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Public Administration

Are you a busy, public professional?  Interested in improving your leadership abilities? Looking to better understand human resources, budgets, and finance? Improve your performance and career opportunities with a Master's in Public Administration!

Why a Master's in Public Administration? A degree or classes in public administration develops the skills and techniques required by public leaders and managers. The Master's of Public Administration degree at UAS is perfect for working professionals that seek training to improve their work performance and advance in their career. E-Learning classes are offered online in the evening to better fit the working student's schedule.


Students with their Master of Public Administration degree work in varied public sector departments and fields.  You’ll find our graduates working across Alaska as school principals, state troopers, public radio program directors, city managers, and executive directors.

Want to learn more? Check out our programs and classes below, request more information, or even apply for admission today!

Public Administration Program Sheet



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Master's of Public Administration

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Candidates for the Master of Public Administration degree must satisfy all University graduate degree requirements in this catalog as well as the specific program requirements in this section. A minimum of 36 approved credits is required for the degree, in addition to evidence of practical experience in public or nonprofit administration.

In order to permit students to pursue individual interests, a limited substitution of required courses is possible. Course substitutions must be approved by the student's advisor and the program dean. The student's approved program of study is reflected in the Application for Advancement to Candidacy.

Minimum Credit Hours36
Major Requirements24
PADMS601Introduction to Public Administration3
PADMS604Research Methods in Administration3
PADMS610Organization Theory and Behavior3
PADMS618Law for Public Managers3
PADMS625Economics and Public Policy3
PADMS628Public Financial Management3
PADMS624Human Resources Administration3
PADMS688Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement3
PADMS690Public Administration Capstone*3
______Advisor-approved electives9

*To qualify for graduation from the M.P.A. program, students must complete the Capstone course with a grade of B or higher.

Master of Public Administration Concentrations
M.P.A. students have the option to use their electives to establish a concentration in Natural Resource Policy or Rural Development.
Concentration in Rural Development
The Rural Development concentration has a special focus on needs of indigenous and other rural communities, including management of tribal governments, community organizations, and indigenous-controlled profit and non-profit corporations. Coursework for this concentration is offered by e-Learning technologies through the Rural Development program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Concentration Requirements9
RDF601Political Economy of the Circumpolar North3
RDF651Management Strategies for Rural Development3
______Advisor-approved course*3
*To be selected in consultation with the UAF Rural Development Advisor and MPA Program Director.
Concentration in Natural Resource Policy
The Natural Resource Policy concentration addresses the need and strong demand for professional management training in Alaskan natural resources and environmental management issues. Alaska with it abundance of natural resources and concomitant management issues are uniquely Alaskan as addressed in the State Constitution need unique management solutions which this concentration provides. This program also supports and builds upon UAS’s strong undergraduate natural science and in particular the Environmental Studies program.
Concentration Requirements9
Select three from the following (9 credits):
PADMS635Natural Resource Policy3
PADMS637Local and Global Sustainability3
PADMS638Sustainable Energy and Environment3
PADMS639Adaptive Management3
___S___Advisor-approved course3

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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PADM Classes: Summer - 2015


Introduction to the field of public administration, dealing with the scope, nature, history, current context, and basic tools in the study of public administration. Topics include the social, economic, and political environments of public administration, bureaucratic politics, power and authority, law, ethics, basic models, and comparative administration. This gateway course for the MPA program provides an introduction to graduate studies, library research skills, and a focus on written and oral communication skills.

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51690JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Legal guidelines for adoption, implementation, and adjudication of public agency regulations at federal, state, and local levels. Legislative, executive, and judicial controls on agencies, and the political environment of regulatory action.

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52127JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Survey of human resource management issues in the public sector, including recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, training and development, discipline and dispute resolution, collective bargaining, performance evaluation, and risk management. Addresses law and practice of current issues such as affirmative action, discrimination, sexual harassment, disabilities, family medical leave, and pay equity.

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52400JD1
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Engaging Citizens in public discourse is at the heart of democratic systems in both the United States and Canada. A meaningful understanding of the values and needs of the citizens is necessary for public officials and civil servants in the design, implementation and evaluation phases of public policy that is intended to meet the public interest. This class will examine various emerging models that can be implemented to facilitate meaningful dialog between citizens, elected officials and public servants. Students will research and analyze various models that help to address complex community issues and wicked problems in the environment. Students will compile an inventory of various approaches that will be intended to serve as a guide for public administrators in Northern Communities in their pursuit to connect citizens to meaningful public policy implementation.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51702JD1
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Explores ethical issues in public administration through an examination of the philosophical foundations of Western ethics, and professional codes of ethics. Through exploration of contemporary case studies in ethical issues such as outside employment or economic interests, gift-giving, and nepotism, students will gain an understanding of the application and impact of practical ethics in administrative decision-making and will be able to identify primary sources of ethical theory, apply appropriate theory to specific ethical problems, and to differentiate between facts, influences and assumptions in reaching their conclusions.

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52401JD3Peggy Weaver
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Provides an understanding of the principles of leadership theory, and investigates the applicability in the field of public administration, as well as understanding of leadership ability and skills and how they apply to individual practice as a public administrator. Through case study analysis, students will acquire insight on such critical leadership tasks as facilitating collaboration, leading through change, establishing a vision, and empowering others.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register.

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52626JD4Cathy Lecompte
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and audio. .Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information, and edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Current local economic development practices suggest that the best way to develop sustainable new business opportunities requires the combined efforts of multiple agencies and stakeholders. This approach has its challenges, however, particularly as the diverse interests and agendas of these agents combine and collide in unforeseen ways. This course will address these issues in the context of: diversity as a topic of economic development, local economic development vs. community economic development vs. economic development, the evolution from top-down to locally-driven economic development approaches, the key agencies in local economic development, the challenges facing economic development in the north, conflict and collaboration in economic development; and will incorporate case studies for analysis.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52128JD2
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Final course in the MPA curriculum. Students review, synthesize and apply concepts and methods learned during the degree program to the evaluation of a public or nonprofit organization. Intended as a program review and assessment tool.

Prerequisite: Completion of all other MPA requirements.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51698JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTWEB
5/18 - 8/8
DISTELIVE
5/18 - 8/8

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. The course will have individual web meeting sessions to be arranged with the instructor. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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