Public Administration degree program or take coursework across these two tracks.
In addition to the 21 hours of Program Core requirements, students in the Executive Public Administration Concentration are required to complete:
PAD 6134 3 Project Management
PAD 5836 3 Comparative Public Administration
PAD 6934 3 Seminar in Collaborative Governance
PAD 6934 3 Seminar in Executive Leadership
PAD 6056 3 The Practice of Public Management
The Concentration in Executive Public Administration also requires the completion of an exit capstone course requirement (that is, the cohort’s PAD 6056: The Practice of Public Management).
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.