MSA 600 Foundations of Research Methods in Administration

All MSA students under the 10-11 Bulletin are required to take six core courses: MSA 600, MSA 601, MSA 602 , MSA 603, MSA 604, and MSA 699.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, the student should:

1. Determine administrative issues and topics that can research within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

2. Identify, collect, evaluate, and synthesize research and professional literature to draw and support conclusions and make recommendations.

3. Identify, evaluate, and synthesize research data to draw and support conclusions and make recommendations.

4. Effectively and concisely communicate research findings, conclusions and recommendations to others in written form using standard written English (grammar, spelling, sentence structure, syntax etc.) and following APA format.

5. Effectively and concisely present research findings, conclusions and recommendations to others in oral form using appropriate visual aids and/or presentation software.


Typical MSA 600 topics:

Administrative report writing
Scientific research method
Research constraints
Literature review
Types of research
Sampling techniques
Data collection techniques
Data analysis
Reaching conclusions and making recommendations
Review of Institutional Review Board (IRB) process
Components of a research proposal

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