Public Policy & Administration

Are you interested in how public policy is developed and implemented or how public agencies work? The Public Administration and Public Policy program blends theory with practice in addressing such concerns. The program provides students with knowledge and skills in the areas of organization behavior, public budgeting and finances, public management, policy analysis, program evaluation and computer applications. Students develop expertise in one or more substantive areas and research methodologies. Public Policy may be offered as a Ph.D. field. In addition, the department offers the M.A. degree with a certificate in Public Affairs.

First Field Requirements

Summary of First Field Requirements (4 courses for a total of 12 credits)

  • PUP 6008: Policy Analysis
  • Either POS 6476: Bureaucratic Politics or PUP 6007: Policy Process
  • Two additional seminars

Field Examination

  • Written component: answer three questions in 72 hours
  • Oral defense: scheduled after written component

Committee Selection

The candidate shall pick one faculty member as the Chair of his/her examination committee. The chair of the examination committee shall then designate two additional members for the committee in consultation with the candidate. It is the responsibility of the candidate to consult with the exam committee on a regular basis in preparation for the examination.

Examination Questions

Three questions from two of the following areas – public policy, public administration, state and local government, or a substantive policy area. Answers should run 5-6 pages.

Second Field Requirements

Summary of Second Field Requirements (3 courses for a total of 9 credits)

  • Three courses from at least two of the following areas – public policy, public administration, state and local government, or a substantive policy area (e.g. energy or environmental policy).

Field Examination

  • Written component: answer two questions in 48 hours
  • Oral defense: scheduled after written component

Committee Selection

The candidate shall pick one faculty member as the Chair of his/her examination committee. The chair of the examination committee shall then designate two additional members for the committee in consultation with the candidate.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to consult with the exam committee on a regular basis in preparation for the examination.

Examination Questions

Two questions from two of the following areas – public policy, public administration, state and local government, or a substantive policy area. Answers should run 5-6 pages.

Third Field Requirements

Summary of Third Field Requirements (2 courses for a total of 6 credits)

  • Two courses from the following areas – public policy, public administration, or state and local government.

 

Courses that Satisfy Field Requirements*

Public Policy

  • PUP 6008: Policy Analysis
  • PUP 6007: Policy Process
  • PUP 6006: Policy Evaluation

Public Administration

  • PAD 6108: Public Administration Theory
  • POS 6476: Bureaucratic Politics
  • PAD 6434: Leadership and Ethics in Public Agencies

State and Local Government

  • POS 6127: State Government and Politics
  • POS 6146: Urban Politics
  • POS 6157: Community Analysis

*It is the candidate’s responsibility to assure that courses offered for examination fields are acceptable to the Committee. This includes courses taken outside the department.