Masters Program Details

The Master of Public Administration Program at University of West Georgia is a professional degree program that relates academic study to administrative practice. The curriculum is designed for those individuals who are either now in the public service or who are seeking a career in government or nonprofit agencies. 

Program Description

The MPA program is designed: (1) to augment the skills and knowledge of those already in the public service; (2) to provide a professional graduate degree program to meet the growing need for many additional skilled, knowledgeable public administrators; (3) to encourage students to pursue careers in government by providing public administration education; and (4) to equip superior students for research and study at the doctoral level.

Method of Delivery

Courses are 100% face-to-face

Accreditation

NASPAA

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

The Elective Track (9 hours): With the approval of the program advisor, each student must select 9 hours beyond the core courses. The track courses can be taken from a variety of departments. Generally, electives should form a coherent whole. Examples of track emphases include planning, management, and particular areas of public policy.

The Professional Seminar (6 hours) normally will be taken over two semesters at the completion of the student's degree program.  For those not employed in the public service, it includes a three-month internship in a governmental agency under the joint supervision of the agency supervisor and a faculty advisor.  A research paper on the internship or agency of employment for the in-service student will be required.

Public Budgeting - POLS-6200
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A hands-on practical course in how governments collect and spend tax dollars and with what effects. Theories of budgeting are examined for their usefulness in the daily realities of the government budgeting setting. Through in-class group assignments, students learn to construct budgets with economic data, write policy statements, and demonstrate an understanding of capital budgeting, cash and accounting principles.

Theory of Public Administration - POLS-6201
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: What is a good administrator? An examination of dilemmas and hard choices in public administration looked at from three conflicting perspectives: the good person, the good administrator, and the good citizen. topics include personal versus organizational responsibility; professional expertise versus democratic accountability; authority and culpability; and the relation between bureaucratic knowledge and the power it fosters.

Research Methods for Public Administration - POLS-6202
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Research techniques and computer applications relevant to public and nonprofit agencies. The design, data collection, and analysis component of the research process are emphasized.

Theories of Public Organization - POLS-6203
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A survey of the major theories of organizational design and behavior with an emphasis on comparisons of public, private, and nonprofit agencies.

Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation - POLS-6204
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Concepts, techniques of analysis and evaluation methods for the design and assessment of public policy and programs.

Administrative Law and Procedures - POLS-6205
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A detailed study, by ways of cases and controversies, of the Constitutional, legal, ethical, and administrative principles which regulate the actions of public servants, the course examines cases from both federal and state administrative experience.

Public Personnel Administration - POLS-6206
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of the processes, policies, and laws pertaining to public personnel, the course analyzes issues concerning personnel administrators including employee protection, motivation, and efficiency.

Professional Seminar - POLS-6286
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Taken at the completion of the student's degree program. Students not employed in public service will complete a 3-month internship in a governmental agency. An exit paper will be required. It will analyze an actual problem which confronts the agency, describe the problem-solving and decision-making processes involved in the solution, evaluate the supportive evidence for the decision made. Finally, the paper will evaluate linkages between the internship or work experience for the in-service student, classroom materials, and public administration literature. An oral defense of the paper before the student's committee is required. In-service students will received 3 hours credit, and pre-service students may receive 3 or 6 hours credit.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

GRE total score of at least 800

GPA of at least 2.5.

Application Deadlines

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: Graduate Program Checklist for Public Administration_2012.pdf

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Dr. Stanley M. Caress, MPA Director
scaress@westga.edu
678-839-4989

Dates

Spring 2013 Admission Deadline: November 30, 2012

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of generalist management techniques and skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linkage between theory and practice.