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Department of Public Administration

(585) 395-2375

Chairperson and Associate Professor: James Fatula, PhD, Fordham University. Associate Professors: Ann S. Altmeyer, PhD, Syracuse University; Edward H. Downey, DPA, SUNY Albany; Faith Prather, PhD, SUNY Buffalo. Professor Emeritus: John Phillips, PhD, Ohio State University. Assistant Professors: Gregory Saxton, PhD, Claremont Graduate University; Wendy J. Wright, PhD, SUNY Binghamton.

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Public administration is a program of graduate professional study for the Master of Public Administration (MPA). It is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program, instituted in 1974, develops competencies in administration, management, and policy analysis for governmental, nonprofit and public service organizations. Students acquire basic knowledge and skills through the program's core courses, while individual career objectives are met through either a general emphasis or a health care management emphasis. Within the General Emphasis, students find the opportunity to specialize in areas such as nonprofit management, and recreation and leisure. To receive the MPA, students complete 42­45 credits of graduate course work, an internship (if applicable), and an applied research paper (portfolio or project paper). Original papers become the property of the Department of Public Administration. Students are advised to always retain a copy of their submitted work.

Courses are three credits, meeting once a week for a semester. Some courses are offered on- line (Internet-based). Most classes are offered in the evening at the SUNY Brockport MetroCenter in downtown Rochester; some are offered on the Brockport campus.

Always check the department's Web site for the most current policies in effect http://www.brockport.edu/pubadmin/

Admission Requirements
Eligibility to apply to the MPA program requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and evidence of potential to succeed at graduate study. The Department of Public Administration requires matriculation prior to or during the first nine credits of course work (three PAD courses). Students must apply for matriculation to the Office of Graduate Admissions by March 1, July 1, or October 1 as appropriate. More information regarding this process may be obtained from the department at (585) 395-2375.

To apply for admission, an applicant must submit a self-managed application containing the following information to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
SUNY College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, New York 14420-2915

  1. official transcripts of undergraduate and prior graduate work (except for SUNY Brockport);
  2. three letters of recommendation from persons in a position to assess the applicant's potential for significant academic or administrative achievements (e.g., professors, supervisors, business colleagues); and
  3. résumé (only if requesting to be considered "inservice");
  4. GRE Test scores, if applicable. Applicants to the MPA program at SUNY Brockport must submit GRE General Test scores at or above the 50th percentile if any of the following conditions apply:
    • The applicant has less than an overall cumulative average of 2.75 in undergraduate study.
    • The applicant's undergraduate transcript shows a pattern of repeated courses with grades below "B".
    • The applicant graduated from an undergraduate institution that does not supply letter grades for 40 percent or more of the courses on the transcript.

The Analytical Writing test is part of the GRE General Test, so applicants who are required to submit Analytical Writing test scores must take the GRE General Test in order to submit the Analytical Writing score results.

Applicants who already possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or have completed 30 credits or more of course work at the master's level from an accredited institution with a graduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for those graduate courses completed, do not have to take the GRE test.

To meet department standards, the above requirements must reflect the ability to do graduate work. Those who wish to be considered Inservice should include with their admission application a résumé which details past organizational responsibilities and achievements (including position titles and organizations, beginning and ending dates, and any staff supervised). Please see degree requirements regarding inservice students.

Any undergraduate major course of study provides acceptable preparation for the study of public administration.

The faculty reserve the right to deny admission even when minimum requirements are met.

Master of Public Administration

General Emphasis in Public Administration
Core Courses (24 credits):
  PAD 680 Public Policy
  PAD 681 Strategic Management for Public Organizations
  PAD 682 Organizational Behavior
  PAD 683 Intergovernmental Relations
  PAD 684 BudgetState and Local Government
  PAD 685 Human Resource Management
  PAD 687 Statistics for Managers
  PAD 688 Research and Program Evaluation (prerequisite: PAD 687)
   
Internship and Project Paper (6 to 9 credits):
  PAD 692 Internship: General, 3 credits
  PAD 693 Internship: General, 6 credits
  PAD 696 Project Paper Seminar: General
   
Electives (12 credits):
  Electives must be approved by the student's faculty advisor. One of these electives must be a computer course.
   
Health-care Management Emphasis
Core Courses (24 credits):
  PAD 613 Health Care in America
  PAD 619 Financial Administration of Health Care
  PAD 681 Strategic Management for Public Organizations
  PAD 682 Organizational Behavior
  PAD 685 Human Resource Management
  PAD 686 BudgetHealth
  PAD 687 Statistics for Managers
  PAD 688 Research and Program Evaluation (prerequisite: PAD 687)
   
Internship and Project Paper (6 to 9 credits):
  PAD 690 Internship: Health, 3 credits
  PAD 691 Internship: Health, 6 credits
 

PAD 698 Project Paper Seminar: Health-care Management

   

Electives (12 credits):

Electives must be approved by the student's faculty advisor. One of these electives must be a computer course.

Degree Requirements
To receive the MPA, students must fulfill the following requirements within a seven-year period from the time of matriculation into the program. Extensions may be requested under extenuating circumstances.

  1. Complete 42 credits if Inservice or 45 credits if Preservice. Students must include a current résumé with the admission application in order to be considered for Inservice status, which is determined by the department. Inservice status requires a minimum of two years of experience in either administrative, managerial or professional work (in a position that requires a baccalaureate degree).

  2. Demonstrate computer proficiency.

  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B"). Failure to maintain a 3.0 will result in dismissal from the program. In addition, a grade below "B" in two core courses will result in dematriculation, regardless of the cumulative grade point average.

  4. Core courses may not be repeated, and an "E" in any core course will restult in dematriculation, regardless of the cumulative grade point average.

  5. Preservice students (see #1 above) must complete a six-credit internship.

  6. "Inservice" students have three options for the internship. They may select one of the following:
    1. enroll in the course PAD 690 Internship Health, three credits, or PAD 692 Internship General, three credits, and complete a three-credit internship at an organization;
    2. enroll in the course PAD 690 Internship Health, three credits, or PAD 692 Internship General, three credits, and complete a seven-to ten-page application paper that applies selected theory, concepts and techniques from MPA courses to a significant administrative or policy issue (often based on the student's professional employment experiences), or
    3. take an elective course in place of the internship course.

      The student will select one of the options at the time the Plan of Study is completed.

  7. Complete an applied research paper (project paper) or develop a student portfolio.

Public Administration Courses

PAD 613 Health Care in America. Studies the American health-care system, including its organization, politics, economics, and delivery system. Surveys the characteristics of America's health system in relationship to other industrial countries; private and government proposals for financing the system; and the problems of access to care and cost containment. 3 Cr.

PAD 619 Financial Administration of Health Care. Helps prospective administrators in health-care settings understand and use financial information in the decision-making process. Assists students/prospective administrators in developing an understanding of accounting principles and develops basic skills in financial statement analysis, managing working capital, budgeting, cost finding, and pricing. 3 Cr.

PAD 622 Legal Aspects of Public Administration. Provides students with exposure to legal issues frequently encountered by managers of public and non-profit agencies. Provides students with insight into principles of legal analysis, and an in-depth review of employment issues is conducted. Covers discrimination, informed consent issues, and the regulatory powers of government agencies. 3 Cr.

PAD 624 Managerial Issues in Drug Use and Abuse. Assists managers in learning about drug use and abuse and designing appropriate workplace policies. Examines issues around drug testing and legal implications of drug use in the workplace; and explores model policies and appropriate community resources that may be used in treatment options. Teaches managers how to recognize substance abuse and abuse in the workplace, and demonstrates how managers can effectively cope with substance use and abuse through the development and application of appropriate policies. 3 Cr.

PAD 629 Fund Raising and Development. Designed for individuals who are currently preparing for leadership roles in this area. Explores the ethics and values in professional fund raising. Also explores various forms of exchange that take place in fund raising, from individuals through corporations. Develop skills, including prospect identification, cultivation, and research. 3 Cr.

PAD 644 Supervision Skills. For those now in (or preparing for) informal or formal leadership positions. Teaches supervisory skills through discussion, exercises, role plays, and the design/presentation of a training module on topics such as coaching and counseling, leading staff meetings, handling employee complaints, delegating responsibility, performance problem solving, performance appraisal interviewing, disciplinary action, and the job interview. 3 Cr.

PAD 645 Communications in Organizations. Prerequisite: PAD 681 or 682. Covers communication by supervisors in face-to-face, small group and public contexts. Emphasizes interpersonal skills, including building self-esteem; awareness of behavioral styles; nonverbal language techniques; how to inform, direct, listen, praise, criticize, reprimand, encourage and confront; and basic interviewing and negotiation skills. Also covers small-group processes, group leadership and teamwork skills, and communications in public contexts, including writing memos and reports. 3 Cr.

PAD 653 Ethics in Administration. Enables students to gain a conceptual and practical understanding of ethics and of the principal ethical theories. Teaches students to appreciate how ethics are applied to decisions and behavior in professional life, whether in the public or nonprofit sectors. Examines the relationship between being ethical and leadership and excellence in management. 3 Cr.

PAD 655 Medicare and Medicaid Policy Issues. Provides a thorough overview of both the Medicare and Medicaid programs: their background and history; eligibility; covered benefits; provider reimbursement methods; program administration; financing; cost and spending patterns; their respective roles and importance in the American health-care system; and how Medicare and Medicaid both affect and are affected by current health-care reform proposals. 3 Cr.

PAD 661 Creating an Empowered Organization. Covers the many issues surrounding the development of empowered teams from both the leader's and team member's perspective. Includes a mix of current theories and experiential activities, with the latter to be used as the primary instruction method. Since there is no generic step-by-step plan for building an empowered organization, challenges students with applying the general theories and methodologies to their own workplace. Focuses throughout the course on the role of manager in developing empowered teams. 3 Cr.

PAD 663 The Leadership Roundtable. As a seminar course, brings leaders from government, health and information management together to introduce students to increasing complexities in orgaizations and management challenges to be met as partnering, privatization mergers and acquisitions develop. Increases student behaviors and values required to create, lead and adapt to them and their formation. 3 Cr.

PAD 664 Nonprofit Advocacy and Government Relations. Addresses the origin, growth and future of the nonprofit sector's relationship to the government sector, both in the United States and internationally. Reviews the historical and current partnerships with and regulation by government entities. Examines the nonprofit organization's advocacy role on behalf of its mission and beneficiaries as well as the scope of permitted lobbying and political activities. Covers in detail the devolution of government functions to the third and private sectors and its consequences for resource management, administration and service delivery in several nations (though primarily in the United States). Examines the state's role in regulating speech by nonprofits and government funding of service delivery through religious-based organizations. 3 Cr.

PAD 665 Introduction to Computers. Provides instruction in basic computer concepts such as hardware, software, Windows and the Microsoft Office Suite. Introduces students to the Internet and e-mail, as well as word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. 3 Cr.

PAD 666 Computer Applications. Prerequisite: PAD 665 or sufficient experience with computers to be determined by the instructor. Is an intermediate-level course designed to enhance students' skills in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Outlook, Excel and Publisher as well as to introduce students to a variety of Web-authoring tools. Involves creating brochures and online newsletters using Microsoft Publisher; using file transfer protocol (ftp) to upload files to the Internet; file management and virus protection; enhanced familiarity with the common Office 2000 environment; intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel; familiarization with a variety of information-management tools in Outlook; the use of images from scanners and the Internet; intermediate and advanced Power Point features; the creation of templates and formatted tables of contents in Microsoft Word; and the creation of Web documents from Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher. 3 Cr.

PAD 668 Database Applications for Managers. Prerequisite: A working familiarity with microcomputer operation systems strongly recommended. Teaches students to create and maintain databases, make data queries and reports, and to develop unique database applications to meet specific management needs. Focuses first on the basics of database management with the most current and widely used database management software; then allows students to use these skills to create a database application of their choosing. 3 Cr.

PAD 672 Internet for Managers. Involves use of Internet (NET) resources to learn new technologies, gather information, and do research. Requires students to develop a Web site on a topic of their choosing. Entails assignments done via e-mail with only one traditional class session. 3 Cr.

PAD 678 Nonprofit Management. Provides an understanding of nonprofit organizations: their characteristics, purpose, structure, role, and the management challenges confronting them. Examines practical methods and strategies for strengthening governance and board issues; planning; fund raising; marketing; public relations; financial management; and working with volunteers. Emphasizes organizational and management issues specific to health and human services agencies. 3 Cr.

PAD 679 Grant Writing and Management. Provides students with a "hands-on" experience of developing and writing competitive grant proposals for nonprofit and governmental agencies in order to increase their effectiveness in planning for, submitting, obtaining and managing grants. Enables students to: create a competitive grant proposal, identify the strengths and shortcomings of grant funding for program and agency purposes, identify sources of grant funding, and analyze the strengths and shortcomings of agency support for grant writing. 3 Cr.

PAD 680 Public Policy. Introduces students to the study of public policy and the practice of policy analysis. Examines the various methods of identifying and structuring public policy problems and issues, formulating and analyzing alternative responses, recommending policy actions for decision making, and designing and evaluating implementation plans and the means to monitor and evaluate the resulting policy outcomes. Focuses attention on understanding public policy and conducting analysis in a political/administrative environment in order to develop an understanding and capacity to use systematic analytic tools and concepts to improve the quality of decision making in the public sector. 3 Cr.

PAD 681 Strategic Management for Public Organizations. Presents new theories of management, strategic thinking, and the goal-oriented planning and control techniques essential for survival. Explores the dilemmas and challenges of today's managers in a dynamic economy. Provides students with concepts in four areas crucial to modern managers in the present and future such as industry analysis, competitive positioning, management of change, development of strategic thinking, visioning, leadership, long- and short-range planning, and control systems. Explores management of diversity and the question of ethics in today's restructured economy. Uses interactive lecture-discussion format and case studies designed to enable students to develop team-building and communication skills. 3 Cr.

PAD 682 Organizational Behavior. Focuses on the interpersonal and social characteristics of organizations and the skills required to manage them. Covers topics from a behavioral perspective, including motivation, communication, leadership, group and intergroup behavior, conflict management, problem solving, ethics, diversity, and other special topics. Features role plays, field interviews, films and the application of measurement instruments to complement the lecture-discussion format. Draws examples from governmental, nonprofit, and business organizations. 3 Cr.

PAD 683 Intergovernmental Relations. Explores tensions between national goals and state and local priorities, and the implications for subnational units of shifts in priorities and grant-in-aid instruments at the national level. 3 Cr.

PAD 684 BudgetState and Local Government. Examines budgeting as a crucial management function in public and nonprofit organizations. Gives special concern to the politics, practice, and analysis which surround the budgetary process. Emphasizes the planning emphasis involved in budgeting. 3 Cr.

PAD 685 Human Resource Management. Covers human resource management (HRM) principles and skills useful for both the supervisor and the personnel specialist in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Includes the role of the human resource manager, job analysis and position descriptions, selection, EEO and affirmative action, civil service, employee rights, quality of work life, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, training and career development, labor relations, and occupational safety/health. Uses team projects, class exercises, role plays, student presentations, lecture-discussion and a Human Resource Information System demonstration to assure that both the knowledge and skills of human resource management are learned. 3 Cr.

PAD 686 BudgetHealth. Provides students with an understanding of the role, importance and the practice of budgeting as a management function in health care organizations, including the concepts and practices underlying effective budgeting, planning, and control and the internal and external factors that affect effective budgeting in health care organizations. Enables students to: create a program agency budget, identify and apply reasonable assumptions regarding revenue and expenses in creating a budget, recognize and analyze budget variances, and analyze the strengths and shortcomings of a health care agency's budgeting process. 3 Cr.

PAD 687 Statistics for Managers. Allows students to learn to use SPSS by reading chapters in a text specifically designed to help them gain proficiency in using the software and understanding statistical methods. Also allows students to learn to describe data, develop and test hypotheses, and examine the relationships that exist among variables. Evaluates students on short exercises from the text, a midterm, and a final project. 3 Cr.

PAD 688 Research and Program Evaluation. Covers methods of measuring the efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of programs and services. Teaches students to design research projects, interpret research results, and evaluate programs. Places subject matter in a context that the practicing administrator can apply to programmatic needs. 3 Cr.

PAD 690 Health Internship. Prerequisite: Completion of 21 credits toward the MPA, including PAD 613 and 681. A guided eight-week work experience. Provides students an opportunity to observe and participate in the practical application of theories, concepts and techniques taught in the Public Administration program. Through health-care sector employment, teaches students practical administrative or policy practices and how to integrate theoretical issues with those found in the workplace and find an opportunity to gain experience in work areas that are new to the student. Topic determined jointly by the student with the assistance of the course instructor. 3 Cr.

PAD 691 Health Internship. Prerequisite: Completion of 21 credits toward the MPA, including PAD 613 and 681. A guided 16-week work experience. Provides students an opportunity to observe and participate in the practical application of theories, concepts, and techniques taught in the Public Administration program. Through health-care sector employment, teaches students practical administrative or policy practices and how to integrate theoretical issues with those found in the workplace and find an opportunity to gain experience in work areas that are new to the student. Topic determined jointly by the student with the assistance of the course instructor. 6 Cr.

PAD 692 General Internship. Prerequisite: Completion of 21credits toward the MPA, including PAD 680 and 681. A guided eight-week work experience. Provides students an opportunity to observe and participate in the practical application of theories, concepts, and techniques taught in the Public Administration program. Through public-sector employment, teaches students practical administrative or policy practices and how to integrate theoretical issues with those found in the workplace and find an opportunity to gain experience in work that areas that are new to the student. Topic determined jointly by the student with the assistance of the course instructor. 3 Cr.

PAD 693 General Internship. Prerequisite: Completion of 21credits toward the MPA, including PAD 680 and 681. A guided 16-week work experience. Provides the student an opportunity to observe and participate in the practical application of theories, concepts, and techniques taught in the Public Administration program. Through public-sector employment; teaches students practical administrative or policy practices and how to integrate theoretical issues with those found in the workplace and find an opportunity to gain experience in work areas which are new to the student. Topic determined jointly by the student with the assistance of the course instructor. 6 Cr.

PAD 696 General Project Paper Seminar. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission prior to registration (April 1 for summer sessions, April 30 for fall semesters, and October 30 for spring semesters) and completion of at least 30 credits of course work toward the MPA in order to enroll, including Requires students in the program to write a project paper or develop a student portfolio for the master's degree. Administrative, policy, and operational issues are acceptable as topics. Project Paper Guidelines are available at www.brockport.edu/pubadmin/guidepro.htm. Limited to 10 students. 3 Cr.

PAD 698 Health-care Management Project Paper Seminar. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission prior to registration (April 1 for summer sessions, April 30 for fall semesters, and October 30 for spring semesters) and completion of at least 30 credits of course work toward the MPA in order to enroll, including Requires students in the program to write a project paper or develop a student portfolio for the master's degree. Administrative, policy, and operational issues are acceptable as topics. Project Paper Guidelines are available at www.brockport.edu/pubadmin/guidepro.htm. Limited to 10 students. 3 Cr.

PAD 699 Independent Study. Allows students to work individually with faculty on an area of special interest. Requires students to develop the objectives and methodologies, subject to review and approval of the faculty. 3 Cr.

  The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.