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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, M.P.A. (Planning and Development Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Rene Palumbo; palumbo@etsu.edu; 423-439-6158

Dr. Michael P. Marchioni, Program Director, Professor
Phone: (423) 439-5362
e-mail: marchion@etsu.edu

Dr. J. David Briley, Graduate Coordinator

Associate Professor of Political Science
219 Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70651
(423) 439-6697
e-mail: briley@etsu.edu

Weixing Chen, Chair, Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration

301A Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70651
(423) 439-6632
e-mail: chen@etsu.edu


David Briley; Lon Felker; Rebecca Keeler; Michael Marcioni.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a nonbusiness degree that offers an outstanding education for men and women seeking an exciting career in the public or non-profit sector. Students may enter the program from any undergraduate major. The M.P.A. is a highly marketable degree for entry into the fields of city management, urban planning, industrial recruitment, community development, non-profit administration, public budgeting, and financial management. The demand for trained public and non-profit managers has steadily increased, both in this region and beyond.

The M.P.A. program builds on a long tradition of higher education in city management with a unique degree offering. Students who complete requirements for the city management concentration will receive the Master of City Management (M.C.M.) degree. This allows students who wish to pursue careers in city management to have a unique degree which is widely recognized throughout the region. Students choosing other concentrations will be awarded the M.P.A. degree.

Admission Requirements

A student applying to the M.P.A. program must meet both the requirements for admission to the university as a graduate student and the admission criteria for the program. The student must submit  transcripts of all academic work previously completed, scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and three letters of recommendation. Admission criteria include satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, satisfactory GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Questions about admission requirements should be directed to the M.P.A. director.

Students admitted to other graduate programs in the university may enroll in public administration courses (prefix PMGT) if they have completed the prerequisites, if any.

Course Requirements

Total Core Hours: 18 Credit Hours


Total Concentration Credit Hours (See below): 12 Credit Hours

Total Capstone Hours: 6 Credit Hours


* These courses fulfill the Culminating Experience requirement in the M.P.A. program.

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 36 Credit Hours

Planning and Development Concentration

This concentration is intended for students with a professional interest in urban planning, economic development, and community development.

Required Courses

Total Concentration Hours: 12 Credit Hours


Students selecting this concentration will receive the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree.

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