Public Administration, MPA

Offered in: Chicago

The graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares experienced and aspiring administrators to be leaders in government, criminal justice, health, environmental, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum consists of core management and analysis courses and specialized courses in the student’s concentration. Concentrations are offered in health services management, government management, and nonprofit management.

Roosevelt's Chicago campus is ideally located for aspiring MPAs. Government is the largest single employer in the metropolitan area with agencies at all three levels (federal, state and local); several health care organizations are among the top 25 area employers; and the nonprofit sector is growing more rapidly than any other.

The public administration program draws from — and gives back to — this rich practice laboratory by continually connecting theory with practical application and by involving students in real administrative problems and their solutions. Faculty are primarily teachers, but they are also researchers, consultants, and practicing professionals. Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate students who are employed full-time. In addition, online courses are available and remote access to evening courses can be arranged for students with situations that preclude normal attendance.

Also available:

  • Accelerated Political Science BA/MPA in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Transitions Program in the College of Professional Studies

Admission

Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are admitted based upon previous academic performance and submission of a one- to two-page essay on an assigned topic. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 are considered on the basis of the above plus additional supporting materials: a resume/curriculum vitae to include record of community activism; two letters of recommendation; and a letter of intent discussing the applicant's interest in public administration and the applicant's personal/professional goals.   Information regarding admission is available online or may be obtained from the Arts and Sciences graduate admission counselor or the MPA director. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.

Requirements

To earn the MPA degree, students must complete 36 credit hours of course work. Course work must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students electing the thesis option must have a GPA of 3.7. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA, students who receive more than two grades of C, and students who have one course grade of D or F are subject to dismissal from the program.

Students must choose a concentration in health services management, government management, or nonprofit management at the beginning of the program. Concentration courses must be selected in consultation with their graduate adviser.

Core Course Requirements
PADM 400PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES3
PADM 401MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR PUBLIC SECTOR3
PADM 403QUANTITATIVE METHODS3
PADM 404HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
PADM 405PUBLIC BUDGET & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
PADM 406RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHOD3
Select one of the following:3
CAPSTONE COURSE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PRACTICUM IN HEALTH MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM IN GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
THESIS
PADM 498FIELD INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (identified in the semester schedule)3
or a service learning course (identified in the semester schedule)
One policy course (identified in the semester schedule)3
Area of Concentration (Government, Health Care, or Nonprofit)9
Three courses chosen with adviser
Total Credit Hours36

Undergraduate Opportunities: Joint BA/MPA Programs

Roosevelt undergraduate students concerned about the time and cost of obtaining a graduate degree can reduce both by participating in a joint program. These programs allow undergraduate students to start on their MPA degrees by taking graduate level courses during the completion of their undergraduate degrees.

  • Accelerated Political Science BA/MPA in the College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences can participate in this accelerated program leading to a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree. The program allows students to take three graduate-level courses as part of their undergraduate degrees.

Once students are admitted to the MPA, the courses will apply toward completion of the MPA degree. Students must be accepted into the joint program and obtain permission from the program director of Public Administration before enrolling in the cross-listed courses.

Students must apply after completion of 60 credit hours of course work, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and write an essay for the Public Administration program. At the conclusion of the Political Science degree, students are required to formally apply to the Public Administration program.

The three graduate courses in the joint BA/MPA program are: PADM 400 PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES, PADM 401 MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR PUBLIC SECTOR, and PADM 405 PUBLIC BUDGET & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT.

  • Transitions Program in the College of Professional Studies

Organizational Leadership (OLED) majors in the College of Professional Studies who are planning to immediately continue on to graduate school in the Masters of Public Administration program at Roosevelt can participate in a Transitions Program that will accelerate completion of the MPA.

The program allows these students to take three graduate-level courses as part of their undergraduate degree program. Once admitted to the MPA, the courses will apply toward completion of the MPA degree. Students must be accepted into the Transitions program and obtain permission from the program director of Public Administration before enrolling in the cross-listed courses.

Students must apply to the Transitions program for the MPA after their third OLED course, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and write an essay for the Public Administration program. At the conclusion of the Organizational Leadership Degree students are required to formally apply to the Public Administration program. The three graduate courses in the OLED/MPA Transition Program are: PADM 400 PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES, PADM 401 MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR PUBLIC SECTOR, andPADM 419 STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION.

Continuous Registration

A student who has not completed an internship, thesis, or other final project must maintain continued registration during fall and spring semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by “Y”). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for internship, or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.