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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


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): 45

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 Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission decisions to the M.P.A. degree program 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) and performance as an undergraduate. Specific criteria includes:

  • 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 M.P.A. Graduate Director's approval, letters from other sources will be accepted.
  • The submission of a 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 60th percentilein verbal, 25th percentilein quantitative, and 4.0 in analytical writing. This provision applies to all applicants, including those who have already completed courses in the M.P.A. curriculum. Regardless of GPA, those who score below the 20th percentile on either the verbal or quantitative sections of the GRE are required to retake the exam. However, at the discretion of the M.P.A. 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; or
    • Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Management or Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management with a grade point average of 3.00/4.00 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: 45 credit hours
Core 27 credit hours
Electives 15 credit hours
Capstone 3 credit hours
Internship (if required) 3 credit hours

Core Requirements 27 credit hours
PAD 57003Research Methods in Public Administration
PAD 6060 3Public Administration Theory and Practice
PAD 61053Organization Theory and Leadership
PAD 6227 3Public Budgeting
PAD 6275 3Political Economy for Public Managers
PAD 6307 3Policy Design and Implementation
PAD 6417 3Human Resources Management
PAD 6703 3Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration
PAD 6710 3Public Information Management
Performance in core courses: Students will only be allowed to have a maximum of two C letter grades in their core courses. Any student who obtains a third C letter grade will be required to retake one of the applicable courses.

Elective Requirements 15 credit hours
Each student must take 15 elective credit hours. Students should refer to the MPA website http://www.spa.usf.edu/graduate/mpa for courses approved by the department. Students wishing to take courses from outside this list must obtain approval from the MPA Director before registering. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better in all of their coursework during their time in the program.

Internship (if required) 3 credit hours
PAD 69463Internship in Public Administration

Pre-service students are required to complete a supervised internship in a governmental or nonprofit organization. Internships provide students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the public sector, thereby enhancing the academic course of study. Credit must be earned while the student is in residence and before the student has completed all coursework requirements. Exceptions to this rule can only be made by the MPA 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 MPA Director may choose to waive the internship requirement.

Comprehensive Exam
Capstone (exit requirement) 3 credit hours

PAD 60563Practice of Public Management

This is the 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 throughout 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 have already completed all of their core course requirements prior to enrolling in this course. A minimum grade of B- must be earned in the Capstone to pass. No other course can substitute this requirement.


College Degree Requirements

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

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USF Degree Requirements

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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,