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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

College of Health and Human Services

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Public Policy and Administration - Programs

Master of Public Administration (code PPA_MP01)

This is a 36-unit program. 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.

Admission Requirements

1. Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA

2. Demonstrated competence in professional writing. A listing of ways you can demonstrate writing competence is available in the Center office (ET 235) or on the Center website: www.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/ppa/

3. Quality of professional experience as evaluated by Center faculty. This evaluation will be based on the applicant’s current job description, resume, any other materials submitted by the applicant, and the length of professional service.

4. Other evidence of applicant’s potential to undertake and successfully complete the MPA course of study: faculty may consider other evidence submitted by the applicant; for example, scores on optional standardized examinations such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or other recognized standardized examinations.

Following admission to the University and acceptance to the Center, each student should meet with a faculty advisor.

A student whose overall grade point average is less than 3.0, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential shown through recent academic performance and experiential background, may be admitted by special action of the Center.

Orientation Requirement

All students must attend a mandatory Center orientation within the first two semesters of acceptance into the MPA Program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Fulfillment of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
  • 2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all graduate work completed at this University, or transferred from other sources, to meet degree or program requirements.
  • 3. Successful completion (Grade of B or better) of six units in the MPA program.
  • 4. A grade of "B" or better in all of the following undergraduate courses: microeconomics, basic statistics, American government, and writing or composition.
  • 5. Satisfactory completion of the orientation requirement.

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 the following:

  • PPA 500 Foundations of Public Policy & Administration (3)
  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
  • PPA 660 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
  • PPA 670 Policy Issue Analysis (3)
  • PPA 696 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)

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 the following:

  • PPA 697 Directed Research (3)

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)

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 the following:

  • PPA 500 Foundations of Public Policy & Administration (3)
  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
  • PPA 610 Seminar in Urban Affairs (3)
  • PPA 660 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
  • PPA 670 Policy Issue Analysis (3)
  • PPA 696 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)

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 from:

  • PPA 512, 517, 522, 523, 525, 535, 540, 546, 547, 548, 550, 567, 571, 575, 581, 590; CRJU 530, 504, 621; EDAD 541, 544; EDP 520, 536; GEOG 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)

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 the following:

  • PPA 500 Foundations of Public Policy & Administration (3)
  • PPA 554 Public Works Facilities and Urban Policy (3)
  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
  • PPA 660 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
  • PPA 670 Policy Issue Analysis (3)
  • PPA 696 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)

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 the following:

  • PPA 515, 522, 535, 540, 547, 550, 552, 560, 575, 590; CE 520

5. Successful completion of an approved Student Learning Portfolio and one of the following courses:

  • PPA 697 Directed Research (3)
  • CE 697 Directed Studies (1-3)

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 the following

  • PPA 542 Emergency Planning and Management (3)
  • PPA 547 Local Government Economic Development Processes (3)
  • PPA 571 Leadership Skills and Strategies in the Public Sector (3)

3. Satisfactory completion of 3 elective courses selected from the following:

  • 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 the following:

  • PPA 515 Administrative Report Writing (3)
  • PPA 517 Analytical Skills Development (3)
  • PPA 521 Microcomputer Management for Public Administrators (3)
  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)

3. Satisfactory completion of 2 elective courses from:

  • PPA 522, 523, 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 the following:

  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PPA 575 Public Sector Employer-Employee Relations (3)
  • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)

3. Satisfactory completion of 3 elective courses from:

  • PPA 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

Take all of the following (18 units):

  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PPA 590T Special Topics in PPA - State and Local Public Finance (3)
  • PPA 560 Public Financial Management (3)
  • PPA 567 Basic Governmental (Fund) Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 610 Adv Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control (3)
  • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)

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 the following:

  • PPA 522 Automating Government Administration (3)
  • PPA 550 Urban Transportation Policy and Planning (3)

3. Satisfactory completion of 4 elective courses from:

  • PPA 535, 540, 575, 670; CE 520; ECON 690