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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The School of Public and International Affairs has been an independent School in the University of Georgia since 2001, having offered an MPA since 1966 under the auspices of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. While independent, the School is overseen by the dean of SPIA, the dean of the Graduate School, and by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the "co-sponsor of [the] MPA program." The School has three departments (the Department of International Affairs, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Administration and Policy) offering degrees in international affairs (A.B. and M.I.P.), political science (A.B., M.A. and Ph.D.), Public Administration (M.P.A. and Ph.D.) and criminal justice studies (A.B., administered with Franklin College). It also contains two research centres, the Center for International Trade and Security, and the Center for the Study of Global Issues. ( and, accessed 31 March 2015).

Curriculum Design: Candidates are free to pursue either a "generalist" degree or to specialize in one of seven concentration areas. M.P.A. candidates must complete 41 semester hours, comprised of 23 required hours (an internship and internship report is included in this requirement, and accounts for 1 semester hour), and 18 elective hours. Required courses are categorized into the "MPA Socialization Sequence" (a 1 semester hour seminar), the "Public Management Core" (15 semester hours comprised of various courses on the subject of democratic institutions, financial, economic and human resources administration, and theory of organizations), and a "Research Methods Sequence" comprised of two courses (six semester hours) of quantitative study. The remainder of study is comprised of elective courses. Candidates must also complete a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of their study. (, accessed 31 March 2015).

Professional Program Features: The School is overseen in part by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, formerly an institute of the University and now a unit of the University's Office of Public Service and Outreach. As a result, the School is particularly well-connected to the instruments of public service in Georgia. Curriculum needs are also determined in conjunction with the MPA Advisory Board, comprised of public service professionals from government and non-profit organizations in the state (, accessed 31 March 2015).

Program Summary


University: University of Georgia

Location: Athens, Georgia, USA

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The master’s of public administration program in the School of Public and International Affairs is 4th in the nation and 2nd among public universities in U.S. News & World Report rankings" (at, 8 September 2014). "The central purpose of the MPA program at the University of Georgia (UGA) is to educate students for professional careers in public service including management and policy analysis in government and nonprofit organizations. The program is open to students without previous public service experience as well as students employed in the public sector who are seeking to advance their careers. While normally a terminal professional degree, some graduates of the MPA program have entered PhD or other programs and have assumed academic careers" (at, accessed 8 September 2014).

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The MPA degree is offered by the University through the School of Public and International Affairs, by its Department of Public Administration and Policy (one of three departments of the school). The program is co-sponsored and supported by the University’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, a unit of the University that conducts research and provides direct assistance on matters of governance to local and state government organizations.

Posted Tuition: Tuition rates are determined on a per-semester basis, with the tuition for Fall 2013 being $4,411 for in-state students and $11,885 for out-of-state students (a full-year tuition can be roughly determined by multiplying those amounts by a factor of 2). (At, accessed 5 March 2014).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

Students are required to complete a total of 41 semester hours (13.7 one-semester-course equivalents), comprised of a “socialization sequence” (2 course hours), five core courses (15 course hours) and a research methods sequence (6 course hours). Core courses are designed to familiarize students with various areas of public administration, as well as to ensure quantitative and economic abilities. Students may select elective courses from a number of areas, and may decide whether to specialize in a policy area (health policy and administration, higher education administration, local government administration, non-profit administration, public budgeting and finance administration, public management/organization theory, and public policy) by completing four courses in one of the above-noted areas, or alternatively complete a “generalist” degree by selecting electives from at least two different specialization areas.

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: As noted above, students are required to complete 41 semester hours (13.7 one-semester-course equivalents) of required courses and may take 6 electives.

While the University has a substantial offering of elective courses from which students can select (some of which are outside the School of Public and International Affairs), only a handful of courses are offered in each semester. For example, during Fall 2013, only 21 electives were offered, and only 16 are offered during Spring 2014. (See Semester Schedules available at, accessed 5 March 2014.)

Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion:  13.7 (41 semester hours)

Number of Required Courses: 7.7 (23 semester hours - includes mandatory internship, accounting for 1 semester hour)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 6 (18 semester hours)

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 37

Comprehensive Examination: Yes.

Thesis Required: No, but an “integrative memo” (a two-week, take-home case analysis) must be completed in order to graduate, and is usually completed by students in their last semester.

Internship Required: Yes, for students without prior public sector experience.

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes. “The mission of the Office of Career Services is to provide professional development opportunities to MPA students by offering activities including resume and cover letter workshops as well as networking and interviewing informational sessions. Our Career Services Coordinator assists in locating internships and full-time employment using various resources available, including a comprehensive listing of internships and jobs accepted. Throughout the academic year, we host employment recruitment opportunities and invite employers and practitioners from the field to talk about the work they do.” (, accessed 5 March 2014).

Student-run Journal: Not described on website.

Applied Projects: A 15-20 page capstone paper is required to be submitted after the comprehensive examination.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not described on website.

Courses Offered: The list of courses normally offered within the MPA program (current to 2013-14 academic year) is available at, and a continuously-updated list of available courses is available through the Office of the Registrar at The courses offered by the School of Public Policy and Administration in the two-semester academic year of 2013-14 have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.

!Page has been updated since PEACO scores were last calculate: elective courses added. 




I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Course Outlines and Syllabi Online:  Georgia SPIA makes some of its syllabi available on its public website (

Source: At,,,  (accessed 5 March 2014 and 8 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 5 March 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 8 September 2014, and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. Updated to reflect full 2014-15 academic year course content by Dave Marshall on 31 March 2015. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Georgia SPIA MPA Course Map
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Courses illustrate required/recommended courses (regardless of availability) as well as public policy-related courses available during the 2014-15 academic year (as of 31 March 2015).

Tools and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PADP-6960: Public Management (R)
  PADP-7210 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  PADP-7220: Nonprofit Governance and Management
  PADP-8630: Policy Implementation
  PADP-8670: Policy Analysis I
  PADP-8680: Policy Analysis II
  PADP-8960: Organizational Development and Change
  MGMT 7220 Project Management
  PADP 8710 Ideas and Issues in Public Administration
  PADP 8940 Seminar in Comparative Administration

 Economic Analysis

  PADP-6950: Economic Foundations of Policy Analysis (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  PADP-7110: Research Methods in Public Administration (R)
  PADP-7120: Data Applications in Public Administration (R)
  PADP-8120: Data Analysis and Statistics
  PADP 8140: Advanced Topics in Statistical Methods
  PADP 8130 Linear Models
  PADP 8850 Quantitative Analysis for Public Decision-Making

 Analytic Methods

  PADP-8460: Organizational Behavior
  SOWK 7411 Advanced Policy Analysis
  SOWK 8166 Qualitative Methods in Social Work

 Leadership Skills

  PADP-8420: Leadership in Public Service
  MGMT 7010 Lessons in Leadership

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  PADP-6980: Socialization Seminar (R/3)
  Internship and Capstone Paper (R/3)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PADP-6910: Public Administration and Democracy (R)
  PADP-6490: Administrative Law
  PADM-8620: Policy Process
  PADP-9200: Law, Management, and Policy

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PADP-7380: Ethics in Public Administration

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PADP-9200: Intergovernmental Relations

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PADP-6930: Public Financial Administration (R)
  PADP-8220: Nonprofit Financial Administration
  PADP-8650: Debt Management
  PADP-8830: Seminar in Public Budgeting
  ACCT 6000 Financial Accounting
  EMBA 7150 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  EMBA 7200 Managerial Finance
  PADP 8430 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PADP-8640: Program Evaluation
  MNPO 7106 Program Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  PADP-6920: Public Personnel Administration (R)
  PADP-7900: Managing Volunteers
  PADP-7930: Human Services Administration
  PADP-8720: Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
  PSYC 6310 Industrial Psychology

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

  PADM-9200: Bids and Contracting
  PADP 9200 Managing the Co-Production of Public and Non-Profit Services

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PADP-8220: Social Entrepreneurship
  PADP-8220: Grant Proposal Writing
  PADP-8240: Nonprofits in a Global Perspective - Context and Management
  MNPO 7010 Topics in the Nonprofit Sector
  MNPO 7060 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
  MNPO 7123 Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  MNPO 7423 Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PADP-8830: Seminar in Public Budgeting
  PADP-9200: State and Local Taxation

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  SOWK 6011 Social Welfare Policy and the Social Work Profession
  SOWK 7106 Evaluation of Community and Institutional Practices
  SOWK 7206 Evaluation of Family-Centered Social Work Intervention


  PADP-8610: Economics of Health Policy
  PADP-8650: Demand Side of Heath Economics
  EHSC 7010 Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science
  HPAM 8400 Policy and Economic Analysis in Public Health
  HPAM 8600 Health Economics
  HPAM 8650 Healthcare Finance
  HPAM 8700 Management of Public Health Organizations
  HPAM 8800 Leadership in Public Health
  HPAM 8900 Special Topics in Health Administration
  HPAM 8920 Practice Management Consulting in Healthcare
  HPRB 7270 Resource Development and Implementation in Health Promotion
  HPRB 7470 Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education
  HPRB 7500 Community Health
  HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management


  PADP-7920: Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Diversity
  EDAP 8130 Trends and Issues in Educational Administration and Policy
  EDAP 8210 Educational Policy Analysis
  EDHI 7650 Applied Project in Higher Education
  EDHI 8000 History of American Higher Education
  EDHI 8010 Higher Education in the United States
  EDHI 8200 Institutional Research
  EDHI 8400 Finance of Higher Education
  EDHI 9020 Critical Issues in Higher Education
  EDHI 9050 Organization and Governance in Higher Education
  EDHI 9210 Strategy and Management in Higher Education
  EDHI 9500 Policy Studies in Higher Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PADP-6490: Urban Policy
  PADP-8580: Local Government Practicum
  PADP-8560: Downtown and Urban Planning
  PADP-8560: Case Study in Seoul
  PADP-8840: Metropolitan Fiscal Problems
  PADP-9200: Municipal Law
  PADP-9200: Economic Development Policy and Financing
  GEOG 6370 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  GEOG 6630 Advanced Urban Geography
  GEOG 8630 Seminar in Urban Geography
  HACE 6310 Housing Policy
  HIPR 6000 Introduction to Historic Preservation
  HIPR 6510 Preservation Economics/Grant Writing
  HIPR 6680 Community Design Charrettes
  PADP 7500 Local Government Management
  PADP 7520 Urban Policy
  PADP 7580 Local Government Practicum
  PADP 8520 Administration of Local Government: Growth and Development Policy
  PADP 8560 Case Study in Seoul

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

  ALDR 6710 International Agriculture Development

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Other Policy Sectors

 Financial Markets

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