Master of Public Administration

Director: Dr. Sam Fisher
Office: HUMB# 233
Phone:460-7204
Email: sfisher@southalabama.edu

The Master of Public Administration program (MPA) is affiliated with the Political Science Department. The program offers aspects of administration such as planning, budgeting, finance and personnel management.

The MPA program serves a wide variety of students in terms of academic and vocational background. No specific undergraduate major is required, but students must have had or take an introductory U.S. government course before they can enroll in the required core courses. Student's normally enter the core curriculum in Fall Semester. The curriculum includes the following courses.

Requirements


PSC 500
 Public Administration Organization & Behavior: Theory and practice
PSC 510 Intergovernmental Relations
PSC 520 Research Methods and Design
PSC 530 Quantitative Analysis
PSC 540 Government Personnel Management
PSC 550 Managing the Public Budget
PSC 570 Administrative Law
PSC 580 Public Policy Analysis & Evaluation
In addition, students take 12 semester hours (four courses or the equivalent in electives. An internship or thesis is optional). A comprehensive examination is required. Full information on admission procedures, academic standards and degree requirement can be found in current University of South Alabama Bulletin. Financial aid is available to full-time students.

 

CORE COURSE CYCLE

The eight core courses are offered once a year. 

Fall Semester: PSC 500, PSC 510, and PSC 520 
Spring Semester: PSC 530, PSC 540, and PSC 570 
Summer Term: PSC 550 and PSC 580 

 

HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY CONCENTRATION

The Health Administration and Policy concentration comprises 12 semester hours of course work that can be taken in lieu of the 12 semester hours of electives now required of all MPA students. The four required courses include: 

PSC 585 Health Policy - This course facilitates analysis of the role of federal, state and other participants in health policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. (3 hours) 
PSC 586 Health Administration - Applications of management principles to health care organizations with a focus on governance and leadership, human resources, control systems, strategic planning, and accountability (3 hours) 
PSC 587 Healthcare Politics and the Elderly - This course focuses on the health policy process and issues impacting the elderly, with particular attention given to the politics of legislation, financing mechanisms, and strategies for reform. (3 hours) 
PSC 590 Special Topics - Variable topics course on healthcare policy and administration. (3 hours) 

 

GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION

The Geographical Information Technology concentration comprises 12 semester hours of course work that can be taken in lieu of the 12 semester hours of electives now required of all MPA students. The four required courses include: 

GIT 560 Introduction to GIST  (4 hours) 
GIT 861 Applications in GIST: Environment  (4 hours) 
GIT 562 Applications in GIST: Business & Social Sciences  (4 hours) 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).

 

REGULAR ADMISSION

Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale).
Satisfactory GRE (or equivalent standardized test) scores (at least 300 combined score on the Verbal and the Quantitative Subtests). The GRE requirement may be waived for holders of earned advanced degrees on the recommendation of the program coordinator.

 

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

In addition to the minimum standards required by the Graduate School, the student must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and submit GRE general test scores.