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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 of Public Administration Program at the University of Louisville is central to the University's urban/metropolitan mission. The academic curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in public and nonprofit administration and prepares graduates for placement and advancement in public, private and nonprofit sector careers. The MPA faculty also advances knowledge in the field of public administration through their theoretical and applied research. The MPA is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The MPA requires 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. Classes are offered in formats and at times that accommodate students who work full time. Traditional classes are offered Monday through Thursday, one evening a week, from 5:30 until 8:15. Hybrid-distance courses have fewer classroom meetings. Some courses are offered entirely online.  A student can enroll on either a part-time or full-time basis. 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 3
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 Urban Policy and Administration
3
PADM 607 Planning Theory
3
PADM 610 Administrative Law and Process
3
PADM 624 Ethics in Public Administration
3
PADM 625 Organizational Behavior 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
 
Nonprofit Management Specialization
 
Semester Hours
PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
3
PADM 606 Urban Policy and Administration
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
 
 Community and Economic Development Specialization 
 
Semester Hours
PADM 621 Urban Demography
3
PADM 626 Housing and Community Development
3
PADM 640 Urban Economics
3
PADM 645 Economic Development
3
PLAN 607 Land Use Planning 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 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 652 Equal Opportunity and the Workplace 3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration
1-3

Urban Policy Specialization
 
Semester Hours
PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
3
PADM 606 Urban Policy and Administration
3
PADM 621 Urban Demography
3
PADM 627 Environmental Policy
3
PADM 640 Urban Economics
3
PADM 645 Economic Development 3
PADM 680 Independent Research in Public Administration
1-3
PADM 683 Topical Seminar in Public Administration 1-3
 

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

Carrie Donald

Professor

John Gilderbloom
Professor

Frank Goetzke
Associate Professor

David Imbroscio

Professor

Steven Koven

Professor

Aaron Rollins

Assistant Professor

Matthew Ruther

Assistant Professor

David Simpson

Professor

Sumei Zhang
Associate Professor


Contact Information

Public Administration - MPA

Yani Vozos
Graduate Student Advisor
(502)852-8002
 

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