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The mission of Jacksonville State University’s MPA Program is to provide a diverse student population with the knowledge and core competencies to become effective public administrators.  Through the use of a standardized public administration curriculum and interdisciplinary cooperation, our program is able to prepare students for leadership roles in a variety of public and non-profit organizations.  Utilizing traditional classroom and on-line formats, our program is able to provide quality graduate education that promotes the values and ideals of public service to all students. 

Applicants to the MPA with a major in public administration must select one of the following concentrations: administrative management, criminal justice, education, emergency management, environmental science management, geographical information systems, or political science.

Deadline dates for application and receipt of all required application materials for the MPA degree are:  November 1 for spring semester admission, April 1 for summer admission, and July 1 for fall semester admission.  

Concentration in Administrative Management

Concentration in Criminal Justice

Concentration in Education

Concentration in Emergency Management

Concentration in Environmental Science Management

Concentration in Geographical Information Systems

Concentration in Political Science



Required Application Materials

Applicants for the MPA must submit all of the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.
  4. Official test scores on the GMAT, the General Test of the GRE, or the MAT.
  5. Three "Graduate Reference Forms" completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant's potential for success in graduate course work. This form is available in the office of the College of Graduate Studies or online at http:/www.jsu.edu/graduate/student-resources/index.html.
  6. A statement of purpose/interest that shows why the MPA degree is important to the applicant, what the applicant will bring to the program, and how the degree will benefit the applicant's career aspirations.
  7. A professional resume including academic history, employment, and voluntary/community work. Students who have one year or more of experience working for federal, state, or local government, or a nonprofit organization must include this experience on their resume and include a letter from the federal, state, or local government or nonprofit organization employer in order to be exempt from the internship requirement of this degree. The employer's letter must state the dates of employment as well as the student's main responsibilities while employed within the organization. Students lacking substantial prior administrative experience in government or nonprofit organizations must also register for 3 semester hours of internship credit (PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship during their last semester of course work), successfully complete internship responsibilities in a government (federal, state, or local) or nonprofit organization, and receive a passing grade for PSC 597.  Students, who receive an internship waiver (based on administrative experience as discussed earlier), will take a public administration elective in lieu of the PSC 596 Public Affairs Internship by advisement.
  8. If English is not the applicant's native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report, or a PTE score report.


Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the general admission requirements to the College of Graduate Studies are eligible for admission to the MPA.  A particular undergraduate major is not specified for admission to this program. 

Applicants must meet one of the following admission formula requirements.  For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.



Unconditional Admission

200 times the undergraduate GPA on the undergraduate degree plus the GMAT is equal to or greater than a total of 850 points.

 

OR

 

450 times the undergraduate GPA plus the total score of verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1900 points;

 

OR

 

15 times the undergraduate GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points;

 

OR

 

200 times the undergraduate GPA on the undergraduate degree on the last 64 hours attempted toward the completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus the GMAT scores is equal to or greater than a total of 900 points.



Conditional Admission

Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be conditionally admitted with the recommendation of the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. 

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted within a twelve-month time frame. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from graduate studies. 



Minimum Requirements



A total of 39 semester hours is required for most concentrations; an exception is education which may require 40 semester hours.   The student must complete a total of 24 semester hours in required public administration courses (which includes an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience); 15 semester hours in a concentration from one of the following fields: administrative management, criminal justice, education, emergency management, environmental science management, geographical information systems, and political science; and if an internship is not required, then the student will take a 3 semester hour public administration course elective by advisement.  Regarding the internship requirement, all degree candidates lacking at least one year of prior administrative experience in government or nonprofit organizations must also register for 3 semester hours of internship credit (PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship - which requires 112 hours of work in the student's internship area), successfully complete internship responsibilities in a government (federal, state, or local) or nonprofit organization, and receive a passing grade for PSC 597.  In addition, students who need to take PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship must enroll in the course during their last semester of coursework. 

Students who have at least one year of prior administrative experience with a government or nonprofit organization when they submit their application for admission consideration to the MPA Program may request a waiver of the internship requirements.  If a student is working with a government or nonprofit organization during their time in the program and will have the requisites year's administrative experience prior to his or her last semester of course work, they may submit a letter from his/her employer on agency letterhead to the MPA Program Driector, stating the time frame the student has worked for the organization and the student's primary duties.  Once the letter is received, an internship waiver will be considered.  The approval authority forthe internship waiver is the MPA Program  Director.  The overall goal of the internship requirement is to ensure that all MPA students have prior administrative experience working for a government or nonprofit organization, which allows the MPA student exposure to the public sector and the public sector values prior to the awarding of the MPA degree.

Required Public Administration Courses (18 semester hours):
    PSC 500     Foundations of Public Administration (3)
(to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3)
or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3))
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597

Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required - if not then the

student will take a 3 semester hour public administration elective course by advisement.)



Concentration in one of the Following Fields of Study (15 semester hours):

Administrative Management: 15 required semester hours
or
Criminal Justice: 15 semester hours by advisement
or
Education: 15-16 required semester hours
or
Emergency Management: 15 required semester hours
or
Environmental Science Management: 15 required semester hours
or
Geographical Information Systems: 15 required semester hours
or
Political Science: 15 semester hours by advisement

  39-40 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

1. To reiterate, a student who is not required to take PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship will take an additional 3 semester hour public administration course by advisement with his or her primary public administration advisor in order to complete the 39 semester hours. 

2. Course descriptinos for the public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of the Graduate Bulletin.

3. Course descriptions for the concentration courses are provided in the various program sections of the Graduate Bulletin. 



Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Administrative Management


The College of Commerce and Business Administration (CCBA) offers an area of concentration in administrative management within the MPA degree program.

Required Business Administration Courses for the MPA with a Concentration in Administrative Management

A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 24 semester hours in the administrative management concentration courses (which includes an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience) and 15 semester hours in the Administrative Management concentration.

Required Public Administration Courses (18 semester hours): 
     PSC 500 Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required)


The student must complete 15 semester hours of required administrative management courses listed below:
    MGT 504 Organization and Administration (3)
MGT 537 Business Leadership (3)
BA 501 Organizational Communication (3)
Administrative Management Concentration Elective by Advisement (3)
Administrative Management Concentration Elective by Advisement (3)


The two remaining Adminstrative Managment required courses (as noted above) will be selected from any of the College of Commerce and Business Administration classes for which students have met all prerequisites. These will be determined for each student based on interaction with their Administrative Management concentration adviser.

39 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

Course descriptions for the administrative management courses are provided in the Business Administration section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Course descriptions for the public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of the Graduate Bulletin.


Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice 


The Criminal Justice Department offers an area of concentration in criminal justice within the MPA degree program.

Required Criminal Justice Courses for the MPA with a Concentration in Criminal Justice

A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 24 semester hours in the required public administration courses (which includes an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience) and 15 semester hour sin the Criminal Justice concentration.

Required Public Administration Courses (24 semester hours): 
    PSC 500    Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required)

The student must complete 15 semester hours of required Criminal Justice courses listed below :
    CJ 500    Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues (3)
CJ 507 Legal Issues (3)
CJ 509 Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation (3)
CJ elective Criminal Justice elective by advisement (3)
CJ elective Criminal Justice elective by advisement (3)


39 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

Course descriptions for the criminal justice courses are provided in the Criminal Justice section of this Bulletin.

Course descriptions for the public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of this Bulletin.


Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Education


The College of Education and Professional Studies offers an area of concentration in education within the MPA degree program .

Required Education Courses for the MPA with a Concentration in Education

A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 24 semester hours in required public administration courses (which includes an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience) and 15-16 semester hours in the Education Concentof electives (three semester hours of electives if an internship is required).

Required Public Administration Courses (24 semester hours): 
    PSC 500    Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required)


The student must complete 15-16 semester hours of required education concentration courses listed below :
   

*ED 500

  

Introduction to Graduate Education and Technology (1)

(Discipline specific section required first semester of enrollment.)

EFD 500 Research in Education (3)
EFD 531 Philosophy of Education (3)
EFD 532 Social Foundations of Education (3)
EFD 560 Psychological Principles of Learning (3)
EIM 503 Computer-Based Instructional Technologies (3)


*If a graduate student has not completed Ed 500 (discipline specific section) the student must complete this course as a co-requisite for the first semester of enrollment in education courses.

39-40* Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

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Course descriptions for the education courses are provided in the Education section of the Graduate Bulletin. Course descriptions for the required public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of the Graduate Bulletin.


Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Emergency Management


The Institute for Emergency Management (IEP) offers an area of concentration in emergency management within the MPA degree program.

The IEP also offers courses for the Master of Science (MS) with a major in emergency management. Please refer to the Emergency Management section of the Graduate Bulletin for required application materials and admission requirements for this program.

A graduate certificate in emergency management is also available for non-degree students who wish to specialize in the area of emergency management. Please refer to the Emergency Management section of the Graduate Bulletin for requirements for the graduate certificate in emergency management.

Required Emergency Management Courses for the MPA with a Concentration in Emergency Management

A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 24 semester hours in the emergency management concentration courses (which include an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience) and 15 semester hours in the Emergency Management concentration.

Required Public Administration Courses (24 semester hours):
    PSC 500    Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required - if not then the student will take a 3 semester hour public administration elective course by advisement)


The student must complete 15 semester hours of required emergency management concentration courses listed below :
    EM 505    Foundations of Emergency Management (3)
EM 590 Capstone in Emergency Management (3)
Choose three courses from the four courses listed below:
EM 525 Disaster Recovery (3)
EM 540 Hazard Mitigation (3)
EM 545 Emergency Preparedness (3)
EM 555 Disaster Response (3)


39 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

Course descriptions for the emergency management courses are provided in the Emergency Management section of the Graduate Bulletin. Course descriptions for the required public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of thie Graduate Bulletin.


Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Environmental Science Management


The Department of Physical and Earth Sciences offers an area of concentration in environmental science management within the MPA degree program.

A graduate certificate in environmental science management is also available for non-degree students who wish to specialize in the area of environmental science management.

Please refer to the Environmental Science Management section of this Bulletin for requirements for the graduate certificate in environmental science management.

Required Environmental Science Management Courses for the MPA with a Concentration in Environmental Science Management

A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 24 semester hours in required public administration courses (which includes an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience) and 15 semester hours in the Environmental Science Management concentration.


Required Public Administration Courses (24 semester hours):

    PSC 500    Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required - if not then the student will take a 3 semester hour public administration elective course by advisement)


The student must complete the 15 semester hours of required environmental science management concentration courses listed below:
    ESC 490G    Environmental Auditing (3)
ESC 495G Risk Analysis (3)
ESC 496G Watershed Management (3)
ESC 510 Environmental Laws and Regulations (3)
ESC 535 Integrated Waste Management (3)


39 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

Course descriptions for the environmental science management courses are provided in the Environmental Science Management section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Course descriptions for the public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of the Graduate Bulletin.


Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Geographical Information Systems


The Department of Physical and Earth Sciences offers an area of concentration in geographical information systems (GIS) within the MPA degree program.

A graduate certificate in GIS is also available for non-degree students who wish to gain expertise in GIS. Please refer to the Geographical Information Systems section of the Graduate Bulletin for requirements for the graduate certificate in geographical information systems

Required GIS Courses for the MPA with a Concentration in GIS

A total of 39 semester hours is required for the degree. The student must complete 24 semester hours in required public administration courses (which includes an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative experience) and 15 semester hours in the GIS concentration.

Required Public Administration Courses (18 semester hours):
    PSC 500    Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required - if not then the student will take a 3 semester hour public administration elective course by advisement)

NOTE: Students who have not had undergraduate courses in GIS, or no prior experience in GIS using ESRI software, are required to complete GIS 510 as a prerequisite for the required courses.

The student must complete the 15 semester hours of required GIS courses listed below:
    GY 455G    Organization and Management of Spatial Systems (3)
GY 456G Spatial Data Layout and Design (3)
GY 459G Spatial Data Collection and Management (3)
GIS 580 Directed Research (3)


Choose one course from the three courses listed below:

GY 453G Analyzing Spatial Networks (3)

GY 454G Site Location Analysis (3)

GIS 570 Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis (3)


39 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes: 

1. Students who have not had undergradaute courses in GIS, or no prior experience in GIS using ESRI software, are requir3ed to complete GIS 510 as a prerequisite for the required courses.

2. Course descriptions for the geographical information systems are provided in the Geographical Information Systems section of the Graduate Bulletin.

3. Course descriptions of the required public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Political Science


The Political Science and Public Administration Department offers an area of concentration in political science within the MPA degree program.

Required Courses for the MPA with a major in Public Administration and a Concentration in Political Science

A total of 39 semester hours is required for the degree. The student must complete 24 semester hours in required public administration courses (which include an internship if a waiver is not granted for prior administrative expereince) and 15 semester hours in Political Science concentration.

Required Public Administration Courses (24 semester hours):
    PSC 500    Foundations of Public Administration (3) (to be taken during the first semester)
PSC 501 The Analysis of Policy (3) or PSC 545 Seminar in Public Administration (3)
PSC 502 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
PSC 504 Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3)
PSC 531 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSC 532

PSSC 546

Public Finance Administration (3)

Diversity in the Workplace (3)

PSC 597 Public Affairs Internship (3) (If required - if not then the student will take a 3 semester hour public administration elective course by advisement.)


The student must complete 15 semester hours of required Politial Science concentration courses listed below:

    PSC 512    Intergovernmental Relations (3)
PSC 450G The American Executive (3)
PSC 521 Administrative Law (3)
PSC elective Political Science elective (3) (by advisement)
PSC elective Political Science elective (3) (by advisement)

The remaining two graduate courses (as noted above) will be selected from any of the political science classes for which students have met all prerequisites. These will be determined for each student based on interaction with their Political Science concentration adviser or the MPA Director.

39 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes:

Course descriptions for the political science courses are provided in the Political Science section of this Bulletin.

Course descriptions for the required public administration courses are provided in the Political Science section of this Bulletin.

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