Overview

The MPA/MS in Political Science joint degree empowers you to navigate across private, government, and nonprofit sectors to influence positive change in your organization and community.

This program combines rigorous academics with a hands-on approach to public service. You can customize your degree by specializing in professional politics or international relations.

To apply for this program, you must meet the admissions requirements for both the MPA and MS in Political Science programs.

Public Administration/Political Science Joint Degree

Degree Requirements: 18 courses, 54 credits 

MPA Requirements (8 courses, 24 credits)

  • P.AD-711 Foundations of Public Service and Administration

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This introductory graduate-level course provides an overview of public administration and service and serves as a basis for further advanced studies in the MPA program. This course covers the structure, functions, and process of public service organizations at various levels, including governments and nonprofit organizations. Students explore historical trends, ethical considerations, and political rationale for the present operations of public service.

  • P.AD-713 Managing Financial Resources

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the fundamentals of budgeting, financial management, and revenue systems. Course goals include: A heightened awareness of the democratic ideals and values that must inform budgeting and financial management decisions, including a commitment to ethics, transparency and accountability; an understanding of the budget process and the distinctive features of budgetary decisions making; an understanding of the critical linkage between budgeting and financial management systems and the capacity of an organization to achieve its strategic goals; the ability to use the budget and financial reports as planning and management tools; knowledge of the basic principles of taxation as well as the structures and functions of federal, state, and local revenue systems. The course emphasizes knowledge and skills essential to the full range of public service careers.

  • P.AD-715 Quantitative Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    PAD 712

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Pre-requisite: PAD 712 Quantitative analysis introduces basic statistical techniques used to analyze and draw conclusions from citizen and client surveys; program and policy evaluations; and performance and operations data. These techniques include chi square, lambda, gamma, correlations, and analysis of variance, t test correlations, and multivariate regression. Knowledge of these statistical techniques empowers managers by giving them the ability to evaluate the work of consultants, access the policy and management of literature, and analyze data using the analytical tools available in commonly uses statistical software, such as Microsoft Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

  • P.AD-716 Public Service Human Resource Management

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will explore complex issues in public and non-profit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

  • P.AD-717 Organizational Change

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students explore small groups and organization operations, practices, behaviors, and structures. They develop techniques for maximizing efficiency and/or effectiveness; evaluations analysis; concepts and applications of Classicists; leadership; organizational development, and result-oriented management; as well as elements of reorganization, innovation and change.

  • P.AD-718 Leadership Strategies for an Interconnected World

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Leadership is a critical ingredient of successful communities and organizations. This course develops a diagnostic framework as well as strategies and tactics to mobilized adaptive work, engage multiple government, no-profit, and business stakeholders, and build awareness and momentum for actions at all levels of government and community and in one's organization. It introduces the catalytic model of leadership and applies it to the ethical handling of societal and organizational problems. Students' leadership competencies are reviewed and improved. This course is designed for people from diverse backgrounds with varied experienced in the leadership role.

  • P.AD-810 Public Sector Admin Law

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students review the basis for administrative practice. They learn legal interpretation of statutes, regulations, and proposed legislation that impact public administration and public policy.

  • P.AD-890 Strategic Management

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to students that have completed 30 credits.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Prerequisite: Students must have completed 30 credit hours. Students will integrate the substance of previous courses in order to develop a capacity for strategic management based on a personal perspective of the role of the professional manager in the policy making process. This holistic perspective is expressed in an extensive research paper that describes the leadership role of the professional manager and defines a basis for ethical action. The course features the review of research articles, the discussion of case studies, and a consideration of future trends in public and non-profit management.

    Type:

    MBA Public Management

Students must take GVT-776, GVT-777 or GVT-778 prior to taking P.AD-715.

MPA Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)

Select any 2 P.AD 800- or 900-level elective courses

Students must complete 30 credit hours in the Institute for Public Service; P.AD and GVT electives are not interchangeable.

Students with no professional public management experience must take P.AD-859 Public Service Internship (this will count as an elective). Students who take GVT-723 do not need to take P.AD-859 and can take an additional MPA elective.

Students should meet with their faculty advisor in both programs when determining their program.

MS in Political Science Requirements (5 courses, 15 credits)

Choose 5 Political Science/Government courses.

Professional Politics Track

  • GVT-723 Graduate Internship

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This internship option is recommended for students seeking careers in professional politics or international relations. Typically, an internship will involve supervised work at a professional level in a political campaign, on a legislative staff, in an international non-governmental organization, or in a legislative relations for a governmental agency or private organization. Internship placement must be approved by the student's advisor, and will typically require at least 20 hours of work per week for the duration of a semester and the completion of a research paper based on the internship experience. The research paper must be approved by a departmental committee.

  • GVT-747 Seminar in Legislation & Lobbying

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on legislative politics and organization, including committees, interest groups and lobbying, legislative voting and decision making, and other topics. Students will conduct their own research and present it to the seminar. Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only; at least one previous course in legislatures or interest groups, or consent of the instructor.

  • GVT-755 Seminar Campaigns & Elections

    Prerequisites:

    At least one course in elections, voting behavior, or political parties.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, and political parties, and will conduct their own research and present it to the seminar.

  • GVT-772 Ethical Issues in Professional Politics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. The purpose of campaigns is to win, while the purpose of elections is to maintain democracy. This course will focus on the tension between these two goals, on the assumption that a healthy democracy needs a well-developed ethical sense among political professionals. The course will combine consideration of fundamental ethical principles with class discussion of hard cases. Each student will be asked to study a case and present it to the class.

  • GVT-777 Advanced Research Methods in Political Science

    Prerequisites:

    Open to graduate students only;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core course for the MS in Political Science, Professional Politics and International Relations Tracks. The aim of this course is to give students the ability to conduct their own research and to understand and use the research of others, with an emphasis on topics relevant to professional politics, public policy, and international relations. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be covered, including comparative case studies, archival research, field work and interviews, and multivariate analysis.

     

      International Relations Track

      • GVT-723 Graduate Internship

        Credits:

        3.00

        Description:

        This internship option is recommended for students seeking careers in professional politics or international relations. Typically, an internship will involve supervised work at a professional level in a political campaign, on a legislative staff, in an international non-governmental organization, or in a legislative relations for a governmental agency or private organization. Internship placement must be approved by the student's advisor, and will typically require at least 20 hours of work per week for the duration of a semester and the completion of a research paper based on the internship experience. The research paper must be approved by a departmental committee.

      • GVT-761 Seminar: International Relations Theory

        Prerequisites:

        OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

        Credits:

        3.00

        Description:

        Core course for the concentration in North American Politics. This course will examine the key concepts of an approaches to world politics. Special attention will be given the application of these concepts and approaches to the relations among the nation-states of North America.

      • GVT-763 International Political Economy

        Credits:

        3.00

        Description:

        This course introduces students to the study of international political economy (IPE). It addresses the interactive relationship between politics and economics in the historical and contemporary international system by exploring the effect of political factors on international economic relations as well as the impact of economic factors on domestic and international politics.

      • GVT-765 Seminar on Contemporary International Relations

        Credits:

        3.00

        Description:

        This course will focus on three main areas: a) United Nations and NGOs; b) Current Relevant Issues, and c) Regions, examining current issues and debates in each area. The courses is team-taught by full-time faculty specializing in each area.

      • GVT-777 Advanced Research Methods in Political Science

        Prerequisites:

        Open to graduate students only;

        Credits:

        3.00

        Description:

        Core course for the MS in Political Science, Professional Politics and International Relations Tracks. The aim of this course is to give students the ability to conduct their own research and to understand and use the research of others, with an emphasis on topics relevant to professional politics, public policy, and international relations. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be covered, including comparative case studies, archival research, field work and interviews, and multivariate analysis.

         

          Political Science/Government Electives (3 courses, 9 credits)

          Choose any 3 Government courses.