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Masters of Public Administration Program Details

 

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  Spring: November 1
  Summer: February 1
  Fall: May 1  

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Master’s Degree in Public Administration

Admissions criteria:

The admissions requirements for the Master’s Degree in Public Administration include:

Required Items

Explanation and description

Bachelor's Degree

A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Preferred background in social sciences, with courses in college algebra and statistics recommended. A GPA below 3.0 can be considered if academic deficiencies are addressed in the personal statement.

Official Transcript

From the undergraduate institution and any post-graduate college or university attended. Must be sent directly from the degree-granting school to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmin@ku.edu or 313 Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas 66045.

Three Letters of Recommendation

From persons who can address the applicant’s ability to do graduate work and the admissions criteria. At least one reference should be an academic reference.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants should submit names and email addresses of references as part of their online application. References will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters of recommendation electronically.

Current Resume

A copy of your current resume, listing your employment history.

Personal Statement

A 3-5 page reflective essay describing your background and career goals and clearly indicating how the MPA degree fits those goals. Please address any academic deficiencies in your statement.

Writing Sample

A writing sample of at least five pages in length. This should be a work where you critically analyze an issue (not just summarize) and be well-cited.

·   Some possibilities include: an undergraduate research paper; a policy paper completed for work; another work product that analyzes an issue and makes an argument for a position.

·   The following items are not adequate for the application writing sample: police reports; internal or external briefing memos; newsletters; correspondence.

If you do not have a written sample that meets the requirements, you may prepare a report on a book or academic article relevant to the field of public administration. The KU Libraries can assist you with searching databases and accessing materials.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE is required for all MPA applicants (including career-option applicants) who have earned their bachelor's degree within the past three years. General test only (verbal, analytical and quantitative). GMAT or LSAT may substitute for the GRE. Our institution code is 6871, and the department code is 4801.

For students who earned their bachelor's degree more than three years ago, the GRE is recommended but not required.

 

Curriculum and requirements:

The Master’s Degree in Public Administration requires students to complete 36 hours of coursework.

Required Courses (31 hours)

Course

Credit Hr.

KU Code

PUAD Policy course (824 or 825 or 826 or 828)

3

PUAD 824 or 825 or 826 or 828

PUAD 834: Human Resource Management

3

PUAD 834

PUAD 835: Financing Public Services

3

PUAD 835

PUAD 836: Introduction to Quantitative Methods 

4

PUAD 836

PUAD 837: Resource Allocation and Control

3

PUAD 837

PUAD 841: Role & Context of PA

3

PUAD 841

PUAD 842: Law and Public Management

3

PUAD 842

PUAD 845: Organizational Analysis and Public Management

3

PUAD 845

PUAD 853: Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

3

PUAD 853

PUAD 897: Public Administration Contemporary Issues and Competency Assessment 

3

PUAD 897

 

Elective Credits (12 hours)

Career-option students take four electives (12 hours) to complete the program. Electives may be concentrated into specialized areas, allowing the student to earn a graduate certificate in conjunction with the MPA.

NOTES: For students beginning the career-option MPA program prior to summer, 2014, the degree requires 37 credit hours. For students beginning the career-option MPA program in the summer of 2014 or after, the degree will require 43 credit hours.

 

Graduate Certificate in City and County Management (12 hours)

Admissions requirements:

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (if the degree was awarded in the last three years)

3. Online KU graduate application (graduate.ku.edu/ku-graduate-application)

4. Official transcript

5. Current resume

6. At least three years of managerial experience, already admitted to any KU graduate program or have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited institution

7. International applicants and domestic non-native English speakers need proof of English proficiency

 

This certificate program comprises four courses from the following options:

Course

Credit Hr.

KU Code

PUAD 851: Infrastructure Management

3

PUAD 851

PUAD 852: Comparative Public Policy and Administration

3

PUAD 852

PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change

3

PUAD 854

PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology 

3

PUAD 856

PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance 

3

PUAD 857

PUAD 859: Service Management 

3

PUAD 859

PUAD 860: Introduction to Sustainable Communities 

3

PUAD 860

PUAD 898: Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement  

3

PUAD 898

UBPL 730: Plans and Planning Processes 

3

UBPL 730

UBPL 816: Politics, Planning, and Administration 

3

UBPL 816

 

As of the 2020-21 Academic Year, the City and County Management certificate will be comprised of four courses from the following list of options:

  • PUAD 825 Urban Policy and Administration -OR- UBPL 816 Politics, Planning, and Administration
  • PUAD 851 Infrastructure Management 
  • PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change  
  • PUAD 856 Managing Information and Technology 
  • PUAD 857 Performance Management and Governance  
  • PUAD 860 Introduction to Sustainable Communities
  • PUAD 898 Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement 
  • UBPL 730 Plans and Planning Processes 
  • UBPL 762 Sustainability and the Future of the Built Environment

Students enrolling before the 2020-21 Academic Year can choose to opt-in to the new curriculum requirements and should indicate their intention to do so via email to the MPA Program Manager.

 

Graduate Certificate in Performance Management (12 hours)

Admissions requirements:

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (if the degree was awarded in the last three years)

3. Online KU graduate application (graduate.ku.edu/ku-graduate-application)

4. Official transcript

5. Current resume

6. At least three years of managerial experience, already admitted to any KU graduate program or have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited institution

7. Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course and/or equivalent knowledge of statistics concepts up to regression.

8. International applicants and domestic non-native English speakers need proof of English proficiency

 

This certificate program comprises four courses from the following options:

Course

Credit Hr.

KU Code

PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change

3

PUAD 854

PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance 

3

PUAD 857

PUAD 858: Performance Audit

3

PUAD 858

One course from the following electives:

Course

Credit Hr.

KU Code

PUAD 853: Policy Analyses and Program Evaluation

3

PUAD 853

PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology

3

PUAD 856

 

As of the 2020-21 Academic Year, the Performance Management certificate will be comprised of 12 credit hours from the following:

Required courses | 9 credit hours | 3 credit hours each

  • PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance

Elective courses | 3 credit hours | Choose one of the following courses

  • PUAD 853: Policy Analyses and Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change
  • PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology
  • PUAD 858: Performance Audit
  • PUAD 861: Data Analytics

Students enrolling before the 2020-21 Academic Year can choose to opt-in to the new curriculum requirements and should indicate their intention to do so via email to the MPA Program Manager.


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