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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

College of Health and Human Services

KIN Courtyard

Public Policy and Administration - Programs

Master of Public Administration (code PPA_MP01)


The Center offers an innovative professional graduate program of studies leading to the degree of Master of Public Administration. The 36-unit program is designed with a professional emphasis and a recognized need to provide students with increased competency and perspective of the analytical and administrative processes of government. The MPA degree is sufficiently flexible that students may select a program of elective courses oriented toward a generalist program of study, place emphasis on a staff specialization such as personnel, or permit a focus on a specific public program field such as criminal justice administration. In all cases, a common grounding in the core areas of public policy and administration is required; beyond this, considerable freedom of choice enables students to select subjects which fit their particular backgrounds or career objectives.

Requirements
1. A minimum of 36 course units in graduate course work, with a minimum of 21 units of 500/600 level courses in public policy and administration;
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 500, 555, 577, 660, 670, and 696;
3. Completion of approved internship program (PPA 585) as required course work beyond the 36-unit minimum, or waiver of the internship requirement based on professional experience;
4. Additional elective course work in elective fields to meet the 36-unit minimum;
5. Successful completion of PPA 697 Directed Research and an approved Student Learning Portfolio. University Courses Acceptable for the Master of Public Administration

A wide variety of graduate courses in other departments also are acceptable. Graduate course descriptions are found in the department listings in which they are offered. Consult with Center Faculty for more information.

 

Option in Urban Affairs (code PPA_MP02)



The purpose of the Option in Urban Affairs in the Master of Public Administration degree is to provide students who have particular interest in urban problems and processes with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and awareness in the field. In this broadly based interdisciplinary program, students can develop an understanding of the systemic nature of the urban environment and the interrelatedness of many urban problems. The program is designed to provide urban managers with ideas and techniques for dealing with various urban situations. Emphasis is on state and local government issues and responses.

Admission

The general standards for admission are identical to those for the Master of Public Administration degree program. An applicant must demonstrate a background of related undergraduate course work of twelve units, or significant management and/or staff experience in public administration.

Requirements
1. A minimum of 36 course units in graduate course work, with a minimum of 24 units of 500/600 level courses in public policy and administration;
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 500, 555, 577, 610, 660, and 670, and 696;
3. Completion of an approved internship program (PPA 585) as required course work beyond the 36-unit minimum, or waiver of the internship requirement based on professional experience;
4. Completion of 12 units of elective course work selected from: PPA 512, 517, 522, 523, 525, 527, 535, 540, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550, 567, 571, 575, 581, 590; CRIM 512, 581, 621, 623, 624, 630, 640, 641, 650; EDAD 541, 544; EDP 520, 536; GEOG 600, 650, 666; HIST 673; POSC 640; REC 521, 571.
5. Successful completion of PPA 697 Directed Research and an approved Student Learning Portfolio.

 

Option in Public Works Administration (code PPA_MP03)



This Option is designed to provide advanced knowledge to practitioners and pre-career students in the growing field of public works management. Course work prepares students in general public administration and specialized public works management activities, including appropriate technical subjects such as air and water pollution, water supply, waste disposal and management, energy, housing, and transportation.

Admission

The general standards for admission are identical to those for the Master of Public Administration degree program. An applicant must demonstrate a background of related undergraduate course work of twelve units, or significant management and/or staff experience in public administration. For this degree option, the experiential background would be targeted to the public works and infrastructure sector.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 36 course units in graduate course work, with a minimum of 27 units of 500/600 level courses in public policy and administration;
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 500, 554, 555, 577, 660, 670 and 696;
3. Completion of an approved internship program (PPA 585) as required course work beyond the 36-unit minimum, or waiver of the internship requirement based on professional experience;
4. Completion of 9 units of elective course work selected from: PPA 515, 522, 527, 535, 540, 547, 549, 550, 552, 560, 575, 590; CE 520, 565;
5. Successful completion of PPA 697 or CE 697 Directed Research and an approved Student Learning Portfolio.

 

Graduate Certificate in Urban Executive Management (code PPA_CT01)



This program is designed to serve the post-graduate executive development needs of men and women aspiring to top level positions in city and county governments. The goal of this program is to provide urban executives with a comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning processes; dynamics of human relations; strategies for implementing policies; consensus building techniques; and economic and financial forces impacting on local governments

Prerequisite

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants for the graduate certificate in Urban Executive Management should have significant upper level management experience in Public Administration, and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible management experience in government.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 18 course units in graduate course work, including 3 required and 3 elective courses.
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 542, 547, and 571;
3. Satisfactory completion of 3 elective courses selected from PPA 512, 525, 535, 550, 555, 560, 575,and 577.

 

Graduate Certificate in Public Management Analysis (code PPA_CT02)


This program is designed for men and women who work or desire to work in budgeting, policy formulation, financial management, or program evaluation offices of government agencies. The program prepares candidates with such skills as defining a problem; conducting cost benefit analysis; utilizing basic statistical techniques; conducting behavioral/political analysis; preparing and presenting reports; learning to blend qualitative, behavioral, and political skills necessary for success as an analyst in government.

Prerequisite

In addition to general admission requirements, students should be employed in public service or related activities, or have a goal of public service-related activities.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 18 course units in graduate course work, including 4 required and 2 elective courses.
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 515, 517, 521, and 555;
3. Satisfactory completion of 2 elective courses selected from PPA 522, 523, 527, 540, and 560.

 

Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Employer-Employee Relations and Personnel Management (code PPA_CT03)


This program is designed for public sector managers and those aspiring to enter public service who need the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to deal effectively with the critical area of public sector employee relations and personnel management. The primary goal is to provide the necessary training for public managers to effectively utilize human resources to their greatest potential in conjunction with the needs of the public organization.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 18 course units in graduate course work, including 3 required and 3 elective courses.
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 555, 575, and 577.
3. Satisfactory completion of 3 elective courses selected from PPA 527, 570, 571 and 581.

 

Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Financial Management (code PPA_CT04)


This Certificate Program is designed for public managers and others interested in obtaining an understanding of governmental financial management concepts, functions, techniques, and issues. The program is designed to familiarize students with financial management problems and the techniques available for solving them. An emphasis is placed on how to recognize, evaluate, and utilize financial information in decision-making.
Those most interested in pursuing the Certificate would likely fall into one of three categories. First, current private sector finance professionals who wish to develop an understanding of financial management functions and practices within the public sector. Second, current public sector financial managers who wish to further develop expertise in public sector financial management. Finally, in-service public sector employees who wish to start a career in government finance and who may use the courses for the Certificate as a guide for their course work towards the Master of Public Administration degree.

Requirements

18 units: PPA 555, 590T, 560, 567; ACCT 610; IS 601.
Note: Appropriate substitutes for the required courses may be allowed subject to permission of the Public Finance Specialization Faculty Advisor. Also, ACCT 610 and IS 601 have substantial prerequisites. Prospective students should refer to the University Catalog for details.

 

Graduate Certificate in Transportation Policy and Planning (code PPA_CT05)


The purpose of this certificate program is to provide instruction in the skills and knowledge appropriate to professional activity in transportation policy and planning for urban transportation. Key support areas include urban planning, policy analysis, environmental policy, intergovernmental policy, personnel policy, and grants administration.

Requirements
1. A minimum of 18 course units in graduate course work, including 2 required and 4 elective courses.
2. Satisfactory completion of PPA 522, and 550.
3. Satisfactory completion of 4 elective courses selected from PPA 535, 540, 575, 670; CE 520; ECON 690.