Department of Public Administration - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Graduate Program

TAMUCC Master's in Public Administration


CORE COURSES


To receive the Master's in Public Administration degree at TAMU-CC students must successfully complete 36 graduate credit hours. These include a 21-hour core requirement taken by all students, and 15 hours of course work in one of three program tracks. Each of these components is outlined below.

PADM 5301 Theory and Practice of Public Administration
PADM 5302 Policy Making and Public Administration
PADM 5304 Human Resources Management
PADM 5305 Public Budgeting and Finance
PADM 5310 Public Organizations
PADM 5311 Research Methods in Public Administration
PADM 5365 Seminar in Public Administration - Capstone

PROGRAM TRACKS

The Master of Public Administration degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate academic course work. All MPA students are required to complete 7 core courses (21 semester hours).


• PADM 5301 - Theory and Practice of Public Administration (offered in fall and spring)
• PADM 5302 - Policy Making and Public Administration (offered in fall and spring)
• PADM 5304 - Human Resource Management (offered in spring)
• PADM 5305 - Public Budgeting and Finance (offered in spring)
• PADM 5310 - Public Organizations (offered in fall)
• PADM 5311 - Research Methods in Public Administration (offered in fall)
• PADM 5365 - Seminar in Public Administration-Capstone (offered in fall and spring)


Currently, the MPA program offers 3 tracks of study. For each track, an additional 15 hours of coursework is required.


Public Management Track

Students who choose this broad and general preparation will take, in addition to the core:


Five public management courses (15 sem. hrs.) selected from the following:


• PADM 5300 - U.S. Government institutions
• PADM 5303 - Administrative Ethics
• PADM 5306 - Public Sector Fiscal Management and Analysis
• PADM 5307 - Communications and Organizations
• PADM 5308 - Administrative Law
• PADM 5331 - Managing the Non-profit Organization
• PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation
• PADM 5360 - Strategic Planning
• PADM 5363 - Leadership in the Public Sector
• PADM 5370 - Seminar in Public Administration
• PADM 5396 - Individual Study
• PADM 5397 - Internship

Public Safety Track


Five public safety courses (15 sem. hrs.) selected from the following:


• CRIJ 5302 - Foundations of Criminal Justice
• CRIJ 5310 - Seminar in the Judicial Process
• CRIJ 5320 - Correctional Theory and Policy
• CRIJ 5330 - Seminar in Juvenile Justice
• CRIJ 5351 - Seminar in Criminal Justice Management
• CRIJ 5380 - Issues in Justice Administration
• PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation
• PADM 5380 - Homeland Security and Public Administration
• PADM 5381 - Modern Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
• PADM 5382 - Emergency Management and Disaster Planning
• PADM 5370 - Seminar in Public Administration
• CRIJ/PADM 5396 - Individual Study
• PADM 5397 - Internship
• COSC 5374 - Computer Forensics
• COSC 5376 - Network Security


Health Care Administration Track


Students in this track are required to take the following five courses (15 semester hours) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences:


• HCAD 5312 - The Health Care System
• HCAD 5320 - Health Economics and Policy
• HCAD 5325 - Health Care Financial Management
• HCAD 5330 - Health Law and Ethics
• HCAD 5390 - Health Care Selected Topics


PROFICIENCIES


Statistics: Students who have not successfully completed a college statistics course must do so in their first semester in the MPA program. Students lacking an undergraduate statistics course can meet this requirement through successful (B or better) completion of an approved course in statistics. See your adviser to determine an appropriate course to meet your needs. This basic statistics requirement is in addition to the 36 semester hour program of graduate courses leading to the MPA.

Writing Competency: Students must demonstrate a minimum writing ability suitable to graduate work early in their course work toward the MPA. Competency will be assessed through a brief composition test. Students judged deficient in writing skills can meet this requirement through successful (B or better) completion of an approved composition course. See your adviser to determine an appropriate course to meet your needs. This basic writing requirement is in addition to the 36 hour program of graduate courses leading to the MPA.


Computer Literacy: Students must provide evidence of computer literacy during their first semester in the MPA program. This can be done through evidence of successful (B or better) completion of a basic undergraduate computer skills courses, or through documentation of significant practical work experience with computer software packages. See your adviser to determine an appropriate course to meet your needs. This basic computer literacy requirement is in addition to the 36 hour program of graduate courses leading to the MPA.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS


Successful completion of the MPA degree involves the following conditions:


1. Completion of all 36 semester hours for graduation within a seven-year time period. The 36 semester hours must be those specified in an approved degree plan.
2. Completion of 24 of the required 36 semester hours in residence at this University. Only 12 semester hours may be transferred from accredited institutions. No grade of "C" or lower may be transferred. No correspondence courses may be transferred at the graduate level. Credit from a degree earned at another institution will not be applied to a second master's degree at TAMUCC.
3. The student must maintain a graduate grade point average of 3.0 in all courses in the approved MPA degree plan or accepted by approved waiver, and in all graduate work taken at this university. Students receiving more than two grades of "C" in their coursework will be terminated from the program.
4. The student is making satisfactory academic progress if courses identified on the degree plan are being completed and a grade point average of 3.0 is maintained. Satisfactory progress is also reflected by a return to a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for students who had been placed on scholastic probation.
5. Students should apply for graduation early in the term in which they intend to complete their final semester credits.
6. Successful completion of the capstone course, PADM 5365 - Seminar in Public Administration - Capstone, in the last term prior to graduation. All MPA core courses must have been completed before the capstone course is taken.