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Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management, MPA

About the Program

This program prepares individuals for positions of leadership and management in public and nonprofit organizations. The program provides students with an advanced course of graduate study concentrating on the conceptual, technical, and professional education and skills required for administrative and leadership positions in governmental offices and nonprofit organizations. The program blends three essential components of training to prepare graduates for a career in the public or nonprofit sector:

1. In-depth knowledge of the public and nonprofit sectors.

2. Professional or craft knowledge in the administration of government and nonprofit organizations.

3. Exposure of students to the world of practice by means of an MPA project (PAD 690).

About Public Administration
Classroom Building B218
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6116
Fax: (716) 878-3369
http://publicadministration.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale), or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree, but do not meet either of the above criteria may be considered for admission upon a successful interview with the academic intake coordinator or if they attain a minimum quantitative and verbal score of 152 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or complete 6 credit hours of 500-level PAD courses (courses must be pre-approved by the academic intake coordinator) at SUNY Buffalo State as an accepted MPA pre-major student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

2. Two letters of reference on the MPA admission form that attest to the applicant's academic performance or potential. Please note that at least one reference must be from a college professor or instructor. Those individuals who graduated from college more than five years ago can ask colleagues, supervisors, and individuals with whom they work on community or nonprofit endeavors (boards, etc.) to write on their behalf. The public administration admissions committee particularly seeks answers to the following questions: a. how long, and in what capacity have you known the applicant? b. Does the applicant have any special talents, abilities, or attributes that deserve mention? c. Do you have any concerns about this applicant that would impede success in graduate studies?

3. A letter of intent that should describe: why the applicant wishes to pursue the MPA; how the applicant's academic training and job experience, if applicable, are linked; why the applicant is prepared for study in the MPA program; a list of the applicant's educational objectives; background in statistics and/or methodology, if any; interest and future career goals; and the choice of track (nonprofit, public administration, or international public management) in which to concentrate. The letter of intent will be assessed as a writing sample according to organization conventions of language and content.

PAD 503 (Introduction to Writing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations) or an equivalent class as determined by the PAD admission committee will be required for students who wish to be admitted to the MPA program but who score below 80% on the MPA writing assessment of the letter of intent detailing their professional explanation for selecting this major and specialization. Students must receive a grade of B or above to be considered for admission to the program.

4. A resume.

5. Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as documentation of English language proficiency. Applicants with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper exam or 79 on the Internet exam, or with an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher will be considered for admission. Information on the TOEFL can be found at http://www.toefl.org. Information on the IELTS can be found at http://www.ielts.org/.

English as a Second Language Program International students who do not meet the language requirement can be admitted to Buffalo State's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI); students must complete required coursework in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as documentation of English language proficiency. The ESL program is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program designed to help students with varying levels of English proficiency through coursework, interaction with native speakers of English, and individualized language practice. Contact the department for more information.

6. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (21 credit hours)
PAD 500 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY 3
PAD 601 PUBLIC BUDGETING 3
PAD 640 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 3
PAD 646 STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFITORGANIZATIONS 3
PAD 680 RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT 3
PAD 681 DATA ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION 3
PAD 735 PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS 3

Select one of the following tracks: 12
Public Administration Track
Nonprofit Track
International Public Management Track

Master's Project (3 credit hours)
PAD 690 MASTER'S PROJECT (by advisement) 3
Total Credit Hours 36

Public Administration Track
Select four from the following: 12
PAD 501 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PAD 502 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
PAD 540 U.S. PUBLIC POLICY
PAD 560 THE AGING NETWORK
PAD 587 TOPICS COURSE (1-4)
PAD 588 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (1-6)
PAD 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
PAD 602 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY
PAD 643 SUPERVISION IN THE HUMAN SERVICES
PAD 650 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
PAD 685 PERFORMANCE-BASED MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
PAD 688 LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
PAD 700 MIGRATION POLICY
PAD 701 ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS
PAD 704 HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN POLICY
PAD 712 MANAGING PROGRAM EVALUATION
PAD 715 SURVEY METHODS AND DESIGN

Total Credit Hours 12

Nonprofit Track
Select four from the following: 12
PAD 540 U.S. PUBLIC POLICY
PAD 560 THE AGING NETWORK
PAD 587 TOPICS COURSE (1-4)
PAD 588 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (1-6)
PAD 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
PAD 603 NGO MANAGEMENT & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PAD 643 SUPERVISION IN THE HUMAN SERVICES
PAD 647 THE NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR
PAD 648 NONPROFIT GRANTS MANAGEMENT AND FUND DEVELOPMENT
PAD 650 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
PAD 701 ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS
PAD 712 MANAGING PROGRAM EVALUATION
PAD 715 SURVEY METHODS AND DESIGN
Total Credit Hours 12

International Public Management Track
Select four from the following: 12
Required Course:
PAD 605 INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE

Track Electives - Select three courses from the following list (9 Credit Hours)
PAD 501 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PAD 587 TOPICS COURSE (1-4)
PAD 588 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (1-6)
PAD 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
PAD 602 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY
PAD 603 NGO MANAGEMENT & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PAD 700 MIGRATION POLICY
PAD 704 HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN POLICY
PAD 712 MANAGING PROGRAM EVALUATION
PAD 715 SURVEY METHODS AND DESIGN

Total Credit Hours 12

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