The Public Administration
MPA Dual Degree track in the Public Affairs PhD program consists of 84 credit
hours, including 63 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours of
electives approved by the student's faculty adviser or program director, and 15
credit hours of dissertation. For required courses, students first complete
seven core courses plus the capstone course for the MPA program (24 credit
hours), and then take four Public Affairs substantive core
courses and six Public Affairs methodological and statistical core courses for
the PhD program (30 credit hours), plus three courses (9 credit hours) from the
Public Administration track in the PhD program.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
required to take a statistical assessment the summer semester prior to their
commencing the PhD course work. This assessment will be used to determine a
student's statistical knowledge and competency. Students that receive a passing
score will be exempt from taking a 6000-level statistics course. Those students
requiring the 6000-level course will meet with the Track Coordinator to
determine which course will meet the requirement. Students are required to
complete and pass the course prior to registering in PAF 7804 Quantitative I:
Multivariate Analysis. The 6000-level course credit hours may be included in the
student's program of study as an elective.
A maximum of 6 credit
hours of Independent Study may be used as electives with adviser’s
A grade of "B-" or better is required in all courses
listed under the MPA requirement and Public Affairs requirements. Students receiving a grade below a "B-" in the Substantive Core or Methodological Core must repeat the course and receive an
acceptable grade prior to taking the Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam. Any student who receives
more than one grade of "C" in their doctoral course work may be dismissed from the
A minimum of 3.0 graduate status GPA and program of study
GPA is required to maintain graduate student status and for graduation.
Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be dismissed from the program.
student who receives an "F" grade in their master's level or doctoral course work will be
dismissed from the program.
Required Courses—63 Credit Hours
Required Courses for MPA—24 Credit Hours
In addition to the
following required courses, the MPA degree will include 6 credit hours of
advanced research methods and quantitative methods in Public Affairs and 12
credit hours of electives that are incorporated into the prescribed PhD
- PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy Process (3
- PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process (3 credit
- PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6335 Strategic
Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6417 Human Resource
Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and
Applications in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
Courses for PhD—39 Credit Hours
Public Affairs Substantive Core—9
- PAF 7000 Foundations in Public Affairs (3 credit
- PAF 7230 Strategic Change and Management for
Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7317 Social Inquiry
and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
Statistical Core—18 Credit Hours
- PAF 7802 Advanced Research
Methodology for Public Affairs I (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7804 Advanced Statistics for Public Affairs I: Multivariate Analysis (3 credit
- PAF 7805 Advanced Statistics for Public Affairs
II: Survey of Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7820 Qualitative Methods for Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7325 Policy and Program Evaluation for Public Affairs (3 credit
Advanced Methodology (Select one course):
- PAF 7868 Advanced Statistics for Public Affairs
III: Continued Survey of Statistical Methods (3 credit
- PAF 7856 Applications of Structural Equation
Modeling in Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
methodological or statistical course (3 credit hours)
Practicum—3 Credit Hours
At the end of the required coursework,
students will take the Practicum in Community-Based Research course (PAF 7XXX).
Led by a professor, the practicum provides the student with the opportunity to
work within an interdisciplinary team to use their substantive learning and
apply their methodological and statistical tools to a real community problem.
This experiential learning brings the student out to the community while
bringing the community into the university.
Students take the following three courses:
- PAD 7026 Advanced Seminar in Public Administration (3 credit
- PAD 7057 Advanced Public Management (3 credit
- PAD 7827 Collaborative Public Management (3 credit
Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours
required elective courses (3 credit hours each) offered within the dual
degree provide an emphasis on public and nonprofit management; however, other
emphases may be developed in consultation with the adviser. With prior approval
from the Program Director, up to 6 credit hours of elective course work may be
taken from outside the department. Students must show that elective courses
taken outside of the department directly support an academic or professional
career in public administration.
Students take two of the following
- PAD 7317 Program Design and Management (3 credit
- PAD 7707 Advanced Research in Public Administration (3 credit
- Methodological elective approved by adviser (3 credit
- Directed independent study (3 credit hours)
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
- PAF 7980 Dissertation
Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam
Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are required to take a Research Proficiency Exam (RPE) and Qualifying Exam (QE). The Research Proficiency Exam will be taken after the successful completion of the Methodological Core courses. Following successful completion of all PAF core courses (not including Track Specialization courses or the Practicum), students are required to pass a Qualifying Exam. The exam is given following finals in the fall or spring semesters.
Students are given two opportunities to pass the RPE and the QE. Students who fail any section twice are dismissed from the program. Any student who fails any the RPE twice or the QE twice will not be readmitted into the PAF program. This policy includes all tracks and/or any masters to PhD program(s) within the PAF program. Please refer to the student handbook for further information.
Students officially enter candidacy when the following has been
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation
completion of the Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed and has been
approved by the PAF Program Director and the College of Graduate Studies. Members of the committee are to be
approved graduate faculty or graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an approved graduate
program of study.
- Submission of dissertation prospectus to turn-it-in.com.
Subsequent results to be within acceptable rating.
- Successful defense of the
- All approved documentation has been received by the PAF
and Graduate offices.
Additional Program Requirements
Students initially admitted to the MPA/PhD dual degree program who
subsequently decide they only want to receive the MPA degree may have all
applicable courses completed as part of the two degree programs applied to the
MPA degree program without being counted as transfer courses.
Full-time students in the Public Affairs PhD Program pay a $40 equipment fee
each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $20 per
Independent LearningIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects, such as research scholarly papers and the dissertation contribute to the self development of MPA/PhD students.