Public Administration (MPA) - Justice Administration Track
The mission of the Public Administration Program at Columbus State University is to provide professional education and leadership skills for effective, efficient, and responsive public service necessary for individuals preparing for or currently serving in public service careers.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the degree for students with professional goals related to public service in areas such as government agencies, justice administration/law enforcement, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.
The program structure is designed to accommodate students currently employed in the public sector as well as students seeking entry level positions by offering classes in the evenings and on-line. Columbus State University's Public Administration Program offers curricular tracks in: Government Administration and Justice Administration (can be completed entirely online).
The MPA program consists of 36 hours and offers flexible course scheduling, multiple entry points, in class and online options, and some 8-week course offerings. The program can be adapted for students who wish to attend part time or full time.
- Uniformed police officer
- FBI agent
- Customs inspector
- U.S. Marshall
- Security agent
- Social worker
- Parole officer
- Corrections Officer
Program of Study
|Area 1 Core|
|MPAC 7106||Survey of Public Administration 1||3|
|MPAC 7116||Public Personnel Administration||3|
|MPAC 7126||Public Budgeting and Financial Administration||3|
|MPAC 7146||Organization Theory and Leadership||3|
|MPAC 7136||Research Methods for Administration||3|
|MPAC 7156||Legal and Ethical Environment of Administration||3|
|MPAC 7766||Capstone Course in Public Administration (A grade of "B" or better is required in this course.) 2||3|
|Area 1 Total||21|
|Area 2 Concentration|
|Select 15 credits from the following:||15|
|Criminal Justice, Race, and Class|
|Courts and Judicial Administration|
|Correctional Practices and Problems|
|Administration and Management in Justice Systems|
|Selected Topics in Criminal Justice|
|Comparative Judicial Systems|
|Advocacy Practices and Problems in Justice Systems|
|Conflict Resolution for Public Managers|
|Grant Writing for Public Administration|
|National Security Policy|
Note: MPAC 7106 Survey of Public Administration must be taken in the student's first two semesters in the program.
MPAC 7766 Capstone Course in Public Administration must be taken in the student's final semester and requires department approval.
Fall: June 30
Spring: November 30
Send the materials below to the CSU Admissions Office:
- Application + $50 non-refundable application fee
- Immunization information
- Official transcript from each college and university attended
- Verification and proof of Lawful Presence
- A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree is required.
- One letter of recommendation (PDF) from an employer, past professor, or another person familiar with the applicant's work.
- Statement of purpose which introduces the applicant to the program, outlines their interest in the program, their personal and professional goals, and the relevant work and/or life experiences that they feel qualifies them for the program.
Additional Program Requirements
The MPA degree is subject to the following requirements:
- All students must complete the common core for the degree.
- A minimum B average (3.0) in core courses, with no more than two Cs, and a minimum grade of B in elective courses are required for degree completion.
- A maximum of nine semester hours of credit, taken as a graduate student at an accredited graduate school, may apply toward a master's degree provided the credit was earned not more than seven years prior to the date of completion of the degree. Grades of "C" or below will not be accepted as transfer credit.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Lead And Manage In Public Governance With Impartiality, Objectivity, Transparency, And Professionalism
- Analyze, Synthesize, Think Critically, Solve Problems, And Make Ethical Decisions
- Articulate And Apply A Public Service Perspective To Public Policy Issues By Promoting Inclusiveness And Participation
- Communicate And Interact Productively And Collaboratively With A Diverse and Changing Workforce And Citizenry Locally And Globally
- Develop Strategies To Address Issues Of Social Change Within The Context Of The Judicial System From A Multidisciplinary Approach