Master of Public Administration

Major: PADMMPA
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 M.P.A. faculty also advances knowledge in the field of public administration through their theoretical and applied research. The M.P.A. is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The M.P.A. requires 42 credit hours for completion: a core curriculum of 24 credit hours, including 6 credit hours of practicum, internship or thesis, 12 credit hours from one of three concentration areas and 6 credit 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 to the M.P.A. program are as follows:

  1. Submit a completed graduate application to the University of Louisville, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions. There is a $60 application fee (See web http://louisville.edu/graduate/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 School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, 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 M.P.A. degree.
  5. Two letters of recommendation are required. Normally, at least one letter should be from someone who can comment on 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 constitute proof of English proficiency. For information and application forms, write to IESL, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

Curriculum

M.P.A. Core Courses

The core consists of six required courses or 12 credit hours. Six (6) credit hours of the core consist of a practicum/ internship or a thesis.

Course # Description
Credit Hours
PADM 600 Foundations of Public Administration3
PADM 601 Statistics for Public Affairs3
PADM 603 Policy Analysis and Evaluation OR
PADM 606 Urban Policy and Administration3
PADM 604 Public Budgeting and Finance OR
PADM 611 Nonprofit Financial Management3
PADM 621 Urban Demography and GIS OR
PADM 623 Urban Data Analysis3
PADM 642 Human Resources Management3
PADM 682 Practicum/Internship or PADM 695 Thesis6
Total Credit Hours from core24

CONCENTRATION AREAS

Students can choose one of three concentrations offered in the Program. A total of 12 credit hours is required for each concentration. Students may select among the recommended courses listed under each concentration. Students may substitute a course not listed with permission from the Director.

Urban Governance

Course # Description
Credit Hours
PADM 605 Public Management
3
PADM 606 Urban Policy and Administration
3
PADM 624 Ethics in Public Administration
3
PADM 640 Urban Economics
3
PADM 645 Economic Development
3
PADM 648 Mediation and Dispute Resolution3
PADM 663 Social Equity and the Public Sector
3
PADM 670 Sustainable Development and Planning
3
PADM 674 Sustainable Urbanism
3

Nonprofit Management

Course # Description
Credit Hours
PADM 609 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
3
PADM 612 Nonprofit Grantsmanship and Fundraising
3
PADM 615 Theories of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
3
PADM 624 Ethics in Public Administration
3
PADM 648 Mediation and Dispute Resolution
3
PADM 663 Social Equity and the Public Sector
3
PADM 664 Cultural Competency and Action
3
PADM 675 Introduction to Sustainability
3

Sustainable Urban Development

Course # Description
Credit Hours
PADM 603 Urban Policy and Administration
3
PADM 607 Planning Theory and History
3
PADM 626 Housing and Community Development
3
PADM 628 Historic Preservation and Sustainable Practice
3
PADM 645 Economic Development
3
PADM 670 Sustainable Development and Planning3
PADM 673 Behavioral Dimensions of Sustainability
3
PADM 674 Sustainable Urbanism
3
PADM 675 Introduction to Sustainability
3

M.P.A. students may choose 6 credit hours of elective credits from among all PADM (Public Administration) or PLAN (Planning) courses. For a list of all electives and identification of those courses that count as a methods course, consult the Student Guide available at the M.P.A. home page, http://louisville.edu/upa/programs/mpa.

Faculty

Daniel DeCaro

Assistant Professor

John Gilderbloom
Professor

Frank Goetzke
Associate Professor

Janet Kelly
Professor

Director

Kelly Kinahan

Assistant Professor

Steven Koven

Professor

Aaron Rollins

Assistant Professor

Matthew Ruther

Assistant Professor

David Simpson

Professor

Sumei Zhang

Associate Professor