2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 9 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Master of Public Administration Degree Program
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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is designed to develop action-oriented problem-solving managers for the public sector, especially at the state and local levels of government. Students have the opportunity to develop the competencies required to execute the duties and responsibilities of public sector managers, including evaluation and supervision of employees, reinforcement of the organizational mission, and effective management of organizational resources.
The MPA degree program is intended to produce graduates as professionals in the public sector and the following program outcomes reflect this goal.
Program Outcome One: Communication
- Communicate the roles and limitations of government at any level and discipline appropriate to specific circumstances.
- Deliver oral, visual, or written presentations to educate or promote projects to diverse audiences.
Program Outcome Two: Analytical Problem Solving
- Gather information, discern gaps, develop, and evaluate possible solutions and alternatives regarding cultural, political, social, economic, legal, and ethical costs and benefits of public sector initiatives.
Program Outcome Three: Leadership and Motivation
- Engage in civil discourse to effect policy and policy changes to elicit collaboration among internal and external stakeholders.
- Motivate and inspire all internal and external stakeholders to perform in a manner consistent with the mission of the jurisdiction, agency, or entity.
Program Outcome Four: Tactical Management
- Execute duties and responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner for the accomplishment of the organizational mission.
Program Outcome Five: Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Establish, build, and sustain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders to achieve organizational goals.
- Exemplify and teach ethical values and behavior.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Business, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
- A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described blow. Additional requirements may apply.
- 2.7 GPA for the bachelor’s degree, or
- 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or
- Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor’s degree. Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 must enroll in W 5096 Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 38 weeks. Admission between 2.0 and 2.7 must be approved by the program chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student’s academic file.
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:Completed Application for Admission Form.
- Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.).
- If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
- If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all post secondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study.
Applications to Multiple Campuses
Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credits accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program.
Students enrolled in the MPA degree program are eligible for graduation when the following requirements are met:
- Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study
- A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) and a grade of “B-” or better in all courses
- Completion of these requirements within five years of matriculation into the program
- A completed Petition to Graduate Form submitted to campus administration
Students enrolled in the MPA degree program are required to satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours distributed as follows: core course requirements, 24 credit hours; concentration requirements, 12 credit hours.