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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: TO COME

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary

Website: http://www.kupa.ku.edu/  

University: University of Kansas 

Location: Lawrence, Kansas

Degree: Masters in Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The Master of Public Administration program is consistently ranked #1 in the nation in city management and urban policy by U.S. News and World Report. If you are interested in a career in local government, we invite you to learn more about our signature program.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration is home to the Edwin O. Stene Graduate Program in Public Administration and offers a Master of Public Administration degree. The Edwin O. Stene Master's program is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the United States, with our local government leadership program founded in 1948.

Since 1998, our tradition of excellence in educating students at the masters’ level has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a #1 ranking in city management and urban policy." (at http://www.kupa.ku.edu, accessed 5 May 2014)

Degrees Awarded per Year: Intern Track: Program only accepts 12-15 Students per year

Academic Unit within University: The School of Public Affairs and Administration is home to the Edwin O. Stene Graduate Program in Public Administration

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The School of Public Affairs and Administration's graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at http://www.kupa.ku.edu/degrees

Posted Tuition: $6,231 tuition and fees per year for MPA for domestic students and $14,576 for non-residents entering in 2013 (at http://affordability.ku.edu/costs, accessed 5 May 2014)

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewThere are two tracks for the MPA: the Intern Track and the Career Track.

Intern Track: The Intern track is designed for students who have little or no public administration experience and are willing to commit to one year of full-time study and a second year in a full-time internship to prepare themselves for careers in city or county management. Intern track students begin the program in the summer semester, and complete the majority of their coursework over three semesters (summer, fall, spring).

Career Track: The Career track is designed for working professionals seeking to strengthen their leadership skills for careers in public service professions or advance in their current profession without a career interruption. Most career-track students attend part-time. Career-track students may begin in any semester.  

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  

Intern Track:

Students who select the intern track MPA program begin the program in the summer semester, and must complete the majority of their coursework (37 credit hours) over three semesters: summer, spring and fall.

Students earn the final six (6) credit hours toward their MPA during their second year in the program, for a total of 43 credit hours.

Career Track:                     

Students who select the career track MPA program begin the program in the fall or spring semesters. Most students take one or two courses per semester. Courses are offered at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, the main campus in Lawrence, and at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. Once a student begins the program, all degree requirements must be completed within 7 years.

The master’s degree is awarded after successful completion of 43 credit hours of course work. This includes 31 hours (10 courses) of required core courses (listed below) that all students complete, and 12 hours (4 courses) tailored to the student's interests. In addition, all students must pass a written master's examination (final paper) to complete the requirements for the M.P.A. degree, which is part of the PUAD 897 core course.

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

Academic Prerequisite:  

Intern Track

  • A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Prefer background in social sciences, with courses in college algebra and statistics recommended. A GPA below 3.0 can be considered if academic deficiencies are addressed in the personal statement.
  • The GRE will be required for all MPA applicants who have earned their bachelor's degree within the past three years. For students who earned their bachelor's degree more than three years ago, the GRE is recommended, but not required.

Career Track

  • A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Prefer background in social sciences, with courses in college algebra and statistics recommended. A GPA below 3.0 can be considered if academic deficiencies are addressed in the personal statement
  • The GRE will be required for all MPA applicants (including career track applicants)  who have earned their bachelor's degree within the past three years. General test only (verbal, analytical and quantitative). GMAT or LSAT may substitute for the GRE. Our institution code is 6871, and the department code is 4801.

For students who earned their bachelor's degree more than three years ago, the GRE is recommended, but not required.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: Intern Track: 14, Career track: 14

Number of Required Courses: Intern Track: 14, Career track: 10

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): Intern Track: 0, Career Track: 4

Number of Electives Offered within Program: Intern Track: 0, Career Track: 23

Comprehensive Examination: Intern Track: No, Career Track: Yes

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: Internship track: Yes, Career Track: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 School of Public Affairs and Administration courses is found at: http://www.kupa.ku.edu/curriculum-career-track. In the CourseMap below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but few if any syllabi are available to the public online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Kansas Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment based on the number of elective sections offered and number of electives typically taken is displayed below. [See note on PEACO Algorithm.] 

 

Career Track

Intern Track

I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree

14.3

14.3

b. Number of required courses

9.3

14.3

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

5

0

d. Number of elective courses offered

46

6

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

0.11

0

Number of weeks (classes) per semester

14

14

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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

36.4%

46.2%

  - Strategy and Structure

16.5%

15.9%

  - Economic Analysis

0.0%

0.0%

 

  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences

12.3%

9.3%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

7.6%

20.9%

Institutions and Context

23.8%

15.0%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

11.5%

8.0%

  - Ethics and Accountability

8.5%

7.0%

  - Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts

3.8%

0.0%

Management Functions

24.7%

22.9%

  - Public Financial Management

8.5%

7.0%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

7.7%

7.0%

  - Other Management Functions

8.5%

9.0%

Policy Sectors

15.0%

15.9%

  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

7.0%

7.0%

  - International Development

0.0%

0.0%

  - Health

2.0%

0.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

6.1%

9.0%

                              Total

100%

100%

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

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.81

2.35

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

3.18

2.66

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

4.65

4.22

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

2.14

2.00

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.42

1.40

Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies

12.19

12.63

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

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

0.91

1.18

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.59

1.33

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

1.63

1.48

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.20

1.12

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.31

1.03

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

1.22

1.26

 

Source: At http://www.kupa.ku.edu/degrees and http://affordability.ku.edu/costs and http://www.kupa.ku.edu/curriculum-0 and http://www.kupa.ku.edu/curriculum-career-track (accessed 5 May 2014)

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 5 May 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 8 June 2014. 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. 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.

Kansas SPAA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PUAD 824: Public Policy and Administration (Career Track: R/5)
  PUAD 825: Public Policy and Urban Administration (Career Track: R/5), (Intern Track: R)
  PUAD 826: Public Policy and Administration of State Government (Career Track: R/5)
  PUAD 828: Nonprofit Management and Policy (Career Track: R/5)
  PUAD 845: Public Management and Organizational Analysis (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)
  PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change (Intern Track: R/7)
  PUAD 857: Performance Management & Governance (Intern Track: R/7)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  PUAD 836: Introduction to Quantitative Methods (Career Track: 4R/3; Intern Track: 4R/3)

 Analytic Methods

  PUAD 660: Organizations and Management I
  PUAD 661 Organizations and Management II
  PUAD 832: Organizational Theory
  PUAD 848: Advanced Management Practices in State Government

 Leadership Skills

  PUAD 641: Public Service Leadership
  PUAD 898: Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement (Intern Track: R)

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  PUAD 692: Research Experience in Public Administration
  PUAD 831: Public Administration Practicum
  PUAD 892: Public Administration Internship (Intern Track: R)
  PUAD 893: Directed Readings
  PUAD 894: Professional Development Seminar I
  PUAD 895: Professional Development Seminar II
  PUAD 896: Field Project Report
  PUAD 897: Public Administration Contemporary Issues and Competency Assessment (Intern Track: R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PUAD 840: Theory of Public Administration
  PUAD 842: Law and Public Management (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)
  PUAD 843: Constitutional Foundations of Public Administration
  PUAD 846: Kansas and Its Government
  PUAD 847: Legislative Process
  PUAD 849: Law, Courts, and Public Policy
  PUAD 852: Comparative Public Policy and Administration (Intern Track: R/7)

 Social and Political Context

  PUAD 602: Diversity in Public Administration

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PUAD 606: Nonprofit Accountability: Public Needs and Public Values
  PUAD 830: Administrative Ethics
  PUAD 841: The Role, Context, and Ethics of Public Administration in American Society (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PUAD 850: Intergovernmental Relations

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PUAD 837: Resource Allocation and Control (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)
  PUAD 844: Advanced Seminar in State and Local Budgeting
  PUAD 855: Financial Management for Public and Not-for-Profit Organizations

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PUAD 853: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)
  PUAD 858: Performance Audit

 Human Resource Management

  PUAD 833: Administrative Behavior
  PUAD 834: Human Resource Management (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)

 Information Management and Technology

  PUAD 856: Management and Information Technology (Intern Track: R/7)

 Program and Service Delivery

  PUAD 859: Service Management (Intern Track: R/7)

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PUAD 604: Resource Development and Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  PUAD 605: Managing Nonprofit Relationships
  PUAD 639: Concepts of Civil Society

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PUAD 835: Financing Public Services (Career Track: R), (Intern Track: R)

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

 Health

  PUAD 827: Health Care Policy and Administration (Career Track: R/5)

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PUAD 838: Urban Service Delivery
  PUAD 839: Topics in Public Administration - Sustainable Communities (Intern Track: R/7)

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  PUAD 839: Topics in Public Administration - Transportation (Intern Track, R/7)
  PUAD 851: Infra-Structure Management (Intern Track: R)

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

  PUAD 601: Crime and Punishment

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors


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