Oct 23, 2021  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
    
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Public Administration - MPA


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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Public Administration

Program Name and Number:  Public Administration

On-Campus MPA – MP4410

Ohio Executive MPA (OEMPA) – MP4411

Online MPA – MP4413

Department/Unit:  Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus; Hybrid/Dublin Campus; Online

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Overview: 
The traditional on-campus program (MP4410) is designed to provide students without substantial work experience with a sound combination of theoretical knowledge and applied learning necessary for employment in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Students have an opportunity to focus their studies and elective coursework around areas such as social innovation and entrepreneurship, program evaluation, nonprofit management, and economic development, among others. A signature part of the on-campus program is the applied learning experience where students work with area nonprofit organizations or local/state/federal government agencies.

The Ohio Executive MPA (OEMPA) (MP4411) program provides early to mid-career students with disciplinary knowledge of public policy and administration, public service and leadership, and data management and applications. The OEMPA program is a unique combination of monthly residency-based classroom learning and online interaction.

The Online MPA (MP4413) is a fully online program designed to provide in-service students with a sound combination of theoretical knowledge and professional skills for employment in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Students have an opportunity to choose from three concentrations: public leadership and management, non-profit management, and state and local government.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • To lead and manage in public governance
  • To participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • To articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Opportunities for Graduates: Graduates of the program have found successful employment in local, state, and federal governments, as well as, private and nonprofit organizations.

Link to Program:  http://www.ohio.edu/mpa

Graduation Requirements:  The MPA requires completion of 36 credit hours. All formats require the same 15-credit core.

Core

  • MPA 6200 – Foundations of Public Administration (3 cr)
  • MPA 6010 - Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs (3 cr)
  • MPA 5140 - Organizational Leadership (3 cr)
  • MPA 5860 - Public Budgeting (3 cr)
  • MPA 6800 – Strategic Leadership and Public Value (3 cr)

On-Campus MPA

  • Core Two: MPA 6020 – Advanced Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs -OR- MPA 6030: Qualitative Research Methods in Public Administration (3 cr)
  • Professional Competencies: MPA 6910 - Public Affairs Internship -OR- MPA 6920 - Applied Learning in Leadership and Public Affairs (3 cr)
  • Electives (15 cr)

Online Executive MPA

  • Core Two: MPA 5590 - Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr)
  • Electives (18 cr)

Online MPA

  • Core Two: MPA 5590 - Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr)
  • Electives (9 cr)
  • Concentration (9 cr)
    • Public Leadership and Management
      • MPA 5870 - Financial Management in Government (3 cr)
      • MPA 5830 Data Analytics for Public and Nonprofit Managers (3 cr)
      • MPA 5120 Public Human Resource Management (3 cr)
    • Nonprofit Leadership and Management
      • MPA 5680 Nonprofit Financial Management and Resource Development
      • MPA 5890 Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
      • MPA 5660 Strategic Communication and Outreach

Culminating Experience:  The culminating experience for MPA students in all three program formats is a Portfolio capturing the student’s learning experiences in the program through the submission of select research and professional papers. The portfolio is presented in person or via written submission to a faculty committee. Traditional, on-campus students (MP4410) have the option of selecting a Thesis in lieu of the portfolio.

Admission Requirements:  Applicants must meet the minimum requirements established by the Graduate College to be considered for admission. Transfer credit will be considered. The GRE is not required.

International Students:  The on-campus program (MP4410) permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program. An I-20 may not be issued based on admission to the OEMPA or Online MPA programs.

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