Public Administration, MPA
Dr. Dominic Wells, Director
Mission and Goals
The mission of the MPA program is to prepare students to be ethical and effective leaders in public, governmental, and non-profit agencies. Students will develop skills in human resource management, ethical decision making, local government administration and finance, and organizational management. In addition to core course work in public administration, students will have the opportunity to choose between two concentration areas depending upon their career aspirations. Students can choose to focus on general administration and policy to develop additional skills like policy analysis, program evaluation, and leadership. Alternatively, students can choose the criminal justice concentration to develop skills applicable to the administration of justice in law enforcement, correctional, or judicial agencies.
All graduates of the program will be able to:
- Explain the issues that face public administrators using knowledge of the practice of public administration
- Evaluate the ethical implications of decisions made by public administrators in the public interest
- Analyze public policy, public programs, and/or public services using critical thinking skills
- Apply financial knowledge to make economically sound and ethical decisions in the public interest
- Demonstrate the decision-making skills necessary for leadership in the public sector
Additional Admission Requirements:
- A minimum GPA from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution verified by official transcripts
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of reference
- Curriculum Vita/Resume
- For applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99, a GRE score of 300 or higher may be required
Public Administration, MPA
In order to earn a MPA degree, students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. At least 26 of these credits must be taken at Clayton State University.
|Master of Public Administration Required Courses||18|
|Research Methods & App Stats|
|Ethics in Public Admin.|
|Public Admin HR Management|
|Local Govt Admin & Finance|
|Org. Theory and Management|
|Choose one from the following. (Students should complete an internship unless they currently have full-time employment in the field.) 1|
|Internship in Public Admin|
|Project in Public Admin|
|Choose one concentration from the following:||15|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
Students working full-time in the public or non-profit sector may choose to complete POLS 6940 Capstone in place of the internship. Students should consult with the MPA program director to obtain approval prior to the semester the course is taken.
|Choose 5 POLS graduate level (5000 or 6000) level courses not to include those taken as part of the core.||15|
|Any 5 CRJU courses at the 5000 or 6000 level not to include those taken at the core.||15|
Criminal Justice (CRJU)
Overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, its fundamental components, and the interrelationships among crime, law, police, courts, and corrections.
This course provides new graduate students with an introduction to effective communication strategies. Topics include oral and written communication, critical thinking, program standards, time management, tools for teamwork and collaborative learning, and use of electronic media in professional presentations.
The study of the scope, nature, social characteristics, and distribution of crime in the United States, and the impact of crime trends. Attention will be paid to both street and white collar crimes, policy responses to various crime events, and the ways in which crime in America compares to that of other western nations.
A seminar in exploring the historical development of criminal law in society and contemporary legal issues which have a major impact on criminal justice. Particular emphasis will be placed on the formalization and constitutionalization of the criminal justice process with special attention to the U.S. Supreme Court.
An analysis of the criminal justice systems police, courts and corrections in selected western nations and a study of the functional relations among these key components of the criminal justice system.
An overview of research design and research methodology as it applies to the field of criminal justice, and a review of descriptive and inferential statistics as they apply to the field of criminal justice.
This course offers an advanced study of criminology theory and an intensive overview of the major perspectives regarding the etiology of crime. A range of theoretical perspectives from the classical period through the present will be discussed. This course will also explore interrelationships among various theories and the impact that specific criminological theories have on public policy.
Designed to familiarize students with techniques that are utilized in evaluating the effectiveness and impact of criminal justice policies and other public programs. It offers an analysis of criminal justice program development with emphasis on procedure and design. This course is required for all non-thesis graduate students.
Philosophical theories underlying ethics and how they relate to the various components of the criminal justice system, modern criminal justice codes of ethics, and professional standards.
A seminar exploring contemporary trends in policing, law enforcement administration, and criminal justice. Specific attention will be given to emerging issues in: ethics, city policing, community policing, and homeland security. These trends will be critically compared with past trends in criminal justice and law enforcement.
An examination of the various aspects of race and class in the American criminal justice system, and the roles these statuses play in victimization, rates of offending, corrections, and in the administration of justice. Focus will also be placed upon classical and contemporary sociological and criminological theories and the various dimensions and consequences of stratification.
This course concerns itself with procedural and substantive aspects of the juvenile justice system, including such areas as history, philosophy, legal shifts, and the systematic processing of juveniles through diversion programs to incarceration.
An introduction to local governmental organization and the role of law enforcement in local government. Further, this course will explore the management of revenue-raising and expenditure activities, law enforcement grants and contracts, expenditure monitoring, procurement and purchasing policies, and financial audits of law enforcement and other public agencies.
This course examines the history of domestic drug policy; the U.S. “war on drugs”; the relationship between drug use and crime; trends in domestic drug use and abuse; criminal justice and comprehensive approaches to controlling the use of illegal drugs; and international drug trafficking.
A survey of the historical development, current issues, and future trends confronting the field of U.S. corrections, and the administration and management of correctional systems. Specific attention will be given to corrections policy and alternatives to incarceration.
This course examines the illegal behavior of individuals who commit crimes in the course of their employment. Special attention will be paid to the definition, detection, prosecution, sentencing and aggregate impact of white collar and organized crime.
A seminar exploring fundamental questions concerning law and morality, and theories of law creation. Course themes include: what constitutes a rule of law to which men and women should give their moral assent and support; the question of legislating morality; the appropriate role of religion in law; the position of government on questions of morality; the relationship between law and culture; and Constitutional interpretation with regard to questions of morality.
This seminar examines the use (and misuse) of social science in the legal process, focusing on the historical and contemporary role of social science evidence in trial and appellate decision making. An emphasis will be placed on specific litigation in which social science has been used to challenge laws or support reform.
This advanced research methods course reviews a variety of methods and literature, as well as exemplary applications of such research strategies to social scientific subject matter. The course will be focused on helping students develop appropriate research designs and research proposals for their master’s thesis research.
This seminar examines qualitative methods used in social science research, focusing primarily on participant observation, on asking questions, on writing field notes, and on the transformation of these primary field data into written ethnographic documents. Readings on specific research methods and representative ethnographic works will contribute to the formulation of a research project to be carried out during the semester, as will recent literature on the theoretical and ethical aspects of these methods.
With particular emphasis on criminal justice responses, this course provides an exploration into the theoretical underpinnings, groups, and control of terrorist threats against the United States and other Western nations.
Students will choose a social problem related to crime, criminal justice, and law, relate it to broader legal and social issues, and devise a plan of action to research the problem and develop informed policy. Using knowledge obtained from prior required courses, and input from Criminal Justice faculty, students will a comprehensive term paper on their chosen topics.
Guided research in Criminal Justice.
Working with a faculty advisor, the student develops and defends a research proposal and begins conducting the research.
Working with an advisor, the student completes a research study, writes a thesis, and defends the thesis.
Political Science (POLS)
This course will introduce graduate students to the philosophy and logic underlying inquiry and research in the social sciences. It will also provide students with a solid basis for understanding the reasons for contemporary social scientists’ approaches to research.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices relevant to the role of the non-elected, career administrator in a democratic system.
This course will explore the process of public-sector policy-making by examining selected policy issues and outcomes. Special attention will be given to the role of policy analysis and politics in the process.
An overview of research design and research methodology as it applies to social sciences, and a review of descriptive and inferential statistics as they apply to the field of social sciences.
A graduate seminar on the American political system, its origins, structure, processes and politics. The course covers important topics such as the historical and philosophical foundations of the American political system, the local, state and federal levels of government, the three branches of government and the policy making process. A variety of perspectives will be examined.
A graduate seminar exploring selected political science topics. A variety of perspectives will be examined.
This course examines basic issues of morality and ethics associated with public service roles in a democratic society. Topics covered in this course include the foundations of public service ethics, individual-centered approaches to ethics, institutional approaches to ethics, and issues in public service ethics.
This course examines the various roles a public service leader assumes when working within and outside an organization. The course provides an evaluation of leadership theory and application, with special attention paid to governance within public and private organizations.
This course will teach students to analyze complex public-policy issues and develop concise reports with recommendations on how to address these issues.
Designed to familiarize students with techniques that are utilized in evaluating the effectiveness and impact of public policies and programs. It offers an analysis of c program development with emphasis on procedure and design.
This course is a study in human resource management in public and non-profit agencies. It will address current complex human resource issues, by introducing the student to best practices for impacting long-term workforce needs, recruiting and maintaining high-performance teams, and creating a culture of excellence within governmental agencies.
Using case law and real-world examples, students in this class will examine constitutional, administrative, and civil laws that regulate the actions of public servants.
An introduction to local governmental organization and its various agencies. Particular attention will explore the management of revenue-raising and expenditure activities, including financial management, budgeting, grants and contracts, expenditure monitoring, procurement and purchasing policies, and financial auditing procedures.
This course is an introduction to major theories concerning organizational behavior and management in the public sector, including analysis of individual behavior in an organizational context. Contemporary trends in organization theory and public management are emphasized.
Supervised field experience in a governmental or not-for-profit agency. Students will be required to complete a project that uses scholarly research to illuminate experience gained during their internship.
Using knowledge obtained from coursework, and input from a faulty advisor, students will produce a research paper analyzing an element of public administration and/or policy.