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Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate Studies 39Master of Applied Politics*The Master of Applied Politics, through the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics,is one of the few programs in the United States focusing on practical politics.It is designed for students interested ·,n efforts to influence political decisions. Thisincludes activities to capture elective public office in partisan contests, influencinglegislation, and political organization.• Program pendtng approval by Ohio Board of Regents.AdmissionAdmission is open to students who have completed a four-year undergraduatedegree and who fulfill the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Nospecific field of undergraduate major is required for admission. The GraduateRecord Examination (GRE) is not required The program is designed to accommodatestudents taking course work on a part-time basis.Degree Requirements• Complete 39 credits of graduate work, including the following:• Core courses- 27 credits:3700:5703700:5713700:57237005403700:60037006013700:6953700:6727600:691Campaign Management ICampatgn Management IICampaign FinanceSurvey Research MethodsScope and Theory of Polttical SctenceResearch Methods in Polittcal Sciencelnternshtp tn Government and PoltticsSeminar: Political Influence and OrgantzationsAdvanced Communtcatton Studtes: Communtcation tnPolitical Campatgns* Three credits requrred. additiOnal credrts w11i be counted toward elect1ve credrt.• Elective courses- 12 credits (6 credits must be at the 600-level) selected fromthe following courses:3700:502 Politics and the Media 33700:574 Poltttcal Behavior and Electoral Polttics 33700:573 Voter Contact and Electtons 33700:575 American Interest Groups 33700:576 Amencan Polittcal Parties 33700:620 Seminar in Comparative Politics 33700:630 Semtnar tn National Poltttcs 33700:668 Seminar: Policy Agendas and Decisions 33700:690 Special Topics in Political Science (applied focus! 33700:697 Independent Research and Readtngs (applied focus) 37600:665 Theories of Argument and Persuasion 3• Prepare an applied politics portfolio containing:At least two major papers prepared for required courses.An applied politics capstone project assigned by the student's advisor.• Pass an oral defense of the applied politics portfolio.PsychologyMaster of Arts• Fulfill admission requirements of the Graduate School and the following departmentalrequirements:- equivalent of psychology undergraduate major including a general or introductorycourse, statistics course, and experimental psychology course;- GPA of 3.00 in psychology courses;- Graduate Record Examination, Aptitude and Advanced Psychology Test;-three letters of recommendation.• Course requirements:- completion of a minimum of 30 credits of graduate psychology coursesincluding the M.A. core courses or equivalents, specialty area required courses,and electives as specified in the department's graduate student manual;-a student is required to maintain at least a 3.5 grade-po1nt average in M.A.core courses as well as overall.• Other requirements:- refer to the Department of Psyd7ologv Graduate Student Manual for additionalguidelines;-complete and fulfill general master's degree requirements of the GraduateSchool.Thesis OptionCompletion of a minimum of 39 credits of graduate work including thesis in industrial/organizational,counseling or applied cognitive aging psychology (althoughmost programs require more credits).333333*333Nonthesis OptionCompletion of a minimum of 37 credits of graduate work with no thesis requiredCompletion of coursework, practicum and examinations in either industrial/organizational,counseling or applied cognitive aging psychology (although most programsrequire more credits).Public Administration andUrban StudiesMaster of Arts in Urban StudiesAdmissionAdmission is open to students who have completed a four-year undergraduatedegree, whose academic records meet the standards required for adm1ssion tothe Graduate School. No specific field of undergraduate major is required foradmission. The GRE score IS not reou1red for admissionCourses may be taken outside the Department of Public Administration andUrban Studies for the purpose of fulfilling any of the requirements l1sted below butmust be approved by the department pnor to registration.Each student will, upon entenng the program tn consultation with a faculty adviser,plan a complete course of study which includes 15-18 hours of core and 15-18 hoursof approved electives.• Core:39806003980:6013980:602398064139806433980699Basrc Ouantrtative Researc~1Advanced Research and Stattsttcai MethodsHtstory of Urban DevelopmentUrban Economtc Growth and DevelopmentIntroduction to Publtc PolicyMaster's Thests lopttonal)Basic ProgramComplete 33 credits of coursework as follows:• Core -15-18 credits.• Approved electives -15-18 credits.• 3 credits of approved electives may be substituted for thesis with approval ofacademic adviser.Master of Public Administration (MPA)The Program in Public AdminiStration is specifically designed to prepare the studentfor a public service career in public management and administratron, as wellas the management and administration of non-profit organizations. The programof study is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Publrc Affairs andAdministration (NASPAA).AdmissionAdmission is open to students who have completed a four-year undergraduatedegree, whose academic records meet the standards requ1red for adm1ssion tothe Graduate School. No specific field of undergraduate major is required foradmission. The GRE score is not required for admissionDegree Requirements• The number of graduate credits required for the MPA wtll be as follows:Master's Degree in Publtc Administration45 credits• Core requirements (36-39 cred1ts):3980:600 Basic Ouantitattve Research3980:601" Advanced Research and Stattsttcal Methods3980:610 Legal Foundations of Public Administration3980:611 lntroductton to the Profess toll o' Publtc Admtntstratton3980:614 Ethics and Public Servtce3980:615 Public OrganizatiOn Theory3980:616 Personnel Management in the Publtc Sector3980:640* Ftscal Analysts3980:642* Publtc Budgettng3980:643 lntroductton to Publtc Policy3980:695*** lnternshtp (may be repeated for a total of 6 credtts)3980:699 Master's Thests lopttonal)• and select 1 from the following 3 courses:3980:602 Htstory of Urban Development3980 617 Leadershtp and Deciston Maktng3980:671 Program Evaluatton*Students may take 3250.606 Econom1cs of the Public Sector and 3250·506 State and Local PublicFinance to fulfill the requirements of 3980·640 F1scal Analys1s and 3980·642 Public Budget1ng.Students must, however, ta'e both 3250 606 and 3250 506 or both 3980.640 and 3980:642.**Student may take e1ther 3980·674 or 3980:673 1n l1eu of 3980 601 Students may also take erther3980:ED2, 3980 617 or 3350:630 rn lteu of 3980 643333334333333333333333***Student working full-t1me may sat1sfy Internship w1thout a f1eld placement See adv1sor for alternatiVerequ1rement

40 The University of AkronAny required course except 3980:699, Master's Thes1s, may be waived on thebasis of proficiency in the area covered by the course. The criteria for waiver consideredby the department are:° Completion of a comparable course in another department at the University.o Transfer of course credit in a comparable course from another university.o Proficiency in an area demonstrated by a group of courses or other work donein the area covered by the course.o Areas of Concentration:Public and Non-Profit ManagementUrban Theory and Admin1strat1onPublic Sector EconomiCS and F1nancial ManagementPublic Policy Analysis and Program Evaluat1onSee advisor for suggested courses. Students are encouraged to construct acoherent set of courses that will contribute to more in-depth or multi-disci pi~nary knowledge of a given area of concentration.o Advanced Elective Courses (6-9 credits):3250:639 Public Employee Labor Markets3250:666 Seminar in Regional Economic Analysis and Development3700:630 Seminar in National Politics3700:641 Sem1nar in Intergovernmental Relations3700:670 Seminar in the Administrative Process3980:590 Workshop3980:612 National Urban Policy3980:613 Intergovernmental Management3980:618 Citizen PartiCipation3980:620 Soc1al Services Planmng3980:621 Urban Society and Service Systems3980:622 Urban Planning and Health Care3980:623 Public Works Administration3980:636 Parks and Recreation3980:641 Urban Economic Growth and Development3980:650 Comparative Urban Systems3980:670 Research for Futures Planmng3980:671 Program Evaluation in Urban Studies3980:672 Alternative Urban Futures3980:673 Computer Appl1cat1ons in Public Organizations3980:674 Analytical Techmques for Public Administration3980:680 Selected Top1cs 1n Urban Studies3980:681 Selected Top1cs in Urban Studies3980:697 Individual StudiesJ.D./Master of Public AdministrationThe University offers a joint J.D. and Public Administration program. The title isJ.D/MPATo be accepted into the program, a student must meet the admission requirementof the Sohool of Law, the Graduate Sohool, and the Department of PublicAdministration and Urban Studies.Degree RequirementsSeventy-six credits in law and 30 credits in public administration.Under this program a student mast take 43 credits of required law courses, 32credits of law electives, and 30 credits of required public administration coursesplus an internship of three credits. (Internship is required of any student withoutprofessional administrative experience.)This program reduces the total existing credit hours of the Sohool of Law and PublicAdministration by nine credit hours (from 85 to 76), while public administrationrequirements are reduced by 12 credit hours (from 42 to 30).333331-3333333333333.333331-3Nonthesis OptionThis degree is intended for the student who wants intensive substantive trainingin a specialized area.Completion of 32 credits of graduate work with no more than six credits taken atthe 500 level. In meeting these requirements the student must:o Complete four required core courses with at least a 3.00 grade-point average:3850:603 SOCIOlOgiCal Research Methods 33850:604 Social Research Design 33850:617 Sociolog1cal Theory 33850:631 Social Psychology 3or3850645 Soc1al Orgamzatlon 3o Completion of at least 15 credits in a contracted specialty area. This area mustbe defined in consultation with the student's adviser and approved by the GraduateStudies Committee. Courses from other departments may be taken tomeet the specialty requirement.0 Pass an oral examination on the specialty area.AnthropologyThere is no graduate degree 1n anthropology. However, there are many graduatecourses available. A student interested in taking suoh courses for graduate creditmust be admitted to the Graduate Sohool through an existing graduate program,or may apply for non-degree status through the Department of Sociology The studentshould enroll in graduate courses only for specific professional preparation orenhancement and with the permission of the instructor. Inquiries should be directedto the graduate director in the Department of SociologySpanishMaster of Artso Thirty-two semester credits of graduate work whioh may include a thesisamounting to four credits.o Requirement: proficiency level in listening comprehension, speaking, reading,and writing Spanish.o Second language requirement: completion of 202 with a grade of at least "B"in another language; or a translation from another language. Choice of the secondlanguage will be left to the student in consultation with an adviser.o Final comprehensive examinations: the candidate will be required to submit anessay, and pass an oral exam on the essaySociologyMaster of ArtsThesis OptionSatisfactory completion of 32 semester credits of whioh at least 21 must be at the600 level or higher in sociology or anthropology (excluding 3850:699; 3850 697and 3850:698). In meeting these requirements the student must:o Complete five required core courses with at least a 3.00 grade-point average:3850:603 Sociological Research Methods 33850:604 Soc1al Research Des1gn 33850:617 Sociological Theory 33850:631 Soc1al Psychology 338506453850:706orSoc1al OrganizationMult1vanate Techn1ques in Sociologyo Complete at least six hours of thesis work (3850:699). No more than six creditswill count toward the degree.o Completion of master's thesis and successful oral defense of thesis.33

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