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Public Administration

Mission Statement

The mission of the M.P.A. program is to prepare students for leadership roles and careers in public and nonprofit organizations. In pursuing this mission, the M.P.A. program will (1) offer a professional, terminal degree grounded in political science; (2) combine a foundation in general public administration with the specialized knowledge and skills associated with one of the program’s concentrations with focused attention to the needs of professionals in local government and nonprofit agencies; and (3) serve the community by expanding and applying knowledge and providing leadership in addressing public service needs.

Accreditation

The M.P.A. program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. This accreditation indicates that EMU’s M.P.A. program meets all national standards for such programs.

Department Activities

The department offers special opportunities to M.P.A. students by its involvement and leadership roles in EMU’s applied research institutes, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program on campus, the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) and other professional associations.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to M.P.A. students. Graduate assistants support faculty members in instructional, research, service and administrative projects. Placements are also available outside the department with other University offices.

Department Information:

Political Science - College of Arts & Sciences

Arnold Fleischmann, Ph.D.
Department Head

601 Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3113
afleisch@emich.edu

Department Website

Advisor Information:

MPA. Director:

Program Advisor:

Jeff Bernstein, Ph.D., Professor

601 Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3113
jbernstei@emich.edu

Barbara Patrick, Ph.D.

601 Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3113
bpatric1@emich.edu

Master of Public Administration:

The M.P.A. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the following: 

  • All pre-service students without substantial work experience in public administration must complete a 15-week equivalent internship experience and enroll in PLSC 688 - Practicum in Public Affairs . The director of internships in the Department of Political Science will work with students to identify and supervise an appropriate internship.
  • The minimum acceptable grade in each of the nine required courses is a B. Students scoring less than a B may repeat a course once before being dismissed from the program. All students must have a B average overall to graduate.

Required Courses: 24 hours

  • PLSC 510 - Public Administration Concepts 3 hrs
  • PLSC 515 - Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration 3 hrs
  • PLSC 540 - Public and Nonprofit Budgeting 3 hrs
  • PLSC 578 - Research Methods in Public Administration 3 hrs
  • PLSC 630 - Public Policy Analysis and Formulation 3 hrs
  • PLSC 635 - Strategic Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors 3 hrs
  • PLSC 678 - Quantitative Methods in Public Administration 3 hrs
  • PLSC 695 - Capstone Seminar in Public Administration 3 hrs

Concentration Area: 15 hours

Select one of the following concentration areas:

Local Government Concentration: 15 hours

Required Course: 3 hours
  • PLSC 565 - Local Government and Politics 3 hrs
Restricted Electives: 12 hours

Select 15 hours from the following:

  • a minimum of two courses must be selected from the list of Political Science Electives
  • a maximum of two courses may be selected from the list of Interdisciplinary Electives
     
  • Political Science Electives

  • PLSC 525 - Administrative Law 3 hrs
  • PLSC 580 - Local Development Policy 3 hrs
  • PLSC 590 - Special Topics 1 hr
  • PLSC 591 - Special Topics 2 hr
  • PLSC 592 - Special Topics 3 hrs
  • PLSC 608 - Contracts and Grant Management 3 hrs
  • PLSC 615 - Public and Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hrs
  • PLSC 625 - Local Government Management 3 hrs
  • PLSC 645 - Intergovernmental and Nonprofit Collaborations 3 hrs
  • PLSC 655 - Politics of Local Planning 3 hrs
  • PLSC 660 - Public Health Care Policy 3 hrs
  • PLSC 665 - Basic Arbitration Training for Professionals 3 hrs
  • PLSC 688 - Practicum in Public Affairs 3 hrs
  • PLSC 697 - Independent Study 1 hr
  • PLSC 698 - Independent Study 2 hrs
  • PLSC 699 - Independent Study 3 hrs
  • Interdisciplinary Electives

  • GEOG 579 - Geographic Information Systems 3 hrs
  • SOCL 647 - Contemporary Community Structure 3 hrs
  • SOCL 678 - Methods in Social Program Evaluation 3 hrs
  • STS 502 - Microcomputer Applications in Administration 3 hrs
  • SWRK 662 - Grant Writing and Resource Development 3 hrs
  • URP 552 - Infrastructure Planning and Policy 3 hrs
  • URP 553 - Urban and Regional Planning 2 hrs
  • URP 556 - Zoning and Land Development Regulation 2 hrs
  • URP 557 - Community Development and Downtown Revitalization 3 hrs

Nonprofit Management Concentration: 15 hours

Required Course: 3 hours
  • PLSC 544 - Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 3 hrs
Restricted Electives: 12 hours

Select 15 hours from the following:

  • a minimum of two courses must be selected from the list of Political Science Electives
  • a maximum of two courses may be selected from the list of Interdisciplinary Electives
  • Political Science Electives

  • PLSC 525 - Administrative Law 3 hrs
  • PLSC 590 - Special Topics 1 hr
  • PLSC 591 - Special Topics 2 hr
  • PLSC 592 - Special Topics 3 hrs
  • PLSC 605 - Leadership and Nonprofit Management 3 hrs
  • PLSC 606 - Fundraising for Nonprofits 3 hrs
  • PLSC 607 - Nonprofit Board Development 3 hrs
  • PLSC 608 - Contracts and Grant Management 3 hrs
  • PLSC 645 - Intergovernmental and Nonprofit Collaborations 3 hrs
  • PLSC 660 - Public Health Care Policy 3 hrs
  • PLSC 688 - Practicum in Public Affairs 3 hrs
  • PLSC 697 - Independent Study 1 hr
  • PLSC 698 - Independent Study 2 hrs
  • PLSC 699 - Independent Study 3 hrs
  • Interdisciplinary Electives

  • ACC 646 - Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations 3 hrs
  • LAW 603 - Legal Environment of Nonprofit Organizations 3 hrs
  • MGMT 570 - New Venture Creation 3 hrs
  • SOCL 678 - Methods in Social Program Evaluation 3 hrs
  • SWRK 663 - Supervising Staff and Volunteers 3 hrs

General Public Administration Concentration: 15 hours

We welcome students who would like to tailor their program to their career interests rather than specializing in either of the two concentrations above. You can create an individualized set of Political Science and other courses subject to approval by the MPA director. Three courses must be in PLSC.

Program Total: 39-42 hours

Extended Program:

This graduate program is available at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, please click here .