1 Academic Year College of Business & Public Management Master of Public Administration Gabriela De La Cruz-Read MPA 12 BA Communications '07 Public Affairs Representative Monte Vista Water District Ash Nikravan MPA 14 Air Quality Specialist South Coast AQMD Jennifer Clark MPA 14 BS Sociology 09 Case Manager, Senior Services Program Coordinator Santa Anita Family Service
2 Master of Public Administration I truly believe the education I received at the University changed my life. Gabriela De La Cruz-Read MPA 12 BA Communications '07 Public Affairs Representative Monte Vista Water District Watch Gabriela s Video laverne.edu/mpa As a professionally oriented program, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the University of La Verne: Prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit administration in local, state, and national government Strengthens the competence of those currently serving in the field of public administration and nonprofit management Provides a foundation for students interested in seeking further graduate studies or specializations in public affairs and administration Program Mission Statement The mission of the University of La Verne s Master of Public Administration Program is to offer an innovative and practical curriculum that stresses intellectual and theoretical foundations of the field to professionals preparing to take on socially responsible roles in public leadership and service. The mission will be achieved through a curriculum that emphasizes: Management of organizational resources The changing context (contextual nature) of public administration Analytic and decision-making capacity Students will also develop an understanding of: The practice of public administration in diverse public organizations The ethical dimensions of public service The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) universal competencies are framed within the La Verne MPA mission. 2 These competencies include the following: To lead and manage in public governance To participate in and contribute to the public policy process To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions To articulate and apply a public service perspective To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry Features and Benefits The MPA Program is accredited by NASPAA. The features and benefits of the MPA Program include: Personal attention, networking, and a high level of interaction among students and faculty An emphasis on skills development and civic professionalism Up-to-date core courses and choice of concentrations Courses focused on active learning, including an elective travel course and applied project opportunities Well-qualified faculty members who are highly competent professionals and dedicated to public service Year-round coursework allowing students to begin the MPA in any of four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) A highly diverse institution, drawing students, faculty, and staff from an interesting variety of backgrounds, professions, and disciplines A computerized research laboratory Full library resources and career services offered to all students and alumni Tutoring and mentoring offered by the Graduate Success Center Classes are designed to fit the schedules of working professionals. Courses are generally offered in the evening, Monday through Friday. A few classes may be offered during the day on Saturday. Some courses are offered as hybrid (50% in person and 50% online/field research). La Verne s MPA Program is one of only two university partners of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC), demonstrating our commitment to engage our students in professional associations, and the practice of local government administration. Our faculty, students, and alumni are also actively involved with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Women Leading Government, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and other professional organizations. We host an annual City Manager in Residence program, ASPA dinners with elected and appointed leaders, and support activities to promote diversity in local government.
3 Ron Fleming 2012 MPA Curriculum Director of Transportation and Distribution Services University of California, Irvine The University helped me become the confident and successful woman I am today. Jennifer Clark MPA 14 BS Sociology 09 Case Manager, Senior Services Program Coordinator, Santa Anita Family Service Watch Jennifer s Video laverne.edu/mpa The MPA curriculum is designed to address current and emerging issues facing the field of public administration in our region and across the country. One of the hallmarks of the La Verne MPA Program is our innovative curriculum and our ability to quickly adapt that curriculum to the needs of our students. The Master of Public Administration Program totals 13 courses, three units each (39 semester hours/units): Required Core Courses 9 courses (27 semester hours) PADM 501 PADM 510 PADM 531 PADM 533 PADM 534 PADM 555 PADM 561 PADM 582 PADM 596 Public Administration and Society Public Management and Leadership Organizational Theory and Development Policy Formation Budgeting and Fiscal Management Ethics in Administration Legal Environment of Public Administration Quantitative Methods for Public Management Graduate Seminar Internship PADM 598 Public Service Internship Students without previous public, nonprofit, or service sector experience must take PADM 598 Public Service Internship (3 semester hours) during the course of the program. This requirement is in addition to the 39 semester hours needed for the MPA. Concentrations (a minimum of 4 courses or 12 units) Students can select the concentration that addresses their individual career needs. All courses are 3 semester hours. Courses in one concentration are not interchangeable with courses in other concentrations. Students may pursue more than one concentration. Urban Management and Affairs Focuses on developing skills in managing the urban metropolitan environment. PADM 538 Collaborative Public Management PADM 570 Urban and Community Politics (required course) PADM 572 Managing Complex Systems PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration* PADM 586 Economics of the Public Sector PADM 587 Managing Sustainable Communities Policy Focuses on developing analytic skills necessary to communicate meaningful interpretation of policy and processes that address or impact social problems. PADM 528 Program Evaluation (pre-requisite: PADM 582 Quantitative Methods for Public Management) PADM 536 Policy Analysis (required course) PADM 539 Special Topics in Public Policy (pre-requisite: PADM 533 Policy Formation) PADM 580 Applied Policy Research (pre-requisite: PADM 582 Quantitative Methods for Public Management) PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration* PADM 586 Economics of the Public Sector Nonprofit Management courses (MGMT) are offered by the Business Management and Leadership Department MGMT 530 Managing Nonprofits MGMT 531 Marketing for Nonprofits MGMT 532 Effective Fundraising MGMT 533 Accounting and Compliance for Nonprofits PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration* * May be applied to a MPA concentration if offered. J.D./MPA Dual Degree Program Requires admission to and completion of both programs. Required Courses 9 MPA core courses (27 semester hours) Joint MPA/Law Classes ** Up to 4 classes maximum (12 semester hours) ** Law classes are reviewed for acceptance in the MPA Program. Students may elect to have up to 12 law semester hours transferred toward the MPA degree program. 3
4 Description of Public Administration Courses (PADM) PADM 501 Public Administration and Society Introduces public administration. Includes learning basic skills and presentation skills. (Must be taken the 1st term of study. If not offered the 1st term, then must be completed the 2nd term of study). PADM 510 Public Management and Leadership Analyzes contemporary theories of leadership and their applicability on the public and nonprofit sectors. Also emphasizes the range of behaviors and actions relevant to leadership in contemporary governmental organizations and the analysis of factors resulting in leadership success or failure. PADM 528 Program Evaluation Reviews program evaluation, emphasizing public and nonprofit programs. Also addresses conceptual and practical considerations related to research design, sampling, data collection and analysis, and performance measurement. (pre-requisite: PADM 582 Quantitative Methods for Public Management) PADM 531 Organizational Theory and Development Examination of theories related to organizations and employee development as they pertain to the public and nonprofit sectors. Themes may include foundational theories; organizational structure and design; organizational culture; diversity and inclusivity; career development, generational differences, and succession planning, and/or organizational change. PADM 533 Policy Formation Examines policy agenda-setting and formation. Includes problem definition and focusing events, interest group and policy entrepreneur involvement, policy development, and legislative processes. PADM 534 Budgeting and Fiscal Management Emphasizes budgeting and financial management in the public sector. Focuses on fiscal sustainability, transparency, and accountability issues. Students gain an understanding of fiscal tools and develop skills for budgeting and fiscal analysis. PADM 536 Policy Analysis Provides a review of theories and tools utilized in the analysis of public policy. Emphasis is placed on how policy can be informed through extended civic and deliberative processes. Required course within the Policy Concentration. PADM 538 Collaborative Public Management Emphasizes and describes the skills needed by public administrators in collaborating with special interest groups, political appointees and elected officials. Focuses on the practice of public administration as governance in a shared powered world, and on the value of networks and the skills needed by public administrators in the facilitation of and participation in networks of governance. PADM 539 Special Topics in Public Policy Selected topics of current interest and importance. Explores a particular policy area in detail. (pre-requisite: PADM 533 Policy Formation) PADM 555 Ethics in Administration Studies moral reasoning and values as they apply to social responsibility in the leadership of public, private, and nonprofit entities in increasingly diverse organizational and social contexts. PADM 561 Legal Environment of Public Administration Examines the legal foundations and environment of public administration in the United States. It analyzes how constitutional dynamics and administrative law affect the administrative state, judicial review, and discretionary judgment of civil servants. 4 PADM 570 Urban and Community Politics Examines urban populations, governance, and civic engagement. Themes may include demographic trends in urban and suburban areas; economic development; interactions among managers, elected officials, and community leaders; civic participation and community groups. Required course within the Urban Management and Affairs Concentration. PADM 572 Managing Complex Systems Provides a review of theories and tools utilized in conceptualizing and managing in complex urban systems. Focuses on two aspects of managing complexity: (1) Managing a complex organization; and (2) Managing within a complex urban system PADM 580 Applied Policy Research Detailed examination of particular policy issues. Includes research and analysis, along with development of professional reports and presentations. May include projects for particular public and nonprofit organizations (pre-requisite: PADM 582 Quantitative Methods for Public Management). PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration Presents concepts of bureaucracy, system transformation, national administrative systems, and politics in developed and developing nations. PADM 582 Quantitative Analysis for Public Management Designed to develop practical competence in quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques for managing in the public and nonprofit sectors. PADM 586 Economics of the Public Sector Explores public economics. Topics include theories of public goods, externalities, asymmetric information, efficiency-equity tradeoff, and issues involved in government failure. PADM 587 Managing Sustainable Communities Provides an overview of local planning processes with an orientation towards planning for economic, social, and ecological long-term well-being of the community. The course focuses on issues of New Urbanism as a means to develop, manage, and redevelop communities in metropolitan areas. PADM 596 Graduate Seminar Culminating activity for the master s program. Includes preparation, presentation, discussion and evaluation of research papers researched and written by each student. PADM 598 Public Service Internship Provides internship for three months in elected or administrative offices in greater Los Angeles. Directed study only. Description of Management Courses (MGMT) MGMT 530 Managing Nonprofits (3 credit hours) Addresses the uniqueness of managing nonprofits. Explores the fundamental challenges to effective leadership of nonprofit organizations. MGMT 531 Marketing for Nonprofits Introduces marketing for the not-for-profit sector. Examines a wide range of activities that are unique to marketing social causes. MGMT 532 Effective Fundraising Concentrates on the planning, organization, and programming required to accomplish fundraising objectives in an ethical manner. MGMT 533 Accounting and Compliance for Nonprofits Provides an introduction to major issues in nonprofit financial accounting regulations and practice.
5 Academic Calendar and Admission The Master of Public Administration Program is offered according to the University of La Verne accelerated term system. There are four ten-week terms in each academic year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. New students are encouraged to start their studies in either the Fall or Spring terms, but can begin in any term. Additional MPA departmental information may be accessed through the Internet by going to: laverne.edu/mpa. Once there, click on the Class Schedule link and follow the prompts. Tuition The University of La Verne is an independent, nonsectarian and nonprofit institution. The University tries to maintain low tuition in order to make higher education affordable to all prospective students. The tuition charged will always be that rate which is current for the program in which the student is enrolled. Current tuition and fees for the MPA Program are included in the application folder. Admission Requirements At the University of La Verne, we accept applications and admit qualified students throughout the year. To be eligible for acceptance into the MPA Program, applicants must meet the following criteria: A bachelor s degree from a regionally accredited college or university A preferred GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 semester units of undergraduate study (minimum required GPA of 2.8), and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate study A 1-2 page statement of purpose that demonstrates: 1) the ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study; 2) experience and interest in public and/or nonprofit administration; and 3) how the La Verne MPA Program complements the student s interest in public service and public service values. Two positive letters of recommendation discussing academic and/or professional qualifications from work supervisors, college professors, and/or public service professionals A current resumé/curriculum vitae Internet access and an account Additional Requirements Additional requirements, if needed, may include but are not limited to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a personal interview with the MPA Director. Program Requirements Students in the master degree program must maintain an academic achievement of at least a 3.0 GPA (B grade or better). All degree coursework must be completed within five years of registration as a graduate student at the University of La Verne. International students with a degree from an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction and of the geographic area must establish minimal proficiency in English. The English language requirement could be accomplished by one of the following: a) a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL of 80 (internet-based, equivalent of 550 paper-based score or 213 computer-based TOEFL), or more; and b) satisfactory completion of the University of La Verne English Proficiency Test (EPT-5.50 and higher). c) International students (IELTS ) with F-1 or J-1 visas may apply to and attend only the central campus in La Verne, California Transfer Credit Up to twelve semester hours of credit may be transferred from an accredited university or college to the University of La Verne s graduate degree program if: The units are applicable to the University of La Verne MPA curriculum The units were acceptable as graduate degree coursework in the transferring school A grade of B or better was earned for the units The coursework was taken from an accredited institution within five years prior to transfer to the University of La Verne The units are approved by the MPA Director upon admission 5
6 Registration My La Verne training helped me to improve and create public value, both locally and globally. Ash Nikravan MPA 14 Air Quality Specialist, South Coast AQMD Watch Ash s Video laverne.edu/mpa University Policies, Fees, and Services Students register for classes through MyLaVerne a secure online link to student records at laverne.edu. Wilson Library The Elvin and Betty Wilson Library, the University s central library, owns more than 250,000 physical volumes, 53,000 journals (print and electronic), 14,000 electronic books, and over 8,000 audio-visual items. The library provides access to an online catalog (LEOpac), over 81 electronic databases for scholarly research and a mobile app. The library also provides technical support in the use of the Blackboard course management system to faculty and students. Research assistance is available to all La Verne students in person and via telephone, online chat, or . Access to additional libraries and materials is possible through various service agreements, including LINK+, LEODelivers, and IEALC. Additional information can found at library.laverne.edu. Graduate Success Center Located in the Campus Center, the GSC provides support programs for graduate students in the areas of advanced writing and statistical consultation, career services consultation, comprehensive orientations, academic success workshops, a virtual learning community, and mentoring. Financial Aid There are a variety of financial assistance programs available depending on the individual s financial situation and income level. Students who wish to receive financial aid for their education should begin the application process at the time they apply for admission to the University of La Verne. Admission to the University is required before the financial aid application can be reviewed. For more information on financial aid, please visit laverne.edu/financial-aid or call to speak with a financial aid advisor. Accreditation The University of La Verne is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Master of Public Administration Program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Our Classes The College of Business & Public Management shares La Verne s tradition of, and commitment to, personalized academic attention. Our class sizes increase opportunities for student/faculty interaction, critical thinking, skill enhancement, and a collegial learning atmosphere among students. 6
7 Dean s Message Local government, governmental agencies, and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) are looking for Public Administration graduates who have an understanding of not only the role of the individual, of businesses, of local, state, and federal government, but also how they fit together to lead and institute change, and utilize technology to promote organizational objectives. In my role as Dean of the College of Business & Public Management, I am extremely proud of the academic quality of the University of La Verne Master of Public Administration Program and its ability to address the needs of local governments, preparing students for positions in local government and public service. Public service agencies seek individuals who have the ability to effectively solve problems and be innovative, possess good communication skills, demonstrate ethics, and embrace diversity. That is what our program addresses. The MPA offered by the University is designed to provide our students with a broad-based management education that emphasizes the application of theory to management practice, building the conceptual skills and core values needed to become effective leaders and managers in today s rapidly changing environment. Our program consists of nationally recruited faculty and, since 2000, our program has maintained national accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The MPA Program is designed to meet the needs of the working professional as well as those who have limited work experience. Our evening class schedule is flexible enough to accommodate students with different needs and responsibilities. La Verne s legacy of close relationships and personalized education is a foundation on which we continue to build. Such personalization between faculty and students, and among the students themselves encapsulates the difference between us and other learning institutions. When you enroll in the MPA, you are embraced by an academic environment made up of committed and well-trained faculty, a diverse community of scholars and learners, and access to a network of students and practitioners who hold public service positions throughout our communities. The academic quality of our programs, the convenience of our schedules, and most importantly, the commitment of our faculty and staff, make our program one of the most sought after in Southern California. I hope you seriously consider the opportunity to earn your Master of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. It is an investment that will reward you for a lifetime. Abe Helou, Ph.D. Dean, College of Business & Public Management Full-Time Faculty Suzanne Beaumaster, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration, Director, DPA Program Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Polytechnic and State University MPA, Northern Kentucky University BBA, Ohio University Marcia Godwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Administration Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont Graduate University MAPP, Claremont Graduate University MPA, California State University, Northridge BA, California Polytechnic State University Soomi Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Public Administration Ph.D., Economics and Political Science, Claremont Graduate University MA, Claremont Graduate University MA, Ewha Womans University BA, Ewha Womans University Kevin S. Marshall, Ph.D., J.D. Associate Professor of Law Ph.D., University of Texas, Dallas J.D., Emory University School of Law MPA, University of Texas, Dallas BA, Knox College Jack W. Meek, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration Director, Master of Public Administration Program Ph.D. International Relations, Claremont Graduate University BA, University of La Verne Keith Schildt, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration Chair, Department of Public and Health Administration Ph.D., Political Science, Northern Illinois University MPA, Northern Illinois University MA, Roosevelt University BA, Roosevelt University Adrian Marcelino-Velazquez, Ph.D. Ph.D., in Public Affairs, University of Texas, Dallas Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Dallas Baccalaureate in Law, Universidad de Guanajuato Matthew Witt, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration Ph.D., Urban Studies, Portland State University BS, Reed College, Portland Adjunct Faculty Fernando Campos, DPA (candidate) Inspector General, City of Los Angeles DPA Candidate, University of La Verne MS, California State University, Los Angeles BS, California State University, Los Angeles Noel Hacegaba, DPA Acting Executive Deputy Director, Port of Long Beach DPA, University of La Verne MA, MPL, University of Southern California BA, BS, University of Southern California Steve Harding, MPA Senior Consultant, Kosmont Companies City Manager, City of Jurupa Valley MPA, Long Beach State University BA, University of California, Los Angeles Philip A. Hawkey, J.D. Special Assistant to the President, University of La Verne J.D., Cleveland State University MA, Ohio State University BA, Baldwin Wallace College Cynthia J. Kurtz, MA President and CEO, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership MA, University of Iowa BA, Pennsylvania State University Tamara Letourneau, MPA Assistant Chief Executive Officer, City of Costa Mesa MPA, California State University, Long Beach BS, California State Polytechnic University Marcella Marlowe, Ph.D. Assistant City Manager, City of San Gabriel Ph.D., Political Science, University of Southern California MA, University of Southern California BA, University of Southern California Staff Claude Bahouth Program Coordinator/Advisor
8 La Verne is a national, comprehensive university offering excellence in higher education since The MPA Program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Third Street La Verne, CA laverne.edu 877-GO-TO-ULV Visit the MPA web site: laverne.edu/mpa /