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The Master of Public Administration

Course Requirements for the Master’s Degree: 42 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 6 semester units of transfer credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See “Graduate Education” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in “Admission to Master’s Degree Programs” in The University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Programs.

4. Students entering into the MPA: Option in Health Administration are expected to have completed a prerequisite course, HCSV 231, Organization of the Health Care Delivery System, or its equivalent. This course is a prerequisite to POLS 363 and POLS 364 for the Option in Health Administration. This course can be completed as a postgraduate.

While taking 300-level courses, all new students enter as conditionally classified graduate students. When the Department of Political Science has doubts about the applicant’s qualifications to pursue the master’s degree program (because of grade point deficiencies or other reasons), the student may be encouraged to seek admission to the Office of Graduate Programs as an unclassified student. This gives the student a trial period to demonstrate ability. Normally, a decision to admit the unclassified student to conditionally classified status in public administration will be made after completion of at least 9 approved units as an unclassified student.

Conditionally classified students are expected to make no grade lower than a B- and finish all course work (no “Incomplete” or “Satisfactory Progress”).

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Completion of a minimum of 9 units of graduate study as a conditionally classified student, including a graduate seminar.
2. Formation of a graduate advisory committee. This should be done as early as possible and in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Generally, no more than 15 units will be counted toward the graduate degree program in Public Administration taken before the formation of the graduate committee. Students selecting the thesis option must have a committee of three faculty members. At least two of the three faculty members on the committee, including the chair, must be chosen from the Department of Political Science, except that committees for students in the Health Administration Option may be chaired by a faculty member from HCSV. Students selecting the professional paper plan must have a committee of two faculty members. The chair of the committee must be the faculty member instructing POLS 380 the semester that it is taken.
3. Development of an approved master’s degree program plan. The graduate advisory committee works with the student in the development of the student’s master’s degree program plan. The plan must be approved by the graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Office of Graduate Programs.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Completion of at least 15 units of the student’s approved master’s degree program plan.
2. Graduate advisory committee approval of the student’s thesis proposal or POLS 380 instructor’s approval of policy analysis topic and enrollment in POLS 380.
3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Requirements for the Master of Public Administration:

Completion of all requirements as established by the departmental graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Programs, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 42 units of 300-level courses, as follows:
(a) At least 36 units in the discipline of Public Administration.
(b) Not more than 6 semester units of transfer and/or extension credits. (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable.) Not more than 6 units from another department within the university, and only with approval by the graduate advisory committee.
(c) Not more than 3 units of internship course work and only if the student’s graduate committee or the Graduate Coordinator agrees that the internship is a meaningful educational experience. Internships are encouraged for pre-service students.
(d) Not more than 9 units of independent study, Master’s Thesis
(POLS 399), or Culminating Practicum (POLS 380); not more than
6 units of Master’s Thesis (POLS 399). Independent Study (POLS 398) topics cannot be the same as POLS 380 papers or thesis topics.

CORE REQUIREMENTS:

21 units required:

POLS    300    Amer Institutions/Public Orgs    3.0    FS

POLS    302    Public Admin and Democracy    3.0    FA

POLS    331    Seminar: Research Methods    3.0    SP

POLS    360A    Seminar: Public Management    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: POLS 302; POLS 362 is recommended.

POLS    360B    Seminar: Public Personnel Admin    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 302.

POLS    360C    Sem: Public Financial Resources    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 302; POLS 331 is recommended.

POLS    362    Sem: Org Theory Public Sector    3.0    FA

ELECTIVES:

15-18 units selected from:

POLS    301    Seminar: State and Local Govt    3.0    FA

POLS    352    Legl/Ethic Iss Hlth & Hum Serv    3.0    FA

This course is the same as HCSV 352 which may be substituted.

POLS    361    Seminar: Public Administration    3.0    FA

POLS    363    Sem Hlth/Hum Serv Mgmt    3.0    SP

This course is the same as HCSV 363 which may be substituted.

POLS    364    Sem Pub Policy Health/Human Svc    3.0    FA

POLS    365    Econ & Global Fin Iss Hlth    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 360C, POLS 364.

This course is the same as HCSV 365 which may be substituted.

POLS    366    Mental Health Policy & Admin    3.0    SP

POLS    367    Sem: Administration/Planning    3.0    FA

POLS    368    Seminar: Public Policy Formation    3.0    SP

POLS    369    Public & Non-Profit Program Eval    3.0    Inq

POLS    371    Seminar: American National Govt    3.0    FS

POLS    389A    Intern/Fieldwork Public Admin    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    398    Independent Study    1.0-3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

CULMINATING ACTIVITY:

Completion and final approval of one of the following two plans as specified by the student’s graduate advisory committee.

a. Thesis Plan

The candidate shall submit an acceptable thesis based upon research developed by the student and agreed to by the student’s graduate advisory committee.
(1) Thesis Proposal: A proposal (prospectus or detailed outline) of the thesis must be submitted and approved by the graduate advisory committee before the student begins the thesis. The proposal includes at least a statement of the problem or hypothesis, the basic research methods to be employed, justification of the study’s value, and estimated time of completion. The proposal is a formal document which must have appropriate attention given to the matters of format, documentation, and quality of writing.
(2) Registration in POLS 399, Master’s Thesis: The student should register for POLS 399 no earlier than the third semester in the program and in accordance with his/her thesis plan. However, it is advisable that the student complete most of the program course work before registering for POLS 399. An approved thesis proposal is required for registration in POLS 399.
(3) Approval of Thesis: The thesis shall be approved by all three members of the graduate advisory committee.
(4) Oral Defense: A required oral defense of the thesis shall be conducted by the candidate’s graduate advisory committee. Interested faculty may attend. The oral defense is generally limited to matters within the scope of the thesis. The candidate may repeat the oral defense one time if failed by the committee on the first attempt. The time and place of the defense must be noted in print and circulated to the Office of Graduate Programs at least one week prior to the date. The Political Science Department should be notified of the oral defense two weeks prior to the date.

b. Professional Paper Plan

Enrollment in POLS 380, Culminating Practicum, and successful completion of a professional research paper (Policy Analysis) of sufficient range in subject and method to demonstrate a broad acquaintance with the relevant theory and methodology and a capacity for in-depth analysis and investigation. The completed paper shall be presented before interested faculty and graduate students and approved by both members of the graduate committee.

2. Approval by the department graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.

THE OPTION IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

Core:

21 units required:

POLS    300    Amer Institutions/Public Orgs    3.0    FS

POLS    302    Public Admin and Democracy    3.0    FA

POLS    331    Seminar: Research Methods    3.0    SP

POLS    360A    Seminar: Public Management    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: POLS 302; POLS 362 is recommended.

POLS    360B    Seminar: Public Personnel Admin    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 302.

POLS    360C    Sem: Public Financial Resources    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 302; POLS 331 is recommended.

POLS    362    Sem: Org Theory Public Sector    3.0    FA

Option:

15 units required:

POLS    352    Legl/Ethic Iss Hlth & Hum Serv    3.0    FA

This course is the same as HCSV 352 which may be substituted.

POLS    363    Sem Hlth/Hum Serv Mgmt    3.0    SP

This course is the same as HCSV 363 which may be substituted.

POLS    364    Sem Pub Policy Health/Human Svc    3.0    FA

POLS    365    Econ & Global Fin Iss Hlth    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 360C, POLS 364.

This course is the same as HCSV 365 which may be substituted.

POLS    366    Mental Health Policy & Admin    3.0    SP

Recommended for pre-service students.

3 units selected from:

POLS    389A    Intern/Fieldwork Public Admin    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

HCSV    389    Internship    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

3 units selected from:

POLS    398    Independent Study    1.0-3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

HCSV    398    Independent Study    1.0-3.0    FS

Culminating Activity:

POLS    380    Culminating Practicum    3.0    SP

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

POLS    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

HCSV    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

(See Culminating Activity above.)

THE OPTION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT

Core:

21 units required:

POLS    300    Amer Institutions/Public Orgs    3.0    FS

POLS    302    Public Admin and Democracy    3.0    FA

POLS    331    Seminar: Research Methods    3.0    SP

POLS    360A    Seminar: Public Management    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: POLS 302; POLS 362 is recommended.

POLS    360B    Seminar: Public Personnel Admin    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 302.

POLS    360C    Sem: Public Financial Resources    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: POLS 302; POLS 331 is recommended.

POLS    362    Sem: Org Theory Public Sector    3.0    FA

Option:

15 units required:

GEOG    300    Advances in Geography & Planning    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    301    Seminar: State and Local Govt    3.0    FA

POLS    364    Sem Pub Policy Health/Human Svc    3.0    FA

POLS    367    Sem: Administration/Planning    3.0    FA

POLS    368    Seminar: Public Policy Formation    3.0    SP

Pre-service students: 3 units recommended in local government:

POLS    389A    Intern/Fieldwork Public Admin    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Culminating Activity:

A local government topic must be selected.

3-6 units required:

POLS    380    Culminating Practicum    3.0    SP

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

POLS    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Graduate students in Public Administration will demonstrate their writing competence through POLS 302 or the first graduate seminar in which they enroll. The instructor of that seminar will certify to the Graduate Coordinator that the student has met the requirement. Students should consult with the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398 and Master’s Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses), AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on the approved master’s degree program as well as in all course work taken subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.

In addition, no course in which a grade lower than B-is earned will be counted toward the fulfillment of any graduate degree requirements.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory each semester for all Public Administration majors. Consult with the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.