2, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
A new agreement between the University of Kentucky
and Morehead State University permits students who
are enrolled in Morehead State's Institute for Regional
Analysis and Public Policy program to study for a
master's degree in public administration at the UK
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
while simultaneously completing their baccalaureate
Lee T. Todd Jr. and Morehead State President Ronald
G. Eaglin made the announcement today.
the program as an example of the way Kentucky's regional
universities and the state's leading research university
can collaborate "to enrich the educational opportunities
for students and the research and grant opportunities
said the program "illustrates the collaborative
efforts in instruction and research that our state's
top academic units should aspire to establish,"
and he praised the Martin School as a "prestigious,
nationally ranked program."
& World Report ranked the Martin School fifth
nationally in the category of public finance and budgeting
in the publication "Best Graduate Schools 2002,"
positioned between Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities.
The school's master of health administration program
was ranked 35th. Overall, the school ranked 31st among
some 250 public and private schools of its type. Among
public institutions alone, the school ranked 18th
Toma, Martin School director, attributes the high
rankings to the addition of an endowed chair in public
finance, faculty members' successful
participation as officers of prominent national organizations,
and the achievements of Martin
School graduates, many of whom hold leading jobs as
city and state finance officers, city planners, health-service
executives, and other high-level positions in the
public and non-profit sector in Kentucky and across
that come with a degree from the Martin School include
the understanding of enormous and highly bureaucratic
organizations, comfort in managing huge and complex
budgets, and the skill to bring competing interest
groups to the table.
of such a degree is expected to increase as tens of
thousands of baby boomers retire from their government
School offers the following degrees:
of Health Administration, which prepares candidates
to work in administrative and managerial positions
in all health care settings.
D./Master of Public Administration, which is the only
such program in the United States. This degree prepares
candidates who seek careers in state and federal regulatory
and administrative agencies, the pharmaceutical industry,
managed care organizations, and the academic field.
of Public Administration, which prepares students
for a career in public or nonprofit managerial positions.