Department of Public Affairs and Administration
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Meiklejohn Hall 4122
Phone: (510) 885-3282
Linda Dalton, Ph.D. Radcliff College/Harvard University
Jennifer L. Eagan, Ph.D. Duquesne University
Toni E. Fogarty, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
O. Jombo ("Jay") Umeh (Chair), Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Michael Y. Moon, Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
Nicole Diggs, Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University
Institute for Governmental Research and Training: Toni E. Fogarty (Director)
The Department of Public Affairs and Administration at Cal State East Bay offers a program of coursework leading to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The department also offers an M.S. in Health Care Administration (see Health Care Administration in the Graduate section of this catalog). The following pages only describe the MPA degree program.
Public Administration is a rich and challenging multi-disciplinary field drawing from sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, economics, and urban and organizational studies. The master's degree program provides students with a grounding in major philosophical and social science thinking about the nature of organizations; it helps students to build the intellectual and practical tools they will need to become effective organizational leaders in the public and non-profit sectors. The MPA program is designed to increase the personal and professional effectiveness of people working in public, voluntary, and private organizations. The purpose of the program is to prepare individuals for leadership positions in various kinds of organizations with a sense of commitment to social purpose, the public interest, and effective public problem-solving.
The program proceeds on several assumptions: (1) many pressing problems of society must be dealt with through public agencies, and these agencies must be staffed by well-prepared public administrators; (2) public agencies should be more oriented toward the public interest and be more client-centered than is generally the case at present; (3) public agencies should be humanistically oriented, encouraging personal contribution, growth, and improvements in the quality of working life; (4) public agencies should nurture and support a critical awareness on the part of public administrators, leading to an ability to challenge and change administrative practice; and (5) public administrators need to find creative and innovative solutions to the problems of providing quality public services in times of resource scarcity.
The department strives to expand the meaning of public administration to include the theory and practice of administration in non-profit and community organizations. Overall, emphasis is placed upon developing student sensitivities to a wide variety of human, social, and organizational realities in order to assist public organizations in formulating and obtaining their goals and striving toward responsible social change. In sum, the faculty believes the challenge of the changing post-industrial era is best met by humanizing governments, by strengthening their capacities for intelligent policy analysis and effective action on behalf of the public interest, and by encouraging in public administrators a welcoming attitude toward learning, creativity, and innovation.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a MPA will be able to:
- Lead and manage in public governance while demonstrating an understanding of the role of theory in public governance and the application of these theories toward administrative inquiry;
- Participate in and contribute to the policy process;
- Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and demonstrate an understanding of interpretive and quantitative research methodologies;
- Articulate and apply a public service perspective;
- Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
The MPA program prepares students for careers in government organizations at the federal, state, and local levels as well as in community organizations and the non-profit sector. The program also offers an excellent preparation for doctoral level study for those seeking careers in university teaching and research. The curriculum offers students opportunities to specialize in public management and public policy development, health care administration, and human resources and organizational change. Cal State East Bay MPA alumni are well represented in positions of leadership throughout the Bay Area as well as in local, state, and federal agencies in the western states.
The Department of Public Affairs and Administration sponsors an optional graduate internship program as an integral part of the master's program. The internship program provides students with an opportunity to complement their academic studies with practical administrative experience in a city, county, state, federal, or non-profit agency. The internships vary from three to nine months and average 10 to 30 hours per week. Some pay a stipend; others are on a volunteer basis. An internship is not a job placement, but an opportunity for gaining experience. Internships are for 300 hours or two quarters.
- Graduate Equity Fellowship
- Herman J. McKenzie Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Robert Odell Scholarship
- MPA Alumni Scholarship
- VrMeer Family Scholarship
The MPA degree program is open to applicants planning careers in public organizations who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Admission will be granted based upon the Admission Committee's overall assessment of the program's admission capacity and of the applicant's qualifications and academic/career potential, using the following criteria:
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5;
- Statement of Purpose in pursuing the MPA degree (a 1-2 page essay double-spaced, explaining who you are, your career goals and how the MPA degree will help you achieve those goals and why you believe you will be successful in the program);
- Two letters of academic and/or professional recommendation (on letterhead - company or educational institution stationery). The letter writers should include how they know you, if they think you would be successful in the program and why they think that;
- Professional resume/vita, and
- All undergraduate/graduate transcripts. (These must be sent directly to University Admissions NOT the Department.)
All applicants must submit an online Graduate Admission application declaring Public Administration as a degree objective, and transcripts, at www.csumentor.edu along with a non-refundable fee. In addition, applicants must also submit a statement of purpose, 2 letters of reference and a resume directly to the Department of Public Affairs and Administration at the following address: CSUEB: Dept of Public Affairs and Administration, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., MI 4122, Hayward, CA 94542-3040.
Please review the detailed application instructions on the Department's website at http://www20.csueastbay.edu/class/departments/publicadmin/publicadmin/criteria.html.
Student Standing and Progress Toward the Degree
There are three categories of student status which reflect student progress toward the degree: "Conditionally Classified Graduate" student, "Classified Graduate" student, and Advancement to Candidacy.
Students achieve "Conditionally Classified Graduate" status when they have been admitted to the MPA degree program, but have not yet completed the requirements for "Classified Graduate" status in the M.P.A. degree program.
These requirements are: PUAD 4800 Public Administration and Society (with a grade of "B" or better), PUAD 4830 Organization Theory and Human Behavior (with a grade of "B" or better), PUAD 4840 Fundamentals of Information Management in the Public Sector (with a grade of "B" or better), and PUAD 5000 Philosophy of Public Administration (with a grade of "B" or better).
- Students achieve "Classified Graduate" status when they have satisfactorily completed the four foundation courses for the MPA degree program or their equivalents, and satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
- Students are Advanced to Candidacy when they have completed the core courses with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
Degree Requirements (48 units)
The program requires completion of 48 quarter units beyond the foundation courses, at least 35 units of which must be completed in residence at CSUEB:
- Core Courses: 20 units
- Required and Elective Courses in an Option Area: 24 units
- Capstone Course: 4 units
The MPA program requires completion of 48 quarter units, distributed among core courses; required and elective courses in an option area; and the graduate synthesis or the departmental or university thesis. Of these, at least 35 units must be completed in residence at CSUEB (transfer units are limited to 13 quarter units); at least 24 units must be in courses in the 6000 series. No course numbered 1000 to 2999 (or equivalent if taken elsewhere) may be used as part of the 48-unit graduate degree program.
No more than two courses per quarter may be completed in the MPA program. Courses are offered in all quarters, including the summer quarter. Students are admitted as a cohort and follow a degree completion roadmap designed for that cohort.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in all 48 quarter units taken to satisfy the degree requirements. Students who fail to maintain progress by falling below a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses for two consecutive quarters will be academically disqualified from the university. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within 5 years.
Students accumulating more than 8 units of work graded "I" (Incomplete) may not register for further courses applicable to the degree until the "I" grades are removed.
- Core Courses (20 units)
All students must take the following five courses prior to taking the option courses:
- PUAD 6801 Public Policy Formulation (4)
- PUAD 6811 Human Organizations and Social Realities (4)
- PUAD 6812 Changing Human Organizations (4)
- PUAD 6831 Research Methods in Public Administration I (4)
- PUAD 6832 Research Methods in Public Administration II (4)
- Option Areas (24 units)
Students choose one of the following options to specialize in the area of their choice in the MPA Program. Options include four courses designated to the option, and 8 units of electives which must be taken inside the department.
- Health Care Administration (24 units)
Designed for students who are preparing for an administration, management or policy analyst career in the health care field. The option area focuses on health policy, health services delivery, and management issues in a variety of health care organizations.
Required courses (16 units):
- HCA 6200 US Health Care System (4)
- HCA 6250 Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations (4)
- HCA 6260 Health Care Policy Analysis (4)
- HCA 6270 Health Care Management (4)
Select two from the following:
- HCA 6201 Introduction to Health Informatics (4)
- HCA 6202 Project and Change Management in Health Informatics (4)
- HCA 6210 Leadership and Change In Health Care Organizations (4)
- HCA 6225 Organization Theory and Behavior in Health Care (4)
- HCA 6240 Health Care Financing and Budgeting (4)
- HCA 6275 Evolution of Managed Care (4)
- HCA 6280 Legal And Ethical Issues In Health Care (4)
- HCA 6290 Health Care Quality Assessment and Improvement (4)
- Public Management and Policy Analysis (24 units)
Designed for students who are focused on managing organizational resources and who wish to be actively involved in the design and implementation of public policy. This option area gives students the skills and knowledge base necessary to be an effective public manager or policy analyst.
Required courses (16 units)
- PUAD 6815 Ethics and Administrative Responsibility (4)
- PUAD 6842 Governmental Budgeting (4)
- PUAD 6850 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (4)
- PUAD 6864 Managing Public Organizations (4)
Select two from the following:
- PUAD 6762 Group Procedures and Facilitation (4)
- PUAD 6802 Seminar in Public Policy Implementation (4)
- PUAD 6809 Seminar in Public Program Evaluation (4)
- PUAD 6830 Advanced Information Management in Public Organizations (4)
- PUAD 6854 Seminar in Public Labor Relations (4)
- PUAD 6869 Topics in Public Management (4)
- PUAD 6893 Internship in Public Administration (4)
- PUAD 6999 Issues in Public Administration (4)
- Health Care Administration (24 units)
- Capstone Course (4 units)
Students are required to take one of the following:
PUAD 6901 Graduate Synthesis (4) and Comprehensive Exam
or PUAD 6909 Departmental Thesis (4) or PUAD 6910 University Thesis (4)
Comprehensive Exam, Departmental or University Thesis
Students have a choice of completing the program with a Departmental or University Thesis or Comprehensive Examination. Students must satisfy the University Writing Skills Test requirements before they will be allowed to enroll in PUAD 6901, PUAD 6909, or PUAD 6910. Students who wish to take the Comprehensive Examination must first enroll in PUAD 6901, Graduate Synthesis (4 units). Upon the successful completion of the course, they become eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam, which is a proctored essay exam. Students who fail the Comprehensive Exam may either retake PUAD 6901 and the Exam one additional time, or they may instead decide at that time to enroll in PUAD 6909, Departmental Thesis, or PUAD 6910, University Thesis.
Students who choose to take PUAD 6909, Departmental Thesis, or PUAD 6910, University Thesis, should be aware of the procedural differences between a departmental and university thesis. While each carries 4 units of graduate credit, the university thesis requires a two-faculty member committee. The University Thesis Committee meets as called by the student or the faculty and includes the submission of the thesis to the University for final approval and binding. Two bound copies are required (one for the department and one for the university library). The university thesis deadline dates are listed at: Academic Calendar. A departmental thesis is directed by one faculty member. Students completing the departmental thesis may either sign up individually with a faculty advisor or meet in a scheduled graduate course. Two copies of the departmental thesis are required for the department.
Grades of "SP" (Satisfactory Progress) may be given for a thesis that is not completed at the end of the quarter. The "SP" grade must be removed within five years or it will become an "F."
Granting the Degree
Upon satisfaction of all requirements for the degree, the department will recommend that the candidate be granted the Degree of Master of Public Administration. Students must file for graduation by the second week of the quarter prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|5000||Philosophy of Public Administration (4)
Critical analysis of emerging domestic and global ideas and issues shaping and being shaped by the public sector. Theoretical perspectives on understanding values, ethics, citizenship, public good, and search for democratic administration. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800, 4830.
|5900||Independent Study (1-4)|
They are restricted to "Conditionally Classified" and "Classified Graduate" students.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6762||Group Procedures and Facilitation (4)
Focus on becoming a lifelong learner and change manager by developing self-awareness and critical reflection skills. Explore learning styles, managing oneself, interpersonal skills, systems and integrative thinking, group processes and managing change. Includes discussion, group activities, and case problems. Prerequisite: PUAD 6812 or HCA 4200.
|6801||Public Policy Formulation (4)
Critical analysis of public policy-making processes; interrelationships among policy formulation, implementation, evaluation, and revision; alternative models of the policy process. Prerequisite: PUAD 4800.
|6802||Seminar in Public Policy Implementation (4)
Developing strategies and tactics for identifying and solving implementation problems. Implementation as a design, evaluative, and learning process. Analysis of implementation case studies. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.
|6809||Seminar in Public Program Evaluation (4)
Assessment of policy impact and effectiveness; analysis of program objectives; methods of evaluation; developing action-oriented evaluation processes; administration of evaluation systems. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.
|6811||Human Organizations and Social Realities (4)
Post-modernist approaches to the understanding of organizational realities, including phenomenological, critical, feminist, and other interpretive approaches; subjective, intersubjective, contextual, historical influences; organizational socialization and personality growth, personal and organizational value development and human effectiveness. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800 and 4830.
|6812||Changing Human Organizations (4)
Application of interpretive, critical, and postmodern theories to changing organizations; use of meaning-centered, experientially grounded theories for understanding organizational cultures; personal praxis in changing organizations. Prerequisite: PUAD 6811.
|6815||Ethics and Administrative Responsibility (4)
Ethical dimensions of the public service; value dilemmas, administrative ethics and accountability, responsibility in making public choices, whistle-blowing, the public interest; equality and equity in democracy. Prerequisites: PUAD 6801 and 6811.
|6830||Advanced Information Management in Public Organizations (4)
Critical examination of the use of information management; e-government; implications of using analytical techniques for public policy analysis, budgeting, decision making, knowledge management, and improvement of client services. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800 and 4830.
|6831||Research Methods in Public Administration I (4)
Theory and methods of interpretive research in the public sector. Emphasis on meaning-centered and inductive modes of data-gathering and analysis, including interviews, participant observation, ethnographic methods and the development of grounded theory. Issues in case study presentation and field research narratives. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800, 4830, and 5000.
|6832||Research Methods in Public Administration II (4)
Positivistic research methods; uses of quantitative and computer analysis; application of quantitative approaches to organizational improvement, policy research, and decision making; implementation of research design; examination of the logic underlying application of quantitative methods and statistical techniques. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800, 4830, and 5000.
|6842||Governmental Budgeting (4)
Governmental budgeting as political and social process; administrative control at federal, state, local levels; central budget agencies and budget offices in operating agencies, budgets as planning, policymaking and management instruments; executive-legislative relationships. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.
|6850||Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (4)
Development of public service concepts and institutions; assessment of public personnel methods and organizations; interaction with other management functions, and with the executive and legislative processes; influence of social and political values upon public service concepts. Prerequisite: PUAD 6811.
|6854||Seminar in Public Labor Relations (4)
History and present legal status of public labor relations; changing concepts and their implications for existing institutions; processes and values in public personnel systems; dispute resolution; cooperative labor/management committees and other current issues. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.
|6864||Managing Public Organizations (4)
The responsibilities of the public sector manager; differences between private and public sector management; short versus long-term management in the public sector. Critical examination of public managers as strategic leaders. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.
|6869||Topics in Public Management (4)
Specialized investigations of public management issues and problems selected by instructor. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801. May be repeated once for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.
|6893||Internship in Public Administration (1-4)
Academically challenging field placements in half-time or full-time positions with governmental agencies under the supervision of university faculty member. Examination of the relationship of theory to practice in the provisions of public service. Prerequisites: "Classified Graduate" status and the consent of the Internship Coordinator. CR/NC grading only.
|6897||Community Health Administration Practicum (4)
Practical experiences through field work with community agencies, emphasis on improving a student's ability to activate community resources and support sustainable wellness communities. Prerequisites: HCA 4200, and either PUAD 4830 or MGMT 3614.
|6898||Cooperative Education (1-4)
Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities. Prerequisites: at least a 3.0 GPA; the approval of the Internship Coordinator. May be repeated for credit, for a maximum of 8 units. A maximum of 4 units will be accepted toward the Master of Public Administration degree. CR/NC grading only.
|6900||Independent Study (1-4)|
|6901||Graduate Synthesis (4)
A synthesis of public administration theories and concepts through a critique of major readings in the field. Prerequisite for Comprehensive Examination. Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy (completion of all core courses, option area requirements, and electives) and consent of instructor.
|6909||Departmental Thesis (1-4)
Development and writing of a research paper for submission to the department, which specifies its format. Supervision by a departmental faculty member. Oral defense normally required. (See also "Departmental Thesis Guidelines," available in department office.) Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and consent of thesis advisor. Maximum of 4 units per student.
|6910||University Thesis (1-4)
Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the university in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Oral defense normally required. (See also "University Thesis Writing Guide," www.csueastbay.edu/thesiswritingguide.) Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and consent of Thesis Committee. Maximum of 4 units per student.
|6999||Issues in Public Administration (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in public administration. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.