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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: Spring - 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.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37049JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 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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37051JD1Peggy Weaver
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 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.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37052JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39207JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

Survey of theory, practice, problems and politics of financial management in governmental units, revenue sources, budgetary planning and control, methods of debt financing, and intergovernmental relationships. Addresses federal, state, and local perspectives.

Prerequisite: PADM 625.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37054JD1Lindsey Doctorman
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39208JD2Lindsey Doctorman
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39989JD3Lindsey Doctorman
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

Examines the basic components and the process of adaptive management within a sustainability science framework. Course is built on the premise that managed social and ecological systems are complex and inherently unpredictable. Explores the concepts of adaptive management and case studies. Students will be asked to apply adaptive management strategies to an Alaskan or Canadian issue.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39634JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

In today’s complex higher education environment, there is an increased level of public and legislative scrutiny and input. Higher education leaders and managers must be able to gather and interpret the public agenda, translate it into strategy and policy in alignment with mission, and be equipped to oversee the activities that operationalize strategy and policy in support of organization and student success. This course will employ a case study approach to provide higher education leaders and managers the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret a public agenda and identify, develop, and operationalize strategy and policy that aligns with mission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39210JD1Cathy Lecompte
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

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, 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 textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

Examine the management and administration of local government with an emphasis on rural and non rural governance in Alaska. A practical perspective including the role and responsibilities of delivery of local services such as planning, public safety, financial management, will be explored. The nature and relationship between city manager, mayor, and elected leaders, integrating more recent innovative approaches such as resilient and sustainability concepts will also be discussed.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37060JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

Introduces students to the theories, concepts, and analytical tools used in the evaluation of public programs and policies. Examines conceptualization and practicality of measures that accurately evaluate performance. Explores the dynamics of evaluating program process and structure in a political environment.

Prerequisite: PADM S604

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37058JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail 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 call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39209JD2Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or instructor permission. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail 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 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
37059JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, 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 call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

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

 
 

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