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Master of Public Administration

Major: PADM
Degree Awarded: MPA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/upa


Program Information

General Information

The Master in Public Administration Program at the University of Louisville is central to the University's urban/metropolitan mission. Through its academic curriculum, the Program provides students with a solid foundation in public and nonprofit administration and prepares its graduates for placement and advancement in a public, private and nonprofit sector careers. The faculty also advances the state of knowledge in the field of public administration through its theoretical and applied research. The Program is offered by the Department of Urban and Public Affairs in cooperation with the Department of Political Science to achieve broad interdisciplinary preparation.

The Program requires a minimum of 42 credit hours for completion: a core curriculum of 12 hours, including 6 hours of practicum, internship or thesis, 12 hours from one of the five areas of specialization and 18 hours of electives. The MPA program is primarily an evening program. A student can enroll on either a part-time or full-time basis. During the fall and spring semesters, courses are typically offered Monday through Thursday, one evening a week, from 5:30 until 8:15 p.m. The program includes faculty from various disciplines and is aimed at providing recent college graduates, public sector practitioners, and persons in related fields with a mix of theoretical knowledge and applied skills. The degree program is available to qualified individuals holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required; however, coursework in economics and political science at the undergraduate level is helpful.

The Master in Public Administration Program offers joint degree programs with the Master in Urban Planning and the Master of Arts in Art (Creative) and Art History (Concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies). For more information about the two dual programs please go the web page http://supa.louisville.edu/.

Program Admission Procedures

The procedures for admission into the MPA program are as follows:

  1. Submit a completed graduate application to the University of Louisville Office of Graduate Admissions. There is a $60 application fee (See web http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply). Program candidates may be admitted for Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.
  2. Official transcripts verifying the receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  3. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. An admission decision will not be made without the GRE scores. See web http://www.gre.org for further information about the GRE or call 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255).
  4. A written personal statement is required. The statement should indicate why the applicant wishes to pursue the MPA degree.
  5. Two letters of recommendation are required. Normally, at least one letter should be from someone who can comment about the applicant’s academic performance.
  6. International applicants are required to take the TOEFL examination if English is not their native language. Applicants who have not scored 550 or higher on the TOEFL (210 or higher on the computer-based version) may choose to apply to the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program. Successful completion of this program or passing the Exit Examination in the advanced level of IESL will be constitute proof of English proficiency. For information and application forms, write to IESL, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.


Curriculum


MPA Core Courses

The core consists of six required courses, or 12 credits. Six credits of the core consist of a practicum/ internship or a thesis.

 
Semester Hours
PADM 600 Foundations of Public Administration 3
PADM 601 Statistics for Public Affairs 3
PADM 682 Practicum/Internship or PADM 695 Thesis 6
Total from core 12


SPECIALIZATION AREAS

Students can choose one of five specializations offered in the Program. A total of twelve hours is required for each specialization. Unless identified as a required course for the specialization, students may select among the recommended courses listed under each specialization. Students may substitute a course not listed under the specialty with permission from the Director.

City Management Specialization                                       

 
Semester Hours
PADM 604 Public Budgeting and Finance
3
PADM 605 Public Management*
3
PADM 606 Public Policy
3
PADM 607 Planning Theory
3
PADM 610 Administrative Law and Process
3
PADM 624 Ethics in Public Administration
3
PADM 642 Human Resources Management
3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration
1-3
 *Required
 

Nonprofit Management Specialization                         

 
Semester Hours
PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
3
PADM 606 Public Policy
3
PADM 609 Financial Management of Nonprofits
3
PADM 612 Nonprofit Grantsmanship and Fundraising
3
PADM 615 Theories of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector*
3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 642 Human Resources Management 3
 *Required
 

 Community and Economic Development Specialization 

 
Semester Hours
PADM 621 Politics of Urban Development
3
PADM 623 Comparative Urban Development
3
PADM 626 Housing and Community Development
3
PADM 640 Urban Economics
3
PADM 645 Economic Development
3
PLAN 625 Historic Preservation
3
PLAN 631 Real Estate Principles
3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration
1-3
 

Human Resources  Specialization                                     

 
Semester Hours
PADM 625 Equal Opportunity and the Workplace
3
PADM 642 Human Resources Management*
3
PADM 644 Collective Bargaining
3
PADM 647 Arbitration
3
PADM 648 Mediation and Dispute Resolution
3
PADM 649 Legal Aspects of Human Resources*
3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration
1-3

*Required

Urban Policy Specialization                                              

 
Semester Hours
PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
3
PADM 606 Public Policy*
3
PADM 621 Politics of Urban Development
3
PADM 623 Comparative Urban Development
3
PADM 627 Environmental Policy
3
PADM 640 Urban Economics*
3
PLAN 680 Urban Sustainability
3
POLS 620 Topics in Public Policy
3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration 1-3
 *Required
 

MPA students may choose 18 hours of elective credits from among all  PADM (Public Administration) or PLAN (Planning) courses. One of the elective courses must be denoted as a methods course. For a list of all electives and identification of those courses that count as a methods course, consult the Student Guide available at the MPA home page, http://louisville.edu/upa/master-of-public-administration.html.



Departmental Faculty


Janet Kelly
Professor

Director

Steven Bourassa

Professor

Dewey Clayton

Professor

Carrie Donald
Professor

John Gilderbloom
Professor

David Imbroscio

Professor

Steven Koven

Professor

H.V. Savitch

Professor

David Simpson
Professor

Frank Goetzke

Associate Professor

Sherri L. Wallace 
Associate Professor

Melissa Merrie
Assistant Professor

Nathaniel Wright

Assistant Professor

Sumei Zhang
Assistant Professor



Contact Information

Public Administration - MPA

Yani Vozos
Graduate Student Advisor
(502)852-8002
 

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