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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Masters in Public Administration and Certificate in Public Management

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/government/graduate/publicadmin/program.html

The MSU Department of Government offers a Certificate in Public Management (CPM) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at both the Mankato campus and the Edina campus (at 7700 France Avenue in Edina).  The MPA program has two tracks to choose from:  American Administration and International Administration.  Information about both programs are listed below.

 

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Research and Writing Capstone - 34 credits
Thesis Plan - 34 credits
Alternate Paper Plan - 34 credits

 

The MPA program is designed for persons already in or preparing to enter public service.  The program is designed to enable the student to perform management or staff functions in such areas as finance, budget analysis and personnel management.  Students are prepared with knowledge of political and legal processes of government and with an appreciation for managerial decision-making skills required by public agencies.  MPA students can choose which type of capstone project they want to pursue.  The recommended option (and most common) for most students is the Research and Writing Capstone Plan, but students may instead choose to take the Thesis Plan or the Alternate Plan Paper Plan with advisor permission. All capstone plans require a total of 34 credits for program completion.


MPA Admission requirements:

1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or by using other factors (e.g. promising public or private sector work experience, having already taken some graduate credits) to demonstrate that the program can be successfully completed.

2. A letter of intent

3. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; and 

4. All students need to have a reasonable background knowledge in government and quantitative methods. In some cases, the student's advisor may require that knowledge and skill deficiencies be remedied.

 

MPA Program Requirements:

Required Core (22 credits)

• POL 600: Research Methods (3 credits)
• POL 606: Organizational Theory (3 credit)
• POL 611: Orientation for Graduate Students (1 credits)
• POL 622: Seminar: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
• POL 662: Human Resource Management (3 credits)
• POL 663: Budget and Fiscal Management (3 credits)
• POL 665: Seminar: Bureaucracy and Administrative Process (3 credits) or POL 628: Seminar: Public Management (3 credits)
• POL 669: Seminar: Public Policy Analysis (3 credits) or 3 credits of elective(s) with demonstrated foreign language proficiency.
 

American Administration Track: 9 credits

ONE of the following (totaling 3 credits):

• POL 550: Topics in Public Law (with permission)
• POL 560: Topics in Public Policy/Administration (with permission)
• POL 562: Collective Bargaining: Public Sector
• POL 563: Public Personnel Administration
• POL 570: Topics in Institutions & Process (with permission)
• POL 571: Public Opinion and Polling Methods
• POL 572: Urban Government
• POL 573: Legislative Process
• POL 574: Executive Process
• POL 580: Topics in Political Methodology (with permission)
• POL 660: Seminar: Public Administration
• POL 670: Seminar: Public Law
• POL 680: State-Urban Governance
and TWO of the following (totaling 6 credits):
• POL 610: Seminar: American Politics
• POL 621: Comparative Social Policy: Welfare States
• POL 650: Seminar: Ethics and Values in Administration
• POL 691: Internship (with permission)
 

International Administration Track: 9 credits

ONE of the following: (totaling 3 credits):

• POL 530: Topics in International Relations (with permission)
• POL 532: International Law
• POL 533: International Organization
• POL 534: US Foreign Policy
• POL 535: Capitalism, Nationalism and Democracy
• POL 536: International Political Economy
• POL 537: International Conflict Resolution
• POL 539: Comparative Social Policy
• POL 540: Topics in Comparative Politics (with permission)
• POL 548: Political Change and Development
• POL 549: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
and TWO of the following: (totaling 6 credits):
• POL 620: Seminar: Issues in Comparative Government and Administration
• POL 621: Comparative Social Policy: Welfare States
• POL 630: Seminar: International Relations
• POL 650: Seminar: Ethics and Values in Administration

 

Students may be required to complete electives: 0-2 credits, depending on the number of credits taken for the capstone plan (Research and Writing Plan, Thesis Plan, Alternate Plan Paper Plan).

 

Required Capstone for the MPA program:

• POL 693: Research and Writing Capstone (3 credits)

or with advisor permission:

• POL 694: Alternative Plan Paper (1-2 credits)
• POL 699: Thesis (3-6) credit

 

Certificate in Public Management (CPM)

The Certificate in Public Management (CPM) is designed for persons already in or preparing to enter public service, and can usually be completed within one year. Students successfully completing this certificate will be trained in human resource management, budgetary analysis, management theory and public policy analysis.  Students may complete the Certificate in Public Management while working toward their MPA degree.

 

CPM Requirements:

Take four of the following for a total of 12 credits.  Students must take either POL 600 and/or POL 669.  Students must also take POL 662 and/or POL 663.

• POL 600: Research Methods (3 credits)
• POL 662: Human Resource Management (3 credits)
• POL 663: Budget and Fiscal Management (3 credits)
• POL 628: Seminar: Public Management (3 credits)
• POL 665: Seminar: Bureaucracy & Administrative Process (3 credits)
• POL 606: Organization Theory (3 credits)
• POL 622: Seminar: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
• POL 669: Seminar: Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)

 

Classes in the Twin Cities

In addition to classes at the Mankato campus, both the MPA and CPM programs are offered at 7700 France Avenue in Edina, MN. Program requirements for students taking courses in the Twin Cities (Edina) are the same as the on-campus program described immediately above and any exceptions for Twin Cities students must be approved in the student's plan of study by the student's advisor and the MPA Program Coordinator. The Department is committed to offering each of the core courses at least every two to three years in Edina.
 

Gainful Employment Program Information 

http://www.mnsu.edu/instres/gainfulemploy/index.html