Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, a research, academic and service unit of the Graduate School, offers the Ph.D., the M.P.A., the M.P.P. and the M.H.A. degrees. The Ph.D. in Public Administration is designed to prepare students to function at a high level of analytic sophistication in academic and administrative positions. The M.P.A. is a 42-credit-hour program designed for those seeking careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. The M.P.P is a 40-hour program designed to prepare individuals for careers as professional policy analysts in government and non-profit organizations. The M.H.A. is a two-year, 44-hour degree that prepares individuals for managerial and administrative careers in health policy and health services.

The interdisciplinary faculty have primary or joint appointments in the Martin School and in one of the academic departments of the College of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture, or the Medical Center.

Doctor of Philosophy

The curriculum of the Ph.D. program provides knowledge of the principles of organizational behavior, an understanding of the public policy process and policy issues, and an ability to analyze policy and administrative problems through research and analytical methods.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants must submit the following items to be considered for admission to the Doctoral program in Public Administration. A writing sample, while optional, is encouraged.

1. Three letters of recommendation.

2. A one to three page statement explaining why you wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree.

3. The Applicant Information Form.

Entering students are expected to have at least a 3.0 grade point average in undergraduate work (on a 4.0 scale), a 3.5 in all graduate level work, a cumulative score of 1200 or more on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE, or a minimum of 600 on the GMAT, and 3 letters of recommendation that provide convincing evidence about the applicant's ability and potential. However, the Martin School considers all aspects of the student's record, including evidence of improving performance during the student's academic career.

Pre-requisites and Exemptions

Many incoming students will hold a master's degree in public administration from a NASPAA-accredited program. Other students with master's degrees in such areas as political science, economics, agricultural economics or business administration will be evaluated with respect to their background in public administration. All students are expected to have taken four University of Kentucky courses: PA 652 (Public Policy Economics), PA 631 (Public Financial Management), PA 642 (Public Organizational Theory and Behavior), and PA 651 (The Policy Process), or their equivalents from a NASPAA accredited program. All students are also expected to have a strong background in research methodology.

All Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in basic computer skills. These basic computer skills will be supplemented by computer-based assignments throughout the curriculum.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to take 42 hours of graduate course work beyond the master's degree or its equivalent. The program of study includes 12 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours in the are of concentration, 6 credit hours of theory related to and supporting the student's area of concentration, and 9 credit hours of research methodology courses.

In addition to course work, students complete two examinations and a dissertation.

The dissertation involves research on a public management or public policy issue. An internship is necessary for students without significant public experience.

Financial support is available to qualified students through fellowships, assistantship, and research grants.

Inquiries should be made through the Director of Graduate Studies, 415 Patterson Tower.

Core Courses

Public Policy and Management (12 hours)

PA 731 Fiscal and Budgetary Policy 3

PA 742 Theory of Public Organizations 3

PA 751 Public Policy Formulation 3

PA 752 The Economics of Policy Analysis 3

Theory (6 hours)

Six hours of theory courses are selected with the approval of the Advisory Committee.

Master of Public Administration

The M.P.A. program offers a professional degree that prepares students for careers of leadership in the public service as analysts and managers in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Students enter the program with diverse academic backgrounds.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission standards of both the Graduate School and the Martin School. Applicants must submit the following items to be considered for admission to the Master of Public Administration program.

1. Three letters of recommendation.

2. A one to three page statement explaining why you wish to pursue this master's degree.

3. The Applicant Information Form which can be found on the Web at <www.martin.uky.edu/~web/admissions/applications.html>.

The final selection of students for admission will be subject to the discretion of the admissions committee of the M.P.A. program.

Competitive admission is based on a consideration of the documents listed above. Provisional admission may be offered to students who do not meet the above criteria but who show the potential to succeed in the program.

Students are admitted from various academic disciplines. If not previously exposed to business disciplines, students should develop an understanding of the concepts of microeconomics.

Deadlines

Deadlines for the program are the same as the Graduate School admission deadlines. Applications completed by February 1 will have priority for financial aid.

Generally, courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working students.

The Martin School M.P.A. program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration (NASPAA). For additional information contact:

Student Affairs Office

The Martin School

415 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

Two dual degree programs are offered: a dualJ.D./M.P.A. program and a dual Pharm.D./M.P.A. degree. For more information about those programs, see Graduate Admission .

The M.P.A. program incorporates:

1. an Administrative Core of 30 semester hours covering the areas of public policy formulation and analysis, public policy economics, organization and management, budgeting, finance, and analytical methods;

2. an area of concentration of 6 semester hours in one of six areas of specialization (public financial management, policy analysis, environmental management, health policy, gerontology, or transportation systems management) or in an individually designed concentration;

3. a 3-hour Capstone Course and Capstone Project;

4. an administrative internship for 3 semester hours of credit. Students with a significant professional experience may substitute an independent study policy paper or an additional graduate course.

Course Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 42 semester hours of graduate work is required.

A. Administrative Core (30 semester hours)

PA 602 Organizational Change and Strategic Planning 3

PA 621 Quantitative Methods of Research 3

PA 622 Public Program Evaluation 3

PA 623 Decision Analysis 3

PA 624 Information Systems in Government 2

PA 631 Public Financial Management 3

PA 632 Public Funds Management 3

PA 642 Public Organization Theory and Behavior 3

PA 651 The Policy Process 3

PA 652 Public Policy Economics 3

PA 691 Ethics in Public Policy 1

B. Area of Concentration (6 semester hours)

Public Financial Management

Students completing this specialization will be prepared for an entry-level professional position in public and not-for-profit organizations.

Select 6 hours from:

PA 633 Municipal Securities 3

FIN 585 Bank Management 3

FIN 680 Money, Interest and Capital 3

ECO 611 Business Conditions Analysis 3

Policy Analysis

This concentration provides students the ability to analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, conduct and present results of quantitative and qualitative analyses, and communicate complex ideas in a concise, straightforward manner.

Select 6 hours from:

PA 680 Benefit-Cost Analysis 3

PA 690 Public Policy Analysis Overview 3

A course in quantitative or qualitative methods 3

A course in a substantive policy area, PA 775, PA 796, or PA 722 3

Environmental Management

Martin School graduates with a concentration in environmental management will be ready to contribute to the design and implementation of environmental policy.

Complete 2 of the following courses:

PA 727 Environmental Economics, Regulation and Policy 3

ES 610 Engineering and Physical Sciences in Environmental Systems 3

ES 620 Natural, Biological, Medical Sciences in Environmental Systems 3

Health Policy

The health policy concentration prepares students for careers as managers and analysts of health policy in federal, state, and local agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Select 6 hours from:

PA 636 Health Economics 3

PA 673 Health Policy Development 3

PA 785 Independent Study in Health Administration 3

or

PA 680 Benefit-Cost Analsis 3

Gerontology

This concentration prepares students for professional careers in policy analysis and management of programs for the elderly. Students must complete 6 hours of courses from the Gerontology Graduate Certificate selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Transportation Systems Management

This area of specialization consists of 6 semester hours of classes offered through the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Transportation. It prepares students for careers as policy analysts and managers working in diverse transportation settings, including consulting firms, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local level.

C. Capstone Course and Capstone Project (3 semester hours)

All students must take the 3-hour capstone class and successfully complete and defend a capstone project developed in that class. The purpose of the course and the project is to integrate the learning experience of the MPA program and apply knowledge and skills acquired in the program to a policy issue or management problem.

PA 681 Capstone in Public Administration 3

D. Internship (3 semester hours)

PA 711 Internship in Public Administration 3

Master of Public Policy

The M.P.P. program offers a professional degree that prepares students for careers as professional policy analysts in government and non-profit organizations in government and the not-for-profit. Students enter the program with diverse academic backgrounds.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission standards of both the Graduate School and the Martin School . Applicants must submit the following items to be considered for admission to the Master of Public Administration program.

  1. Three letters of recommendation.
  2. A one-to three-page statement explaining why you wish to pursue this master's degree.
  3. The Applicant Information Form which can be found on the Web at <www.martin.uky.edu/~web/admissions/applications.html>.

The final selection of students for admission will be subject to the discretion of the admissions committee of the M.P.A. program.

Competitive admission is based on a consideration of the documents listed above. Provisional admission may be offered to students who do not meet the above criteria but who show the potential to succeed in the program.

Students are admitted from various academic disciplines. If not previously exposed to business disciplines, students should develop an understanding of the concepts of macroeconomics.

Deadlines

Deadlines for the program are the same as the Graduate School admission deadlines. Applications completed by February 1 will have priority for financial aid.

For additional information go to < www-Martin.uky.edu> or contact:

Student Affairs Office

The Martin School

413 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

Lexington , KY 40506-0027

The M.P.P. program incorporates:

  1. an Administrative Core of 31 semester hours covering the areas of statistics, public policy formulation and analysis, public policy economics, organization and management, budgeting, finance, and analytical methods;
  2. 3 semester hours in a functional area such as Health, Transportation, Education, Environmental Financial, Social Welfare, Gerontology Policy or another approved area.
  3. a 3-hour Capstone Course and Capstone Project;
  4. an administrative internship for 3 semester hours of credit. Students with a significant professional experience may substitute an independent study policy paper or an additional graduate course.

Course Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours of graduate work is required.

A. Administrative Core (31 semester hours)

STA 671 REGRESSION AND CORRELATION

STA 672 DESIGN & ANALYSIS OF EXPERIMENTS

PA 622 PUBLIC PROGRAM EVALUATION

PA 631 PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

PA 642/HA 642 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION, THEORY & BEHAVIOR

PA 650 ECONOMICS FOR PUBLIC POLICY *

*Currently offered as PA 795 Special Topics in Public Administration: Economics for Public Policy

PA 651 THE POLICY PROCESS

PA 652 HA/ECO 652 PUBLIC POLICY ECONOMICS

PA 680 BENEFIT/COST ANALYSIS

PA 681 CAPSTONE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

PA 690 PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS OVERVIEW

PA 692 RES. METHODS FOR PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

PA 711 INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

B. Area of Specialization (3 semester hours)

C. Capstone Course and Capstone Project (3 semester hours)

All students must take the 3-hour capstone class and successfully complete and defend a capstone project developed in that class. The purpose of the course and the project is to integrate the learning experience of the MPP program and apply knowledge and skills acquired in the program to a policy issue. The presentation of the Capstone project serves as the final Master's exam.

PA 681 Capstone in Public Administration 3

E. Internship (3 semester hours)

PA 711 Internship in Public Administration 3

GRADUATE COURSES

PA 621 QUANITITATIVE METHODS OF RESEARCH (SAME AS HA 621) (3)

PA 622 PUBLIC PROGRAM EVALUATION (3)

PA 623 DECISION ANALYSIS AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS (SAME AS HA 623) (3)

PA 628 PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (3)

PA 631 PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3)

PA 632 PUBLIC FUNDS MANAGEMENT (SAME AS HA 632) (3)

PA 633 MUNICIPAL SECURITIES (3)

PA 636 HEALTH ECONOMICS (SAME AS HA 636, ECO 653) (3)

PA 637 HEALTH FINANCE (SAME AS FIN/HA/HSM 637) (3)

PA 641 POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS (3)

PA 642 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR (SAME AS HA 642) (3)

PA 651 THE POLICY PROCESS (3)

PA 652 PUBLIC POLICY ECONOMICS (SAME AS ECO/HA 652) (3)

PA 653 LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (SAME AS AEC 653) (3)

PA 656 MANAGERIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (SAME AS HA 656) (3)

PA 660 PUBLIC POLICY OF THE NONPROFIT SECTOR (3)

PA 661 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION (3)

PA 671 OVERVIEW OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM (SAME AS HA /HSM 601/SPH 602) (3)

PA 673 HEALTH POLICY DEVELOPMENT (SAME AS HA 673) (2)

PA 680 BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS (SAME AS ECO 654) (3)

PA 681 CAPSTONE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)

PA 690 POLICY ANALYSIS OVERVIEW (3)

PA 691 ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY (3)

PA 711 INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)

PA 727 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS, REGULATION AND POLICY (SAME AS ECO 721) (3)

PA 731 FISCAL AND BUDGETARY POLICY (3)

PA 742 THEORY OF PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS (3)

PA 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

PA 751 PUBLIC POLICY FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION (3)

PA 752 THE ECONOMICS OF POLICY ANALYSIS (SAME AS ECO 752) (3)

PA 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

PA 775 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS HA/HSM 775) (1-3)

PA 785 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS HA/HSM 785) (1-3)

PA 795 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (1-3)

PA 796 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (1-3)

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