Degree Requirements

Core Courses (24-27 hours)
PSC 514 - American Public Policy Making 3(3-0)
PSC 610 - Foundations of Public Administration 3(3-0)
PSC 711 - Public Personnel Administration Practice 3(3-0)
PSC 713 - Public Budgeting and Finance 3(3-0)
PSC 714 - Program Analysis and Evaluation 3(3-0)
PSC 775 - Organization Theory in Public Administration 3(3-0)
PSC 780 - Research in Public Administration in Political Science 3(3-0)
PSC 795 - Internship in Public Administration 1-6(Spec)
PSC 796 - Applied Research in Public Administration 3(3-0)

Note: In-service students with experience are not required to take an internship (PSC 795). Students without experience will take 3 hours of internship, reducing their number of elective courses by 1 course, or 3 credit hours.​

PSC 796 The Applied Research Project: Before a student’s final semester, he or she forms a Plan B paper committee of three members and, with their advice, develops an approved research topic. The student will present his or her finished paper to the committee when completed. Both on-campus and Global Campus students are encouraged to develop their research topics through the tutelage of the entire teaching staff.


Degree Emphasis (9-12 hours)

Choose from one of the following four options:

1.  Cognate Courses Option (9-12 hours)
With the approval of an advisor, a student may create an emphasis in a subject area by selecting from 9 to 12 hours of cognate course work in place of the general electives. A cognate course is one outside of but related to the principal discipline of Public Administration.

2.  General Electives (9-12 hours)
PSC 516 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3(3-0)
PSC 522 - Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law 3(3-0)
PSC 561 - American State Government and Administration 3(3-0)
PSC 565 - Managing Modern Local Government 3(3-0)|
PSC 566 - Intergovernmental Relations in the United States 3(3-0)
PSC 583 - Survey Research 3(3-0)
PSC 585 - Public Sector Information Technology Management 3(3-0)
PSC 712 - Implementation and Reform of Public Programs 3(3-0)
PSC 761 - Seminar in American State Government 3(3-0)
PSC 773 - Public Administration ​and Public Interest 3(3-0)
PSC 774 - Strategic Planning for Public/Non-Profit Organizations 3(3-0)
PSC 785 - Strategic Leadership 3(3-0)
Note: Both PSC 561 and PSC 761 may not be se­lected.

3.  Public Management Concentration (9-12 hours)
PSC 522 - Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law 3(3-0)
PSC 566 - Intergovernmental Relations in the United States 3(3-0)
PSC 585 - Public Sector Information Technology Management 3(3-0)
PSC 712 - Implementation and Reform of Public Programs 3(3-0)
PSC 774 - Strategic Planning for Public/Non-Profit Organizations 3(3-0)
PSC 785 - Strategic Leadership 3(3-0)

4.  State and Local Government Concentration (9-12 hours)
PSC 561 - American State Government and Administration 3(3-0)
PSC 563 - Politics and Policy in Urban Communities 3(3-0)
PSC 565 - Managing Modern Local Government 3(3-0)
PSC 566 - Intergovernmental Relations in the United States 3(3-0)
PSC 585 - Public Sector Information Technology Management 3(3-0)
PSC 761 - Seminar in American State Government 3(3-0)
Note: Both PSC 561 and PSC 761 may not be selected.

Total: 36 semester hours