Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Master of Public Administration

Program Code: MPA-NS

Major Code: PNM

HEGIS 2101.00

Political Science Department, Division of Public Administration

M. Stephen Pendleton, Department Chair

Laurie Buonanno, Public Administration Division Director

Angelo Conorozzo, Coordinator-Nonprofit Administration Track (NPA)

Classroom Building B218, (716) 878-6116

http://publicadministration.buffalostate.edu/

This program prepares individuals for positions of leadership and management in public and nonprofit organizations. The program provides students with an advanced course of graduate study concentrating on the conceptual, technical, and professional education and skills required for administrative and leadership positions in governmental offices and nonprofit organizations.

The program blends three essential components of training to prepare graduates for a career in the public or nonprofit sector:

1. In-depth knowledge of the public and non-profit sectors.

2. Professional or craft knowledge in the administration of governmental and non-profit organizations.

3. Exposure of students to the world of practice by means of a project.

Totaling 36 credit hours, the M.P.A. program includes six required core courses (21 credit hours), two tracks sharing the common core (12 credit hours each), one in Public Administration and one in Nonprofit Administration, and 3 credit hours of a project.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale), or a master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
    Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree but do not meet either of the above criteria may be considered for admission if they attain a minimum quantitative and verbal score of 152 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or complete 6 credit hours of 500-level coursework at the college as an accepted pre-major student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  2. Two letters of reference, with at least one attesting to academic abilities.
  3. A letter of intent describing the applicant's educational objectives, background in statistics and/or methodology, interest in the MPA program, career goals and the choice of track (public administration or nonprofit) in which to concentrate.
  4. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (21 credits, 7 courses)

PAD 500

Public Administration and Policy

PAD 601

Public Budgeting

PAD 607

Metropolitan Governance

PAD 640

Human Resource Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 689

Research Methods in Public Administration

PAD 699

Data Analysis and Presentation
(must be taken at Buffalo State)

PAD 735

Administrative Practices in Public and Nonprofit Sectors

Select one of two tracks:

Public Administration (12 cr, 4 courses)

BUS/COM 519

Communication for Leaders and Managers

PAD 501

Comparative Public Administration

PAD 502

Administrative Law

PAD 540

U.S. Public Policy

PAD 560

The Aging Network

PAD 587

Special Topics*

PAD 588

Public Administration Graduate Internship

PAD 590

Independent Study

PAD 602

Comparative Public Policy

PAD 701

Administrative Ethics

PAD 712

Managing Program Evaluation

Nonprofit (12 cr, 4 courses)

BUS/COM 519

Communication for Leaders and Managers

BUS/SPF 688

Leadership in Organizations

PAD 540

U.S. Public Policy

PAD 560

The Aging Network

PAD 587

Special Topics*

PAD 588

Public Administration Graduate Internship

PAD 590

Independent Study

PAD 602

Comparative Public Policy

PAD 603

NGOs and International Development

PAD 643

Supervision in the Human Services

PAD 645

Program Planning in Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 701

Administrative Ethics

PAD 712

Managing Program Evaluation

Master's Project (3 cr)

PAD 690

Master's Project (by advisement)

Total Required Credit Hours

36 cr

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Graduate Programs by School

Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.

Economics

Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education

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