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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, M.P.A. (Not-For-Profit Administration Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Gail Powers;; 423-439-4703

Dr. Michael P. Marchioni, Program Director, Professor
Phone: (423) 439-5362

Dr. J. David Briley, Graduate Coordinator

Associate Professor of Political Science
219 Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70651
(423) 439-6697

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

301A Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70651
(423) 439-6632


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

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a non business 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

Not-For-Profit Administration Concentration

This concentration is designed for students who wish to work in not-for-profit organizations.


Students in the Not-for-Profit Concentration may take SOCI 5320  in place of PMGT 5180  in the M.P.A. core. Students selecting this concentration will receive the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree.

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