The graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares experienced and aspiring administrators to be leaders in government, criminal justice, health, environmental, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum consists of six core management and analysis courses, a policy course, a service learning course and specialized courses in the student’s concentration or field of interest. Concentrations are offered in health services, government management, and nonprofit management.
Roosevelt's Chicago Campus is ideally located for aspiring MPAs. Government is the largest single employer in the metropolitan area; there are many federal regional offices and hundreds of local agencies; several health care organizations are among the top 25 area employers; and the nonprofit sector is growing more rapidly than any other.
The public administration program draws from — and gives back to — this rich practice laboratory by continually connecting theory with practical application and by involving students in real administrative problems and their solutions. Faculty are primarily teachers, but they are also researchers, consultants, and practicing professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who are employed full-time.
Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are admitted based upon previous academic performance and evaluation of a one- to two-page essay on an assigned topic. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 will be considered on the basis of the above plus additional supporting materials. These applicants should submit a history of their work and community experience and two letters of reference. They may also submit aptitude test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT. Information regarding admission may be obtained from the office of graduate admission or the department office. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.
To earn the MPA degree, students must complete 36 semester hours of course work. Course work must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students electing the thesis option must have a GPA of 3.7. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA, students who receive more than two grades of C, and students who have one course grade of D or F are subject to dismissal from the program.
Students choose a concentration in health services management, government management, or nonprofit management. Concentration courses must be selected in consultation with their graduate advisor.
Undergraduate Opportunities: Joint BA/MPA Programs
Roosevelt undergraduate students concerned about the time and cost of obtaining a graduate degree can reduce both by participating in a joint program. These programs allow undergraduate students to start on their MPA degrees by taking graduate level courses during the completion of their undergraduate degrees.
Once students are admitted to the MPA, the courses will apply toward completion of the MPA degree. Students must be accepted into the joint program and obtain permission from the program director of Public Administration before enrolling in the cross-listed courses.
Students must apply after completion of 60 semester hours of course work, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and write an essay for the Public Administration program. At the conclusion of the Political Science degree, students are required to formally apply to the Public Administration program. The three graduate courses in the joint BA/MPA program are: PADM 400, PADM 401, and PADM 405.
The program allows these students to take three graduate-level courses as part of their undergraduate degree program. Once admitted to the MPA, the courses will apply toward completion of the MPA degree. Students must be accepted into the Transitions program and obtain permission from the program director of Public Administration before enrolling in the cross-listed courses.
Students must apply to the Transitions program for the MPA after their third OLED course, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and write an essay for the Public Administration program. At the conclusion of the Organizational Leadership Degree students are required to formally apply to the Public Administration program. The three graduate courses in the OLED/MPA Transition Program are: PADM 400, PADM 401, and PADM 419.
A student who has not completed an internship, thesis, or other final project must maintain continued registration during fall and spring semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by “Y”). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for internship, or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.
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