MPA: Master's Degree in Public Administration
Marc L. Hutchison, Ph.D.
Francis J. Leazes, Jr., Ph.D.
Welcome to the URI Providence Campus Graduate Study in Public Administration (MPA)
“Serving the state and region’s government and nonprofit administration community.”
The M.P.A. program is a late afternoon and evening program offered cooperatively by the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. The program's core curriculum is conveniently offered in the late afternoons and evenings in downtown Providence at URI's Feinstein Providence Campus. The M.P.A. program is designed to accommodate part-time and full-time students, as well as those who are interested in taking courses for a better understanding of the public sector. Subject to applicable rules and regulations, courses may also be taken by state employees for incentive credits. Application to the Program is easily accomplished on-line be going to www.uri.edu/gsadmis.
The program currently has more than 60 matriculating students. The size of this program allows for students to have more one-on-one interaction with the professors of the department, as well as affording students the opportunity to direct their studies according to their personal interests. The MPA Director works with matriculating students to develop their Plan of Study in line with the student’s professional goals.
The program offers traditional and the most current administrative theory and practice. The Core curriculum conforms to the National Association of Schools for Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA) guidelines concentrating on a number of critical areas such as program and policy analysis, strategic decision making, public budgeting and personnel administration, administrative law and ethics. Students use their elective options to develop expertise in many areas of public administration. Electives for completing the degree are available from among the graduate level offerings at URI and RIC.
The MPA Program provides interested graduate students a number of other educational opportunities. The University of Rhode Island offers a joint program in public administration and library science that leads to the M.P.A. and the M.L.I.S. degrees. Students interested in a professional career in nonprofit administration can obtain a Certificate in Nonprofit Studies offered at Rhode Island College as part of their MPA plan of study. For more information regarding this certificate program go to http://www.ric.edu/nonprofitStudies/index_cert.php or contact Dr. Motte directly at 456-8881 or the MPA Program Director, Dr. Leazes at 401-456-8718. The MPA Program also works cooperatively with Rhode Island College Certificate Program in International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO).
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Current Course Offerings - Spring 2010:
|• PSC 503||- Problems Public Personnel Administration||- Monday|
|• PSC 505||- Public Program Evaluation||- Tuesday|
|• PSC 524||- Seminar in Public Policy Problems||- Thursday|
|• PSC 573||- Administrative Law||- Wednesday|