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Albany Rockefeller
American SPA
ANU Crawford
ANZSOG
Arizona State SPA
Beijing Normal
Berkeley Goldman
Bocconi Milan
Brunei IPS
Calgary SPP
Cambridge POLIS
Canberra SGP
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Chicago Harris
Colorado SPA
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Cornell CIPA
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Duke Sanford
Edinburgh AoG
ÉNAP Québec
Exeter Politics
FGV Brazil
Florida Askew
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Glasgow SSPS
Griffith GBS
GRIPS Tokyo
Harvard Kennedy
Hertie Berlin
Hong Kong DPPA
Illinois Chicago
Indiana SPEA
Jindal Delhi
Kansas SPAA
King's SSPP
Laval
LSE Inst Pub Aff
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Macquarie PIR
Man-Winnipeg
Maryland SPP
MBRSG Dubai
McMaster-Guelph
Melbourne MSG
Michigan Ford
Michigan State PS
Minnesota
Moncton DAP
NC State SPIA
New Mexico SPA
New South Wales
NYU Wagner
North Carolina
Northwestern SPS
Ohio Glenn
Oregon PPPM
Ottawa GSPIA
Ottawa SPS
Oxford BSG
Pennsylvania Fels
Pittsburgh GSPIA
Princeton Wilson
Queen Mary SPIR
Queen's SPS
RANEPA Moscow
Rutgers SPAA
Ryerson DPPA
Sac State PPA
Sask-Regina JSGS
SciencesPo Paris
SF State DPA
Simon Fraser SPP
Singapore LKY
Stanford GPPP
Sydney GIR
Sydney GSG
Syracuse Maxwell
Tenn State CPSUA
Texas Johnson
Tokyo GraSPP
Toronto SPPG
UBC MPPGA
UCLA Luskin
UC London SPP
USC Price
Victoria SPA
Wisconsin
Vic Wellington
Virginia Batten
Warwick PAIS
Waterloo MPS
Washington Evans
Western LGP
York Glendon
York SPPA
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PROGRAMS
Carleton Paterson
Columbia SIPA
Toronto Munk
NYU Wagner MPA with Int Spec'n
Rutgers (Bloustein)

 

MPP and MPA Programs

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

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: Rutgers SPAA does not explicitly state if the content of similar courses taught in both the MPA and EMPA programs is exactly the same or not, the CourseMap links to the MPA descriptions.

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary

Website: https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/  

University: Rutgers University 

Location: Newark, New Jersey 

Degree: Master’s of Public Administration (MPA), Executive Master’s of Public Administration (EMPA)

Marketing Approach: "MPA: Designed for pre-career and in-career students, the master of public administration degree program at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) provides professional competencies in public administration and gives students a broad understanding of the field and its relevant issues. Students become competent at defining pu­­­blic problems, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, developing and communicating creative solutions, and implementing ethical and practical courses of action. The M.P.A. degree at Rutgers SPAA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)." (At https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/mpa, accessed 28 April 2014.)

"EMPA: The executive master of public administration (E.M.P.A.) degree is designed for practicing professionals and managers with at least six years of public, nonprofit, or relevant private sector experience. The EMPA provides seasoned managers and professionals with opportunities to prepare for leadership roles in their organizations. The EMPA curriculum parallels that of the master of public administration (MPA) degree program, but also is tailored to emphasize current management processes with a focus on leadership, accountability, and strategic management. Students accepted into the EMPA join a cohort group that completes the curriculum together over a two-year period, attending classes two days a week." (At https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/empa, accessed 28 April 2014)

Degrees Awarded per Year: In MPA, over 300 Students currently enrolled, EMPA not listed 

Academic Unit within University:  School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The SPAA's graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/generated/spaa_current/. The units providing the degrees most closely related to the MPP include: Ph.D. Program, Joint B.A./B.S./M.P.A. Five-Year Program.

Posted Tuition

MPA resident (12 credit hours): $8,004, MPA non-resident (12 credit hours): $13,092 at http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/files/MPA/SPAA%20Tuition%20and%20Fees%202013-2014_School%2020.pdf,  EMPA resident (6 credit hours): $3,864, EMPA non-resident (6 credit hours): $6,264 at http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/files/EMPA/EMPA_Tuition%20and%20Fees%202012-2013.pdf.   

Concentration/Curriculum Overview:

MPA: The MPA degree at Rutgers SPAA consists of 42 credits of coursework addressing the contexts and applications of public policy implementation, that is, design, delivery, leadership, management, performance, and results of public and nonprofit sector activity. MPA Concentrations. There are three mandatory courses ascribed to each concentration.

  • Leadership of Public Organizations
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public and Nonprofit Performance Management
  • Healthcare Administration

EMPA: The EMPA from Rutgers SPAA prepares professionals for managerial and executive-level leadership by providing a solid knowledge base and the competencies necessary for successful practice in government and nonprofit organizations. Courses in the EMPA program include:

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Leadership and Diversity
  • Strategic Planning
  • Analytical Methods
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Performance Measurement
  • Political Economy and Public Administration
  • Public Budgeting Systems
  • Administrative Ethics
  • The Capstone – a semester-long applied research project

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: Candidates for the MPA degree complete 42 credits of coursework, which includes a required Core Curriculum of 33 credits and 9 credits for a concentration. Each course represents three credits; there are 14 courses in the degree.

Duration: 1-2 years (four terms of full-time study).

Academic Prerequisite: Applications are rolling. Specific requisites are not listed.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14

Number of Required Courses: 11

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 3 (although the three courses in each of the concentrations are mandatory for that concentration)

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 17 

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No, but many international partnerships and projects https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/intl-projects 

EMPA Degree Requirements

Summary: The EMPA degree at Rutgers SPAA consists of 42 credits of coursework addressing the contexts and applications of public policy implementation, that is, design, delivery, leadership, management, performance, and results of public and nonprofit sector activity. EMPA applicants with at least five years of work experience, including experience at the supervisory and managerial level, which can qualify for 12 credits of Advanced Standing. With Advanced Standing of 12 credits, the EMPA degree is 30 credits.

Duration: 2 years (6 semesters).

Academic Prerequisite: A Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized institution of higher education is required, and an undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better is desired. Applicants must have at least five years experience, including experience at the supervisory or managerial level. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the EMPA program.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 10

Number of Required Courses: 10 (with advanced standing of at least five years appropriate experience)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 0

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 0

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No, but many international partnerships and projects https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/intl-projects

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: Yes, http://www.rutgerspolicyjournal.org/

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 SPAA courses is found at: https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/mpa-course-descriptions for MPA students and http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/empa-course-descriptions for EMPA students. 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 Rutgers 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.] 

I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree

14

b. Number of required courses

11

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

3

d. Number of elective courses offered

16

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

0

Number of weeks (classes) per semester

14

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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

48.2%

  - Strategy and Structure

17.0%

  - Economic Analysis

7.1%

 

  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences

14.3%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

9.8%

Institutions and Context

18.3%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

7.1%

  - Ethics and Accountability

7.1%

  - Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts

4.0%

Management Functions

28.1%

  - Public Financial Management

11.2%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

1.3%

  - Other Management Functions

15.6%

Policy Sectors

5.4%

  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

1.3%

  - International Development

0.0%

  - Health

4.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

0.0%

                              Total

100%

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

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

2.57

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

2.65

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

5.60

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.97

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.28

Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies

13.06

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

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.28

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.32

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

1.96

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.10

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.20

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

1.31

Source: At https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/mpa and http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/empa-curriculum and http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/generated/spaa_current/pg23.html and https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/mpa-course-descriptions and http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/empa-course-descriptions and http://urwebsrv.rutgers.edu/medrel/viewArticle.html?ArticleID=5290 and http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/empa-faq and https://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/mpa-faqs (accessed 29 April 2014).

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 29 April 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 9 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.

Rutgers 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

  20:834:522 Managing Public Organizations (MPA: R)
  20:834:578 Results-Driven Strategic Management
  20:834:526 Evidence-Based Public Management and Policy
  20:834:524 Strategic Planning (MPA: R, EMPA: R)

 Economic Analysis

  20:834:541 Political Economy and Public Administration (MPA:R, EMPA:R)

 Quantitative Methods

  20:834:561 Applied Statistics (MPA:R; EMPA: R)
  20:834:562 Research Design (MPA: R)

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

  20:834:507 Leadership and Diversity (EMPA:R)

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  20:834:563 Capstone Project (MPA: R, EMPA: R)
  20:834:590 Internship
  20:834:598 Independent Study

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  20:834:501 Introduction to Public Administration (MPA: R, EMPA: R)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  20:834:515 Administrative Ethics (MPA:R, EMPA)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  20:834:505 Intergovernmental Relations and Management

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  20:834:542 Public Budgeting Systems (MPA: R, EMPA: R)
  20:834:543 Public Financial Management
  20:834:545 Capital Budgeting
  20:834:571 Nonprofit Budgeting

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  20:834:529 Performance Measurement and Reporting for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (EMPA: R)

 Human Resource Management

  20:834:523 Human Resources Administration (MPA: R, EMPA: R)
  20:834:527 Labor Relations

 Information Management and Technology

  20:834:521 Technology and Public Administration (MPA:R)

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  20:834:575 Grant Writing and Grants Management
  20:834:576 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  20:834:568 Government Revenue Systems

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

 Health

  20:834:659 Health Care Finance
  20:834:581 Introduction to Health Care Systems
  20:834:585 Health Care Policy

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors


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