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Public Administration

School of Business and Public Administration

Department of Public Administration

Bachelor of Science

Administrative Management Concentration Criminal Justice Administration Concentration Health Services Administration Concentration Public Financial Management Concentration Public Personnel Administration Concentration

Minor

Master of Public Administration Faculty

Foraker U. Smith, Department Chair

Justine Bell Waters, MPA Program Coordinator

Mary Auth, Iris Baxter, Robin Marshall Bittick, David J. Karber, Clarence Augustus Martin, Jeff Smith

Department Office: SBS D-311, (310) 243-3444

Emeritus Faculty

Gary Colboth

Features

Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration is designed to provide professional preparation for administrative or managerial positions in public service organizations The degree program requires: 1) completion of a set of core courses common to all public administration students; 2) a concentration and 3) two additional courses for breadth. The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration Degree is a single-field major, which means that students are not required to complete a minor for graduation.

The Minor in Public Administration is designed to provide a basic foundation in public management. The minor is especially appropriate for students who major in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. It is an attractive option to students with majors in fields that lead to public sector employment, like recreation or health science.

In addition to full-time faculty, the department has part- time faculty who are practicing public managers in their areas of specialization. Several of the full-time faculty also have lengthy careers as public managers.

To compliment the traditional classroom instruction, the Depart- ment of Public Administration offers a number of activities that enhance the total educational experience of students. The Depart- ment sponsors speakers and professional symposia. The faculty also sponsors the Dominguez Public Administration Association (DPAA), a student club open to all public administration students, and Pi Alpha Alpha, a national honor society for outstanding Public Administration students.

Graduate

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is designed to provide quality professional education for persons entering or working in public service professions. The MPA program prepares students for careers as professional managers of public sector or nonprofit organizations, as well as for research, consulting, and teaching careers. The MPA curriculum provides a theoretical foundation for the practice of public management.

MPA courses are only offered in the evenings. After meeting prerequisite requirements, students can finish all other program requirements in two and a half academic years if they complete two courses per semester and two summer courses. The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs/Administration (NASPAA), the professional association responsible for evaluating the quality of MPA degree programs.

NASPAA is located at 1120 G. Street, N.W., Ste. 520, Washington, DC 20005.

Academic Advisement

Undergraduate

One strength of the Department of Public Administration is the quality of its student advisement. Each student is assigned a permanent advisor, depending on the student’s area of interest within the field of public administration. These advisors assist students in designing a program of study and provide professional career guidance. Students are strongly urged to meet with their advisors before registration each semester.

Graduate

All MPA students receive general coursework advising from the MPA program coordinator before registration each semester. The MPA program coordinator may refer students to other faculty to provide specialized professional advising.

Preparation

Undergraduate

High school students should take college preparatory courses in the social and natural sciences, English and mathematics.

Students taking their first two years of study at a community college are advised to complete lower division general education requirements.

Graduate

While completing their undergraduate degrees, future MPA students should, if possible, complete a basic statistics course, a computer applications course, and three or more undergraduate public administration courses.

Career Possibilities

Undergraduate

The job opportunities for students in public administration are as diverse as the range of services provided by governments in the United States. Students may also be employed in fields such as law enforcement, human services, education and transportation.

In addition, the program provides employment preparation for:

nonprofit organizations, utility companies, and some private firms and hospitals. The degree also provides a strong base for those pursuing a career in law.

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Graduate

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree provides students with the educational background and professional compe- tencies needed to secure upper level administrative/managerial positions in a variety of public sector and nonprofit organizations, or in firms with close ties to governments, such

as utilities or defense contractors.

The majority of MPA students at Dominguez Hills are already employed by public agencies when they begin their graduate education and use their Master’s degrees for professional advance- ment within their organizations. Other students with little or no work experience, or those with no managerial experience, use the MPA degree to obtain entry-level administrative or management positions. Students also use the MPA degree as preparation for doctoral study and careers in teaching and research.

Graduation with Honors

A student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Public Administration by meeting the following criteria:

1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3. Recommendation by the Public Administration faculty.

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of 132 units.

General Education Requirements (54-60 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

United States History, Constitution and American Ideals Requirement (6 units)

See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals"

requirements in the University Catalog. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (48 units)

Students must select one of the concentrations listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Common Core Requirements (36 units) A. Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)

CIS 270. Introduction to Computers & Data Processing (3) MAT 105. Finite Mathematics (3)

B. Upper Division Required Courses (24 units)

ENG 352. Writing and Speaking Skills for Management (3) PUB 300. Foundations of Public Administration (3) PUB 301. Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3) PUB 302. Administration of Financial Resources (3) PUB 303. Public Personnel Administration (3) PUB 304. Administration of Public Policy (3)

PUB 305. Applied Statistics in Public Administration (3) PUB 490. Senior Seminar in Public Administration (3) C. Electives (6 units): Select a total of two courses from the

following choices:

POL 310. Current Issues in American Government (3) POL 354. American Political Thought (3)

PUB XXX. (See explanation below)*

PUB XXX. (See explanation below)*

PUB 496. Internship Practicum (3)

Enrollment in PUB 496 requires the consent of the department chair.

SOC 315. Sociology of Work (3)

THE 320. Speech Skills and Techniques (3)

*Any Public Administration course not used to satisfy other core or concentration requirements.

Each student must select one of the concentrations listed below:

Administrative Management Concentration (12 units)

A. Select three courses from the following (9 units):

PUB 314. Compensation, Staffing, and Appraisal (3) PUB 315. Labor-Management Relations in Government (3) PUB 324. Analytic Decision-Making (3)

PUB 423. Administrative Law (3)

PUB 426. Intergovernmental Relations and Grant-Writing (3) PUB 434. Administrative Planning (3)

B. Select one additional course from the above list or from the following (3 units):

COM 300. Organizational Communications (3) COM 365. Introduction to Public Relations (3) PSY 372. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3) PUB 330. Urban Administration (3)

PUB 371. Health Services Administration and Public Policy Development (3) SOC 315. Sociology of Work (3)

THE 320. Speech Skills and Techniques (3)

Criminal Justice Administration Concentration (12 units)

A. Required Courses (9 units)

PUB 340. Criminal Justice and the Community (3) PUB 342. Legal Foundations of Justice Administration (3) PUB 423. Administrative Law (3)

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B. Select one additional course from the following (3 units):

PUB 315. Labor-Management Relations in Government (3) PUB 324. Analytic Decision-Making (3)

PUB 330. Urban Administration (3) PUB 434. Administrative Planning (3) SOC 369. Juvenile Delinquency (3) SOC 364. Corrections (3)

SOC 368. Criminology (3)

POL 360. American Constitutional Law:

Distribution of Power (3)

Health Services Administration Concentration (12 units)

A. Required Courses (6 units):

PUB 371. Health Services Administration and Public Policy Development (3) PUB 373. Health Policy (3)

B. Select two additional courses from the following (6 units):

PUB 314. Compensation, Staffing, and Appraisal (3) PUB 315. Labor-Management Relations in Government (3) PUB 423. Administrative Law (3)

PUB 434. Administrative Planning (3) ECO 384. Economics of Health (3) [I]

HSC 201. Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3) HEA 472. Survey of Health Care Finance (3)

Public Financial Management Concentration (12 units)

A. Required Courses (9 units) ACC 230. Financial Accounting (3) ACC 231. Managerial Accounting (3)

PUB 426. Intergovernmental Relations and Grant-Writing (3) B. Select one additional course from the following (3 units):

ACC 431. Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting (3) ECO 327. Public Finance (3)

PUB 324. Analytic Decision-Making (3) PUB 434. Administrative Planning (3)

Public Personnel Administration Concentration (12 units)

A. Required Courses (6 units)

PUB 314. Compensation, Staffing and Appraisal (3) PUB 315. Labor-Management Relations in Government (3) B. Select two additional courses from the following (6 units):

COM 300. Organizational Communication (3) PUB 324. Analytic Decision-Making (3) PUB 330. Urban Administration (3) PUB 371. Health Services Administration

and Public Policy Development (3) PUB 423. Administrative Law (3)

PUB 434. Administrative Planning (3) SOC 315. Sociology of Work (3)

Minor in Public Administration (15 units)

A. Required Courses (6 units)

PUB 300. Foundations of Public Administration (3) PUB 301. Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3) B. Electives (9 units): Students must complete three additional

courses in Public Administration, to be chosen with the assistance of an advisor.

Master of Public Administration (36 units)

Admission Requirements

The School of Business and Public Administration offers the MPA degree on-campus and on-line (Internet).

All applicants to the MPA Progra, on-campus and on-line) must follow all admission procedures outlined in the catalog section

“Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Procedures and Policies” dealing with admission

to graduate study.

Applicants will be considered for classified admission to the MPA program if they possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in their last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of upper division coursework (excluding extension courses), and meet all other University admission requirements. Students admitted with classified status who have no prior public administration related coursework or who have less than two years public agency administrative experi- ence may be required to enroll in one to three undergraduate prerequisite courses.

Applicants with grade point averages between 2.5 and 3.0 will be considered for admission on a conditional basis, provided they show evidence of potential to complete graduate coursework. Students admitted on a conditional basis, regardless of academic or profes- sional background in public administration, will be required to complete from one to five undergraduate prerequisite courses with no grade lower than B, satisfy the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), and complete the statistics requirement before being considered for classified status and being approved for graduate level courses. If such students do not meet the above requirements, they will be disqualified from the program.

Program Requirements

In order to receive an MPA degree, the following is required:

1. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement;

2. Completion of a minimum of 36 semester units

(27 core course units and 9 approved elective course units);

3. A grade point average of 3.00 or better for all coursework used to satisfy degree requirements;

4. A grade of "C” or better in all courses taken for the degree;

5. Satisfactory completion of the Capstone course (PUB 592) or an Honors Thesis (PUB 599);

6. Completion of all program requirements within five years from date of admission to classified or conditionally classified status and maintenance of Continuing Student Status.

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B. Core Curriculum (27 units)

Core courses are designed to give a thorough background in each of the major areas of Public Administration.

PUB 500. Environment and Practice of Public Administration (3) PUB 501. Principles of Public Management (3) PUB 502. Administrative Theory and Behavior (3)

PUB 504. Quantitative Methods in Public Administration (3) PUB 506. Administration and Public Policy Analysis (3) PUB 508. Seminar: Public Personnel and Labor Relations (3) PUB 510. Seminar: Public Financial Management (3) PUB 512. Foundations of Ethical Administration (3) PUB 592. Capstone: Integrative Seminar in Public

Administration (3) or PUB 599. Honors Thesis (3) C. Electives (9 units)

Elective course requirements are designed to encourage the development of individualized programs of study. Students may use elective courses to pursue a specialized focus in public administration or to strengthen general public managerial competencies. Elective courses will be selected on a case-by-case basis with the assistance of the MPA Program Coordinator.

1. Allowable 400-level electives

PUB 423. Administrative Law (3)

PUB 426. Intergovernmental Relations and Grant- Writing (3)

PUB 434. Administrative Planning (3) 2. Graduate Electives

PUB 521. Seminar: Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations (3)

PUB 525. Seminar: Human Resources Management (3) PUB 594. Independent Study (3)

PUB 595. Special Topics in Public Administration (3) PUB 596. Internship Seminar and Practicum (3)

D. Master’s Requirement

In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master’s degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled “Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies."

Admission Procedures

1. Submit an application for admission for graduate study to the University in accordance with procedures outlined in the

“Graduate Application Procedures” section of the University Catalog.

2. Submit two official transcripts from the institution at which the baccalaureate degree was earned and any other institution(s) at which the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units were completed to the Admissions Office in accordance with the procedures outlined in the “Graduate Transcript Requirements” section of the University Catalog.

3. Send the following documents directly to the Department of Public Administration, MPA Program Coordinator.

a. A one-to-two page typewritten personal statement that describes the applicant’s professional accomplishments and goals and explains how a MPA degree would help reach those goals. The personal statement will be used to evaluate the applicant’s critical thinking and writing skills and to assess the appropriateness of a MPA degree to the achieve- ment of the stated goals.

b. A current resumé. The resumé will be used to evaluate the applicant’s academic background and professional experi- ence.

4. In addition to the above described documents, applicants requesting consideration for Conditional Admission (see description above) are required to:

a. Submit two letters of recommendation that provide an assessment of the applicant’s academic abilities and potential for success in a graduate program, (letters from prior instructors are preferred but letters from work supervisors are acceptable).

b. Attend an interview with the MPA Coordinator upon notification.

Degree Requirements

A. Prerequisites

An undergraduate statistics course and a computer applications course (or evidence of basic computing skills) are program requirements and should be met before admission or in the first semester in residence.

Satisfactory completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement should also be met in the first semester in residence and must be completed before enrollment in more than 9 units.

Students who have no prior public administration related coursework or who have had less than two years public agency administrative experience will be required to enroll in three of the following undergraduate courses:

PUB 300. Foundations of Public Administration (3) PUB 301. Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3) PUB 302. Administration of Financial Resources (3) PUB 303. Public Personnel Administration (3) PUB 304. Administration of Public Policy (3) MGT 310. Management Theory (3)

With approval of the MPA Coordinator, prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently with the graduate curriculum during the first semester of enrollment. Prerequisite courses carry no graduate credit.

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Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.

Departments may indicate the term in which they expect to offer the course by the use of: “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY”

(every other year).

Upper Division

PUB 300 Foundations of Public Admin- istration (3) FS.

Analysis of the role of public administration within the American political system and of the concordant functions and responsibili- ties of public sector administrators;

discussion of administrative ethics;

overview of public sector administrative and managerial processes.

PUB 301 Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3) FS.

Study of human behavior in organizational settings; examination of how managerial/

supervisory functions impact employee morale and productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. Primary areas of analysis include motivation, leadership, interpersonal and group dynamics, communication, and organizational power.

PUB 302 Administration of Financial Resources (3) FS.

Administrative and political considerations of fiscal policy, the budgetary process and fiscal controls, financial management and planning, government and the economy, intergovernmental fiscal relations and nature of grants-in-aid, alternate revenue sources, contemporary issues.

PUB 303 Public Personnel Administration (3) FS.

Study of policies, methods, and techniques in Public Personnel Administration;

government personnel systems; manpower management; values in public career systems; concepts of man and work;

motivation and morale; training; labor- management relations; contemporary issues.

PUB 304 Administration of Public Policy (3) FS.

Policy decisions and their implementation and evaluation, relationship of the branches of government and characteristics of bureaucracy.

PUB 305 Applied Statistics in Public Administration (3) FS.

Prerequisite: MAT 105, or MAT 131, or MAT 171, or equivalent.

Role and application of statistical analysis in public management; review of mathematics and statistical functions; use of statistics in planning and decision-making functions;

introduction to the uses and application of computer technology.

PUB 314 Compensation, Staffing, and Appraisal (3) S.

Prerequisite: PUB 303 or MGT 313.

Review of concepts, approaches and techniques used to develop compensation programs in public organizations. Empha- sis will be upon practices, legal require- ments and guidelines for these specialized areas of personnel management.

PUB 315 Labor-Management Relations in Government (3) FS.

Developments in public employee unioniza- tion, collective bargaining laws and strategies, bargaining as a technical and political process, strikes and impasse machineries, employee organizations and public policy, administrative implication of public service unionism.

PUB 324 Analytic Decision-Making (3) F.

Analytic and quantitative approaches to planning, evaluation, and decision-making;

rational decision-making process as analytic framework for comparing alternative public policies and actions; public sector applica- tions of selected quantitative methods, such as forecasting and cost-benefit analysis.

PUB 330 Urban Administration (3) F.

Structures and processes of administrative agencies in the urban setting, interagency relations, administration of urban public services, functions and problems of the urban public executive.

PUB 340 Criminal Justice and the Community (3) FS.

Political, cultural, and social environment of criminal justice administration; police community relations; accountability of criminal justice agencies to the political and legal order.

PUB 342 Legal Foundations of Justice Administration (3) FS.

Local, state, and federal judicial systems;

constitutional, judicial and legislative influences on the administration of justice.

PUB 371 Health Services Administration and Public PolicyDevelopment (3) F.

Basic administrative practices; concepts and theory of administration; role and responsibilities of management in planning, organizing, directing and controlling a health services program; examination of current policy issues; study of public policy formulation process; politics as a force of change.

PUB 373 Health Policy (3) S.

Prerequisite: PUB 371.

Examination of current issues, trends, and problems in health care, including public policy on the national, state and local community levels. Emphasis will be given to the changing nature of medical care delivery, the policy formation process, professional dominance, and new develop- ments in organizational forms.

PUB 423 Administrative Law (3) FS.

Role and nature of administrative law, procedural requirements and judicial review of administrative actions, safeguards against arbitrary action, delegation of legislative power, legal principles and trends in the development of public administration.

PUB 426 Intergovernmental Relations and Grant-Writing (3) FS Analysis of financial and administrative relationships between different levels of government and between the public, non- profit, and private sectors. Discussion of developments in grants-in-aid,

grantmanship strategies, grants manage- ment, resource development and evaluation.

Application of knowledge through a grant proposal writing project.

PUB 434 Administrative Planning (3) F.

A review of the techniques of administra- tive planning to include normative forecasting, planning and policy formation.

The future environment of government services to include demands and resources will be explored within the framework of systems analysis and policy sciences.

PUB 490 Senior Seminar in Public Administration (3) FS.

Prerequisite: Senior status.

Integrative course emphasizing application of administrative concepts and principles through use of case study analyses and simulation. Based upon student interest, course may be structured to address specific concentration areas. Three hours of seminar per week.

PUB 494 Independent Study (1-3) FS.

Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Independent investigation of a research problem or directed readings in a selected area of public administration. CR/NC grading.

PUB 495 Special Topics in

Public Administration (3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

An intensive study of an issue, concept or administrative technique that is of interest to both students and faculty of public administration.

PUB 496 Internship Practicum (3) FS.

Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Supervised internship in a public agency.

A written project related to the internship experience is required. CR/NC grading.

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Graduate

Graduate standing in the MPA Program or consent of the MPA Program Coordina- tor is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses.

PUB 500 Environment and Practice of Public Administration (3) FS.

History and development of the field of public administration, and the context of operations and the functions of manage- ment. The practice of management will focus on the political environment, management theory, planning, organiza- tional structure, resources, decision-making and policy analysis.

PUB 501 Principles of Public Management (3) FS.

This course is designed to provide an overview of the functioning and skill requirements of the contemporary public sector manager. The focus of the course will be on the management of programs and people in a public sector environment.

Emphasis will be given to the management responsibilities of planning, organizing and controlling. Three hours of seminar per week.

PUB 502 Administrative Theory and Behavior (3) FS.

Prerequisites: PUB 500 and PUB 501 are recommended.

Historical overview of Organizational Theory and Public Administrative Theory and analysis of the theoretical perspectives that have characterized these fields;

discussion of various theories, concepts, and models that can be used to analyze

organizations and to improve organizational effectiveness.

PUB 504 Quantitative Methods in Public Administration (3) FS.

Prerequisites: PUB 305 or undergraduate statistics is required; PUB 500 is recommended.

Quantitative methods used in decision- making with special emphasis on the public sector.

PUB 506 Administration and Public Policy Analysis (3) FS.

Prerequisite: PUB 500.

Application of analytical tools to the solution of public management problems, introduction to general models of policy analysis, integration of solutions into administrative processes in government;

policy studies cases.

PUB 508 Seminar: Public Personnel and Labor Relations (3) FS.

Prerequisite: PUB 500 is recommended.

Managing the human resources of a public agency with emphasis on selected activities of recruiting, staffing, evaluating, compen- sating, motivating and training the work force. Procedures and legal requirements for collective bargaining, affirmative action, and equal opportunity will be explored. Three hours of seminar per week.

PUB 510 Seminar: Public Financial Management (3) FS.

Prerequisite: PUB 500.

Examination of methods, processes and problems in the administration and budgeting of public revenues, revenue generation, forecasting, cost control, financial management cases. Three hours of seminar per week.

PUB 512 Foundations of Ethical Administration (3) FS Prerequisite: PUB 500 is recommended.

Examination of the foundations of ethical administration, including evaluation and application of ethical theories to public sector issues. Course provides opportuni- ties for students to think reflectively, recognize ethical problems, and gain skills to effectively deal with political and administrative problems.

PUB 521 Seminar: Individual and Group Behavior in Organiza- tions (3) S.

Prerequisites: Seminar PUB 502 is required;

PUB 500 is recommended.

Discussion of theories of human behavior related to work behavior; analysis of interpersonal and behavioral issues commonly encountered in organizational settings. Special emphasis is given to the application of theories, concepts, and techniques to actual public sector work situations. Three hours of seminar per week

PUB 525 Seminar: Human Resources Management (3) F.

Prerequisite: PUB 508 is recommended.

An examination and indepth review of selected topics in managing the human resources of an organization such as worker’s compensation, risk management, performance appraisal, classification, benefit packages, cutback management, and pension systems. Three hours of seminar per week.

PUB 592 Capstone: Integrative Seminar in Public Administration (3) F.

Prerequisite: Completion of MPA Core courses or consent of MPA coordinator.

Integrative course that emphasizes the interrelationships between the academic field of public administration and adminis- trative practice. Course includes case study analysis and individual and group integra- tive projects. Three hours of seminar per week. CR/NC grading.

PUB 594 Independent Study (1-3) FS.

Prerequisite: Consent of MPA program coordinator.

Independent investigation of a research problem or directed readings in a selected area of public administration. CR/NC grading.

PUB 595 Special Topics in Public Administration (3) EOY.

Prerequisite: Consent of MPA coordinator.

Intensive study of a specialized area of Public Administration (e.g., Urban Admin- istration, Criminal Justice Administration) or a selected topic in contemporary public management. Three hours of seminar per week.

PUB 596 Internship Practicum (3) FS.

Prerequisite: Consent of MPA program coordinator.

Supervised internship working with a cooperating government agency in a function germane to public administration.

Sessions are held to discuss and analyze the problems with which interns are concerned.

A written project related to the internship is required. CR/NC grading.

PUB 599 Honors Thesis (3) FS.

Prerequisites: Grade point average greater than 3.80 and consent of MPA program coordinator.

Thesis relating to public administration.

CR/NC grading.

PUB 600 Graduate

Continuation Course (0) FS.

Graduate students who have completed their coursework but not their thesis or comprehensive examination, or who have other requirements remaining for the completion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of the MPA coordinator required.

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