BA in Public Administration and Policy
Degree Program Description
The BA in Public Administration and Policy within the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs is an on-campus, online, or hybrid program. The degree will prepare students to think critically about problems facing public and nonprofit institutions, to develop and implement solutions to these problems, and to communicate effectively as future public servants. The curriculum melds the study of public administration, public policy, and communication to prepare students for careers in professional public service.
Major Program Requirements
Students will need to complete 120 credit hours consisting of College of Arts and Science requirements, University of Missouri general education requirements, University graduation requirements, and the program requirements listed below to confer the degree.
|Public Affairs Courses||9|
|PUB_AF 1000||Principles of Public Policy Administration||3|
|POL_SC 4320||Public Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 4XXX||Program Assessment and Improvement *||3|
|COMMUN 3572||Argument and Advocacy||3|
|COMMUN 3460||Organizational Advocacy||3|
|COMMUN 4478||Communication Competencies for a Diverse Workplace||3|
|COMMUN 4473||Political Communication||3|
|COMMUN 4476||Organizational Communication||3|
|Elective Courses (at least 9 credits from Public Affairs, other courses approved as electives are listed below) ^||9-24|
|PUB_AF 4175||Early Childhood Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 4340||Regional and Economic Development Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 4001||Topics in Public Affairs||3|
|PUB_AF 4700||Social Entrepreneurship||3|
|PUB_AF 4710||The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector||3|
|PUB_AF 4540||Local Government Management||3|
|WGST 3240||Nonprofit Work and the Pursuit of Social Justice||3|
|BL_STU 4303||Black Studies in Race, Class, Gender, and U.S. Policy||3|
|SOCIOL 3230||Education and Social Inequalities||3|
|SOCIOL 3330||Environmental Justice||3|
|or PEA_ST 3330||Environmental Justice|
|POL_SC 4140||Congress and Legislative Policy||3|
|POL_SC 4370||Law, Policy, and Regulation||3|
|ECONOM 3367||Law and Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4315||Public Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4345||Economics of Education||3|
|ECONOM 4357||Health Economics||3|
|SRV_LRN 3028||Civic Leaders Internship||3-6|
Course is under development.
Elective Coursework (at least three courses must be from Public Affairs):
Accelerated BA to MPA in Public Affairs
An accelerated program provides students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelors and Masters degree within five years, rather than six years if pursued consecutively. Many students approach their final year of undergraduate coursework well prepared for graduate study. This accelerated program allows students to complete several courses toward the MPA in Public Affairs program during their final undergraduate semesters. Students then complete the requirements for the MPA with one additional year of coursework.
Total credits required for graduation must be at least 141 total credit hours:
- Total undergraduate credit hours: 105
- Total dual enrollment credit hours: 15 (taken at graduate level)
- Total graduate credit hours: 21
|Fourth Year (Dual Enrollment)||15|
|PUB_AF 8110||Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Management||3|
|PUB_AF 8170||Public Policy Processes and Strategies||3|
|PUB_AF 8180||Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs I||3|
|Fifth Year (as Graduate Student)||21|
|PUB_AF 8181||Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs II||3|
|PUB_AF 8280||Public Affairs Internship||3|
|PUB_AF 8210||Public Service and Democracy||3|
|PUB_AF 8211||MPA Capstone (Applied Project)||3|
|Elective and Specialization Courses||15|
|Public and Nonprofit Management Courses|
|PUB_AF 7340||Regional and Economic Development Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 7540||Local Government Management||3|
|PUB_AF 7710||The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector||3|
|PUB_AF 8150||Collaborative Governance||3|
|PUB_AF 8160||Organizational Dynamics and Leadership||3|
|PUB_AF 8510||Public Budgeting and Taxation||3|
|PUB_AF 8520||Human Resources Management and Development in Public and Nonprofit Sector||3|
|PUB_AF 8530||Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations: People, Information and Money||3|
|PUB_AF 8720||Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector||3|
|Public Policy Courses|
|PUB_AF 7175||Early Childhood Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 7340||Regional and Economic Development Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 8171||Environmental Policy||3|
|PUB_AF 8190||Economic Analysis for Public Affairs||3|
|PUB_AF 8420||Public Program Evaluation||3|
|PUB_AF 8430||Public Policy Analysis||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 1200||3|
|HIST 1400 or POL_SC 1100||3-5||Second Language 1100 level||4|
|PUB_AF 1000||3||Behavioral Science||3|
|Behavioral Science||3||WI course (1000+ level)||3|
|Second Language 1200 level||4||Social Science Outside Major||3|
|Social Science Outside Major||3||Second Language 2100 level||4|
|POL_SC 4320||3||Elective for Major||3|
|Biological/Physical Science with lab||5||Biological/Physical/Math||3|
|Humanities 2000+ level||3||Humanities||3|
|Social Science Outside Major 2000+||3||WI Course (3000+ level)||3|
|Elective for Major||3||PUB_AF 4XXX (Program Assessment and Improvement)Under Development||3|
|Elective for Major||3||Elective for Major||3|
|Communication||3||Elective for Major||3|
|Total Credits: 120-122|
Capstone requirement is fulfilled with any 4000 PUB AF or POL SC course
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