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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Public Administration, MPA


The MPA Public Administration program offers concentrations that prepare students for managerial careers in government, health care, and the nonprofit sector, three of the fastest-growing areas of the national economy. Students typically complete the 39-45 credit program in 18 to 24 months of full-time study or three years of part-time study, including foundational preparation of managerial, quantitative, financial, and analytical skills.

Also available is a dual-degree MPA/JD program of 127 credits with Pace University School of Law, typically completed in four years of full-time study. For eligibility requirements for this program, contact the MPA program director.

The MPA program has a Center for Health Care Policy Education and Research which since 1996 has sponsored bi-annual conferences on key issues in health care. MPA students are invited to attend at no charge.

The MPA program has a connection with the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management, located in White Plains. This institute conducts studies on and for local governments and nonprofit organizations, offers executive and management training, and holds workshops and conferences concerning public policy. Very important, it places students in internships with governmental and nonprofit agencies.

For more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/mpa.

MASTER’S DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The M.P.A. curriculum consists of 39-45 credits including core, track, and
elective and specialization courses. Four tracks are available. To prepare for the MPA degree, students must take an additional six pre-core foundation credits or obtain waivers from the department chairperson based on documented proficiency in these areas.

The graduate student may choose to engage in full-time or part-time study in the M.P.A. program. Full-time students can complete the degree in two years, and the part-time student typically needs four years. Both time periods may be shortened by advanced credit from other graduate institutions, waiver of pre-core courses with prior experience or background, and summer graduate study at Pace.

During the first year of study students should focus on completing their core requirements before selecting track or elective courses.

Available tracks are:

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT, NOT-FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT TRACKS:

Credits

Core Courses

18

Track Courses

12

Electives

9

Total Credits

39

PRE-CORE REQUIREMENTS:

6

PAA 501 Accounting for Government, Healthcare and Non-Profit Entities (3)
PAA 502 Statistics and Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (3)
CORE REQUIREMENTS:

18

PAA 601 Public Administration and Its Environment (3)
PAA 602 Organization Theory and Management (3)
PAA 603 The Economics of the Governmental, Health Care and Nonprofit Sectors (3)
PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis (3)
PAA 606 Research Methods for Public Administration (3)
PAA 699 Capstone Project Seminar (3)

TRACK REQUIREMENTS:
Government Track

12

PAA 630 Intergovernmental Relations (3)
PAA 631 Law in the Administrative Process (3)
PAA 632 Policy Studies (3)
PAA 644 Seminar in Government Management Topics (3)
Not-for-Profit Management Track
PAA 670 The History of Not-for-Profit Management (3)
PAA 671 Law for Not-for-Profit Managers (3)
PAA 673 Financial Resource Development for Not-for-Profits (3)
PAA 681 Seminar Not-for-Profit Management Topics (3)

Environmental Management Track
Offered in cooperation with the department of Biological Sciences Master of Science in Environmental Science program, this track is designed for students with a scientific background. Prerequisites include: one year of college biology, one year of college chemistry, and one year of college organic chemistry. One year of college physics and math are recommended.

Environmental Science (ENS) courses are held in Pleasantville,Westchester.

ENS 610 Environmental Science I (3)
ENS 611 Environmental Science II (3)
ENS 650 Environmental Law (3)
ENS 623 Research & Statistical Methods for Environmental Science (3)

Note: For the Environmental track, the following electives are recommended:
PAA 624 Environmental Science Policy (3); PAA 605 Ethics & Leadership (3), and ENS 696F Environmental Assessment (3).

ELECTIVES: 9

Students choose three courses from list of elective courses (see below).

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION TRACK:

Credits

Core Courses

15

Track Courses

18

Electives

9

Total Credits

42

PRE-CORE REQUIREMENTS:

6

PAA

501

Accounting for Government, Healthcare and Non-Profit Entities (3)

PAA

502

Statistics & Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (3)


CORE REQUIREMENTS:


15

PAA

601

Public Administration and Its Environment (3)

PAA

602

Organization Theory and Management (3)

PAA

604

Budgeting and Financial Analysis (3)

PAA

606

Research Methods for Public Administration (3)

PAA

699

Capstone Project Seminar (3)

TRACK REQUIREMENTS:

18

PAA

650

The US Health Care System (3)

PAA

652

Health Policy Studies (3)

PAA

661

Hospital and Health Services Administration (3)

PAA

666

Health Care Economics (3)

PAA

665

Seminar in Health Services Management (3)

or

PAA

651

Community Health Assessment (3)

PAA

614

Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)

or

PAA

Health Planning (3)

ELECTIVE COURSES: 9
Open to all students and chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Students select three of the following courses:

PAA

600

Independent Study (3)

PAA

605

Ethics and Leadership (3)

PAA

610

Personnel Administration/Human Resources (3)

PAA

611

Management and Organizational Development (3)

PAA

612

Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (3)

PAA

613

Organizational Functioning and Dysfunctioning (3)

PAA

614

Strategic Planning and Marketing (3)

PAA

615

Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

PAA

616

Public and Private Grants (3)

PAA

617

Management Issues in Gerontologic Services (3)

PAA

619

Advanced Financial Management (3)

PAA

620

Advanced Economic Analysis (3)

PAA

624

Environmental Science Policy (3)

PAA

640

Local Government Law (3)

PAA

641

Municipal Management (3)

PAA

642

Regional Planning (3)

PAA

651

Community Health Assessment (3)

PAA

660

Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)

PAA

661

Hospital and Health Services Administration (3)

PAA

662

Health Planning (3)

PAA

663

Health Care Quality Assurance & Risk Management (3)

PAA

666

Health Care Economics (3)

PAA

682

External Relations for Public Service (3)

PAA

683

Seminar/Lab in Social Entrepreneurship (3)

PAA

695

Internship (may be required depends on experience) (3)

IS

613

Database Management Systems (3)

IS

617

Information Systems Principles (3)

IS

621

Structural Systems Analysis (3)

OR
Students can select a specialization area for their chosen track:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

PAA

640

Local Government Law (3)

PAA

641

Municipal Management (3)

PAA

612

Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (3)

MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS AREA

PAA

610

Personnel Administration/Human Resources (3)

PAA

651

Community Health Assessment (3)

PAA

660

Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)

NOT-FOR-PROFIT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AREA

PAA

614

Strategic Planning and Marketing (3)

PAA

616

Public and Private Grants (3)

PAA

619

Advanced Financial Management (3)

PLANNING AND EVALUATION AREA

PAA

614

Strategic Planning and Marketing (3)

PAA

615

Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

PAA

642

Regional Planning (3)

GERONTOLOGICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AREA

PAA

617

Management Issues in Gerontologic Services (3)

PAA

650

The United States Health Care System (3)

HC

660

Legal Aspects of Health Administration (3)

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AREA

PAA

610

Personnel Administration/Human Resources (3)

PAA

611

Management and Organizational Development (3)

PAA

612

Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (3)

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS AREA

IS

617

Information Systems Principles (3)

IS

621

Structured Systems Analysis (3)

IS

613

Database Management Systems (3)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AREA

PAA

624

Environmental Science Policy (3)

PAA

605

Ethics and Leadership (3)

ENS

696F

Environmental Assessment (3)


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