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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Master of Public Administration

MPA Program


The Department of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in cooperation with the Department of Political Science. The Program, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), focuses on city management,non-profit management, human resource management, planning, policy analysis, applied research, community and economic development, and government and organizational theory. It is multi-disciplinary and aimed at providing recent college graduates, public sector practitioners, and persons in related fields, with theoretical knowledge and practical skills that prepare them for public service, non-profit, and private sector careers, or complement their past professional experiences. Classes are held in the late afternoons, evenings, and on weekends to meet the scheduling requirements of persons holding full-time jobs.

The MPA offers five areas of specialization; each provides an opportunity to develop a focus through formal studies and professional career development. The specializations include: City Management, Non-Profit Management, Human Resource Management, Community and Economic Development, and Urban Policy.

The Program requires a minimum of 42 credits for completion: a core curriculum of 12 credits, including 6 credits of practicum or internship or 6 credits of thesis, 12 credits from one of the areas of specialization, and 15 credits from elective courses (3 credits of which must be taken in a methodological course). The core curriculum encompasses studies in public administration, and statistics. Students are permitted to simultaneously pursue core and elective courses.  Joint MPA/MUP and MPA/MA (Curatorial Studies) programs are available.

Admission


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (any major is acceptable), and provide a completed application form, a transcript of all undergraduate course work, scores for the Graduate Record Examination, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation. Admission is competitive and generally requires a minimum combined quantitative and verbal GRE score of 153 in Verbal and 144 in Quantatative and a GPA of 3.00. Those applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English, must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 79 on the internet-based test or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.5.

Application Deadlines

The Department of Urban and Public Affairs maintains a rolling admissions policy.  The deadlines include:

Fall semester: July 15

Spring semester: November 15

Summer semester: April 15

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Financial Aid


The Department of Urban and Public Affairs administers a number of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs).

GRAs carry a monthly stipend and are granted tuition remission. In return students are required to carry at least nine hours of courses per semester and assist a faculty member for 20 hours per week over a 10-month period. GRAs are required to carry at least 9 hours of courses per semester. Students interested in a GRA should consult the program director.

There are three different types of GRAs available to students within the Department of Urban and Public Affairs.  They all include full tuition remission, a monthly stipend, and health insurance and are all highly competitive.  The first is departmental funding awarded primarily based on merit, thus the higher the GRE score and GPA, the better the chances of the student receiving funding.  There are typically 1-2 available positions per academic year and thus are highly competitive.  The second type is offered via grant or contracts obtained by our various research centers within the department: State Data Center, Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development, Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, etc.  These funds are awarded based on the student’s skills and experience with similar projects.  The third type of funding is awarded through departments outside of Urban and Public Affairs.  In the past, some students were able to secure funding through positions in the International Center, Cultural Center, Athletics, and Alumni Center and the REACH campus tutoring service.  These funds are awarded based upon the student’s skills and experience related to the position.  Contact information for these departments is available on the www.louisville.edu website.

The deadline for application for the departmental GRA application is March 1st.

Please fill out the application below to be considered for funding.

Graduate Research Assistantship/Fellowship Application

For more information on general student financial aid (loans, grants, and work study) contact the UofL Financial Aid Office.

MPA Curriculum


The core consists of three required courses, or 12 credits, six credits of which consist of a practicum/ internship or a thesis.  The practicum/internship involves a minimum of 400 hours of practical experience over a period of not less than one semester.  Specialization course work includes 12 credits in one area selected by the student.  Elective coursework includes 15 credits, 3 of which must be taken in a methodological course. 

MPA CORE COURSEWORK


PADM 600 Public Administration and Organizational Theory (3 credits)

PADM 601 Statistics for Public Affairs (3)

PADM 682 Practicum/Internship or PADM 695 Thesis (6)

MPA SPECIALIZATIONS


City Management Specialization

PADM 604 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)

PADM 605 Public Management (3 )*** (Required for Specialization)

PADM 606 Public Policy (3)

PADM 607 Planning Theory and History (3)

PADM 610 Administrative Law and Process (3)

PADM 624 Ethics in Public Administration (3)

PADM 642 Human Resources Management (3)

 

Non-Profit Management Specialization

PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)

PADM 606 Public Policy (3)

PADM 609 Management of Non-Profit Management Organizations (3)

PADM 611 Financial Management of Nonprofits (3)

PADM 612 Non-Profit Grantsmanship and Fundraising (3)

PADM 642 Human Resources Management (3)

Human Resources Management

PADM 610 Administrative Law and Process (3)

PADM 642 Human Resources Management (3)***(Required for Specialization)

PADM 644 Collective Bargaining (3)

PADM 647 Arbitration (3)

PADM 648 Mediation and Dispute Resolution (3)

PADM 649 Legal Aspects of Human Resources (3)***(Required for Specialization)

PADM 652 Equal Opportunity and the Workplace (3)

Community and Economic Development Specialization

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)

PLAN 680 Urban Sustainability (3)

 

Urban Policy Specialization

PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)

PADM 606 Public Policy (3)***(Required for Specialization)

PADM 621 Politics of Urban Development (3)

PADM 623 Comparative Urban Development (3)

PADM 627 Environmental Policy (3)

PADM 640 Urban Economics (3)***(Required for Specialization)

POLS 620 Topics in Public Policy (3)

PLAN 680 Urban Sustainability (3)

 

ELECTIVE COURSEWORK

PADM 602 Applied Research Methods (3) *(Counts as Methodological Course)

PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3) *(Counts as Methodological Course)

PADM 604 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)

PADM 605 Public Management (3 )

PADM 606 Public Policy (3)

PADM 607 Planning Theory and History (3)

PADM 608 Theories of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3)

PADM 610 Administrative Law and Process (3)

PADM 611 Financial Management of Nonprofits (3)

PADM 612 Non-Profit Grantsmanship and Fundraising (3)

PADM 621 Politics of Urban Development (3)

PADM 623 Comparative Urban Development (3)

PADM 624 Ethics in Public Administration (3)

PADM 626 Housing and Community Development (3)

PADM 627 Environmental Policy (3)

PADM 640 Urban Economics (3)

PADM 642 Human Resources Management (3)

PADM 644 Collective Bargaining (3)

PADM 645 Economic Development (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)

Approved Methodological Electives

PADM 602 Applied Research Methods (3)

PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)

GEOG 558 Geographic Information Systems (3)

PLAN 615  Spatial Statistics (3)

PLAN 616 Analytical Urban Geography (3)

PLAN 618 Urban Demography (3)

PLAN 619 Urban GIS Applications (3)

MPA Faculty


Steven C. Bourassa, Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 1988), KHC Real Estate Research Professor, Director, Ph.D. Program in Urban and Public Affairs, and Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Program in Real Estate Development. Housing and land markets and policy.

Dewey M. Clayton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science. Public administration, state and local government, legislative politics and reapportionment.

Carrie G. Donald, J.D., Associate Professor of Urban and Public Affairs and Director, Labor Management Center. Labor law, health care, labor relations, workplace issues of women and minorities.

John I. Gilderbloom, Ph.D., Professor of Urban and Public Affairs. Research methods, housing, community development, planning, and design.

Frank Goetzke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban and Public Affairs. Urban economics, spatial analysis and transportation policy.

Janet Kelly,       Ph.D, Wayne State University, Professor and Director State Data Center, Public Financial Management, Performance Budgeting, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

Steven G. Koven, Ph.D., Professor of Urban and Public Affairs and Director Master of Public Administration Program. Organizational administration, research methods, public budgeting.

Wyatt McDowell, J.D., Associate Professor of Accountancy. Nonprofit organizations, accountancy, administrative law.

H. V. Savitch, Ph.D., Brown and Williamson Distinguished Research Professor of Urban and Public Affairs. Public management and planning, urban government, comparative urban systems.

David M. Simpson, Ph.D., AICP, Fifth Third Bank Professor of Community Development, Associate Professor of Urban and Public Affairs and Director, Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development. Planning, environmental policy, disaster preparedness.

Sherri L. Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science. American government, minority economic development, empowerment zones.

Sumei Zhang Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Urban and Public Affairs

Contact Details



Janet Kelly, Ph.D., Program Director
Phone: (502) 852-2435
Email: Janet Kelly

Yani Vozos, MUP, Student Advisor
Phone: (502) 852-8002
Email: Yani Vozos

Master of Public Administration Program
Department of Urban and Public Affairs
426 W. Bloom Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Phone: (502) 852-7906
Fax: (502) 852-4558
E-mail: upa@louisville.edu

Additional Information


MPA Student Guide
MPA Internship Handbook
Graduate Research Assistantship/Fellowship Application
Accrediting Organization: NASPAA
Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

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