China Master of Public Administration
The intensive one-year China MPA program is designed for the students from China. Applications for admission to the program are individually evaluated by the MPA Admissions Committee. To be admitted to the program, an applicant is expected to meet the following criteria:
- Must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in the undergraduate study;
- Must take and pass an English proficiency exam administered by the representatives from our department and UIC’s US Asia Executive Development Office;
- Must receive a bachelor degree from a 4-year accredited higher education institution before enrollment.
The curriculum has 13 courses, including the required courses for all of our MPA students, plus a customized concentration in city management. All courses will be taught by highly-qualified experts in the respective areas.
- The core curriculum is the same as our regular MPA students. We require that the students complete two core courses (PA 407 and PA 410) before the one-year term.
- The courses are delivered separately from regular MPA. One semester runs through 12 weeks, and each session is 4-hour. The total number of class hours remains the same as our regular MPA courses.
- The students come as a cohort through the entire study at UIC. There will be opportunities to interact with our regular MPA students.
Courses and Descriptions
- PA 400: Public Administration Theory
This course examines development of public administration as a professional and scholarly area of knowledge and practice focusing on administrative reform and its intellectual roots. It covers politics versus administration, efficiency, effectiveness, representative bureaucracy, and market versus bureaucratic alternatives.
- PA 407: Data Analysis for Public Administration
This course examines topics and methods of analyzing data relevant to the administration and management of public programs and organizations. It includes causation, univariate statistics, significance testing, correlation, and regression.
- PA 410: Economics for Public Administration and Policy Decisions
This course examines basic economic tools and methods relevant to public administration and current policy, including opportunity cost, competition versus monopoly, economic efficiency, equity, market failure, public goods, and externalities.
- PA 502: The Legal Context of Public Administration
This course examines legal basis and statutory framework for administrative agencies and actions in government. It covers relationship between courts and public agencies, rulemaking and adjudicative powers of public agencies, and impact of specific laws on government.
- PA 503: Public Personnel Management
This course examines history and current innovations in managing personnel and other areas of human resources. It covers compensation, classification, affirmative action, performance appraisal, labor relations, and unions, as well as statutory and court decisions affecting government personnel issues.
- PA 504: Budgeting for Public Administration
This course examines processes and methods relevant to government finances and fiscal health: revenues, taxation, budget formulation, operating budgets, cost analysis, planning and performance, budget reforms, politics, capital budgeting, and role of budgeting in management.
- PA 506: Policy Development and Analysis for Public Administrators
This course examines the process by which public policies are formulated, decided on, implemented, and evaluated. It covers techniques of analysis appropriate for various policy issues, and substantive policy issues facing us today.
- PA 521: Strategic Management: Planning and Measurement
This course examines strategies and issues relating to the strategic management of public and quasi-public organizations. It addresses strategic planning and performance measurement processes within organizations.
- PA 463: The Internet and Public Administration
This course examines application of the Internet for public management. It covers web-based service delivery, online governance, the technological divide, and the changing role of public managers.
- PA 538: Nonprofit Management
This course examines management and governance in nonprofit organizations. It covers issues relevant to various types of third-sector organizations: volunteer management, membership, fundraising, relationships with boards of directors, faith-based organizations, grant management, service delivery, philanthropies and missions, finance and reporting requirements, and performance.
- PA 494-1: Principles of Urban Development
This course examines the social, economic, governmental and physical systems that support cities. It begins by examining why cities exist and the economic functions they serve. Then it examines land use patterns, location, density and urban governmental structures/forms, followed with an overview of transportation, housing, environmental concerns, education and health.
- PA 494-2: Institutions and Processes of Urban Planning, Development and Regulation
This course examines methods of planning, management and public service provision in urban areas. It begins by examining the theories and principles of government regulation and intervention with a focus on urban planning and policy analysis. It then examines institutional structures and processes to deal with urban needs and problems, including approaches to evaluation, regulation and finance.
- PA 590: Public Administration Capstone
This course is an integration of classroom learning with practical experience. Students will work in groups to solve real problems for public and non-profit organizations. Extensive collaboration is required among group members outside of class time. Students should expect significant field work at their assigned organizations.
Evaluation and Completion
Students in the program are evaluated using homework assignments, quizzes, tests, exams, papers, projects, etc. Instructions will be in English. Instructors will provide help to students in the form of tutoring and discussions during their office hours.
After meeting all degree requirements, the students will receive the MPA degree, which is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) – the well-recognized global accreditor of MPA degree programs. The students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in all the 13 courses. Any course with a grade below C must be retaken.
This program is established under a contractual agreement between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Capital University of Economics and Business. For more information please contact Dr. Yonghong Wu, Associate Professor and Director of International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the School of Economics at the Capital University of Economics and Business at email@example.com.
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