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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 (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours36
Major Requirements27
Concentration Requirements9

Major Requirements

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

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 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.

Select three from the following (9 credits):

PADMS635Natural Resource Policy3
PADMS637Local and Global Sustainability3
PADMS638Sustainable Energy and Environment3
PADMS639Adaptive Management3
___S___Advisor-approved course3

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.

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 M.P.A. Program Director.

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: Fall - 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
77311JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces basic quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research as applied to policy and administrative problems. Addresses research design, data collection and analysis methods, interpretation and evaluation of published research.

Prerequisite: Introductory Statistics course within the past 5 years, or passing score on a UAS PADM statistics test.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77312JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77313JD2Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Presents organization theory and builds practical management skills. Develops a working understanding of how organizational structure and environment relate to the success of an organization, and improves skills critical to leading, managing, and working in an organization, including leadership, individual and group decision-making, personal and group communication, motivation and fostering creativity, and conflict resolution.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77314JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials prior to class. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77315JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials prior to class. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Examines economics both as a determinant of public policy and as a tool of public administration. Topics include how markets allocate resources, the role of government in a market economy, market failures and responses, problems of efficiency vs. equity, and application of microeconomic tools to analysis of Alaska and national policy issues.

Prerequisite: Microeconomics or macroeconomics course within the past 5 years, or passing score on a UAS PADM economics test.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77316JD1Aaron Smith-Walter
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77317JD2Aaron Smith-Walter
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Analyzes the essentials of public policy, including the policy-making process, institutions and players, historic and current issues and trends, and the relationship of policy to administration. The focus is on natural resource policy (e.g. timber, wildlife, water, recreation) with attention to modern environmental issues (e.g. air and water quality, waste, acid rain, biodiversity). Special attention is given to issues relevant to Alaska.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79232JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. 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 books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

The roles and responsibilities of city managers have changed to include; community building, adherence to the council-manager plan, more process orientation, and are increasingly expected to facilitate community participation. This course examines the responsibilities and practices of city managers in facilitating community and enabling democracy. City managers in rural and non-rural communities in Alaska and the Yukon will be examined. Recent survey data and guest speakers will be used to to inform class material and discussion.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77321JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. 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: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

The main objective of the course is for students to acquire an understanding of the sources of administrative law and fundamental administrative law principles of Canada.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77320JD1Debra O'Gara
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. 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: $1320 (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
77322JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTWEB
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook, Elluminate, and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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