Arizona State SPA

ArizonaStateArizona State University, School of Public Affairs – MPA and MPP

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The School of Public Affairs (SPA) is one of four schools within Arizona State University’s College of Public Service & Community Solutions.

Curriculum Design: The Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers a substantial list of course electives for the MPA and MPP degrees. The two degrees have somewhat overlapping required core courses. Our PEACO analysis below suggests that typical Arizona State MPA students takes 38% of their courses in what we call management-oriented subjects and 62% in policy-oriented subjects, while typical MPP students take 30% of their courses in management-oriented subjects and 70% in policy-oriented subjects. The percentage of courses in math-economics subjects is 17% for the MPA and 24% for the MPP. Given the 14 one-semester-course-equivalent degree requirement for both degrees, this places the Arizona State MPA in what we call the “medium course requirement, policy-oriented, lower math-economics” curriculum type, shared with the Oregon MPA and the USC MPA. It places the Arizona State MPP in what we call the “medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics” curricular type, shared with the Syracuse MPA and the George Washington University MPP. The JSGS Program provides a relatively high number of courses and a relatively high proportion of courses taught within the school.

Professional Program Features: The SPA has an Office of Career Services (https://spa.asu.edu/career-services, accessed 10 April 2015), including pages on Career Tips (https://spa.asu.edu/career-services/career-tips-archives) and Alumni Resources (https://spa.asu.edu/career-services/alumni-resources). Neither the School nor the College list research centres or initiatives on their websites.

Program Summary

Website: https://spa.asu.edu/

University: Arizona State University

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP)  

Marketing Approach:

MPA: “[The MPA] degree is the professional degree for people who want a public service career in management. Students develop the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems while addressing organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges.” (At http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/the-mpa-mpp-degree, accessed 6 March 2014).

MPP: “[The MPP] program allows students to approach the study of public policy with a focus on public policy in the urban setting. The MPP program prepares students for professional careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service involved in the formulation, approval, implementation, and evaluation of public policy at all levels of government and in the private and non-profit sectors.” (At http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/the-mpa-mpp-degree, accessed 6 March 2014).

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: School of Public Affairs with in the College of Public Service & Community Solutions. The other three schools are Community Resources & Development; Criminology & Criminal Justice; and Social Work.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The School of Public Affairs’ graduate programs are listed at http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters. The certificate programs most closely related to the MPA/MPP offered at the School include: Participatory Governance, Policy Informatics, Public Administration, Public Policy. The concurrent programs most closely related include: MPA/Social work, MPA/Criminology, MPA/Sustainability, MPA/Planning, MPP/Criminology, MPP/Sustainability, MPP/Planning.

Posted Tuition: MPA: $13,318 tuition and fees per year, MPP: $13,318 tuition and fees per year, for domestic students entering in 2013-2014 (at https://students.asu.edu/tuition, accessed 7 May 2014).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: Both the MPA and MPP are 14 semester-course degrees, with, respectively, 9 and 11 core courses.

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  The MPA program consists of 42 hours (14 courses) of graduate credit. Students take 9 core courses in the School of Public Affairs and 5 approved electives within the School of Public Affairs or other. There are two approved optional concentration areas within the Master of Public Administration degree: a concentration in Urban Management and a concentration in Nonprofit Administration. The Urban Management concentration provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers in local urban government management and enables students to develop the skills and techniques used by city and urban leaders and managers. The concentration in Nonprofit Administration is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector and who wish to explore research, theory, and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector. It is not required to complete a concentration.

Duration: Students have 6 years to complete the degree from the first MPA/MPP class.

Academic Prerequisite: Students enrolling in core MPA courses must demonstrate minimum competency in statistics and American government. Competency in statistics is met with a grade of B or higher in one of the approved courses (PAF 301, POS 401, PSY 230, QBA 221, SWU 321, ECN 221, STP 226 or SOC 390) within the past two years or by passing a diagnostic test approved by the MPA/P Committee. Other courses taken within the last two years may be substituted upon approval of the MPA/P Director. Competency in American government is a demonstrated understanding of American government institutions and processes. Students may be required to take an undergraduate class in American government (PAF 200, PAF 300, PAF 340, POS 110 or POS 310). The CLEP Exam can be used to demonstrate competency in American government.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14

Number of Required Courses: 9 (including the MPA Capstone Course to be taken after the other core courses)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 5

Number of Electives Offered within Program:

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No, although a public service internship is recommended for students without previous administrative experience in government

International Study Required: No

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary: The MPP program consists of 42 hours (14 courses) of graduate credit. Students take 11 core courses in the School of Public Affairs and 3 approved elective courses. The MPP also offers an optional concentration in Policy Informatics where the electives are taken in required concentration courses.

Duration: Students have 6 years to complete the degree from the first MPA/MPP class.  Note 1: Applicants to the MPA and MPP programs are accepted year-round. Students may be granted admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Academic Prerequisite: Students enrolling in core MPP courses must demonstrate minimum competency in statistics and microeconomics. Competency in statistics is met with a grade of B or higher in one of the approved courses (PAF 301, POS 401, PSY 230, QBA 221, SWU 321, ECN 221, STP 226 or SOC 390) within the past two years or by passing a diagnostic test approved by the MPA/P Committee. Other courses taken within the last two years may be substituted upon approval of the MPA/MPP Director. Competency in microeconomics is met with undergraduate microeconomics course-work including coverage of market failure and public goods, or with a grade of B or higher in PAF 504 Public Affairs Economics or a similar course (PAF 201, ECN 212).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14

Number of Required Courses: 11 (including the MPP Capstone Course which must be taken after the other required courses)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 3

Number of Electives Offered within Program:

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No, although a public service internship is recommended for students without previous administrative experience in government

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: Yes. Perspectives in Public Affairs, at http://pipa.asu.edu/.

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 Arizona State courses is found at: http://spa.asu.edu/files/pdf/mpa-p-prospective-guide-1. In the CourseMap below, required courses are indicated by (R). Courses profiled in the Atlas as “Compass Courses” are marked with an asterisk (*). For these courses, the links in the CourseMap point to the profiles on the Atlas. For the remaining courses, the links point to the descriptions on the Arizona State course listing site.

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but few if any syllabi are available to the public online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.

 

Arizona Arizona
MPA MPP
I. Courses Required and Offered
Courses Required to Graduate 14 14
Required Courses 9 11
Elective Courses Taken by Typical Student 5 3
Elective Courses Listed 54 52
Enrolment Weight of Elective Course 0.09 0.06
Total Courses Listed 63 63
Program-Specific Courses Listed 63 63
Program-Specific/Total Listed (Enrolment-Adjusted) 100% 100%
II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas
     Domains and Subjects
Analysis and Skills 47.6% 63.3%
  – Policy and Management Analysis 12.4% 17.2%
  – Economic Analysis 7.8% 7.6%
  – Quantitative  and Analytic Methods 25.4% 30.6%
  – Leadership and Communication Skills 2.0% 8.0%
Institutions and Context 13.1% 10.9%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 8.5% 8.0%
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability 0.0% 0.0%
  – Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts 4.6% 2.9%
Management Functions 19.6% 10.9%
  – Public Financial Management 7.1% 0.4%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 1.3% 7.6%
  – Other Management Functions 11.1% 2.9%
Policy Sectors 10.6% 6.6%
  – Macroeconomic Policy 0.0% 0.0%
  – International Development 0.0% 0.0%
  – Health 0.0% 0.0%
  – Other Policy Sectors 10.6% 6.6%
                              Total 91% 92%
III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among
      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects
Policy-Oriented Subjects 61.6% 69.6%
Management-Oriented Subjects 38.4% 30.4%
Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets) 17.2% 23.8%
Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP) 40.2% 51.3%
Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR) 5.8% 3.6%
IV. Number of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by
      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains
Lead and Manage in Public Governance 2.99 2.77
Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process 1.69 1.83
Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions 4.79 5.50
Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives 1.08 0.86
Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry 0.73 1.21
Total Courses in “NASPAA-Required Subjects” 11.29 12.17
V. Ratio of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by
      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency
Lead and Manage in Public Governance 1.67 1.54
Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process 0.78 0.84
Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions 1.28 1.47
Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives 0.72 0.57
Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry 0.93 1.53
Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed 1.13 1.22

 

Source: At http://spa.asu.edu/files/pdf/mpa-p-prospective-guide-1, https://students.asu.edu/tuition, http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters , http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa, http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa/admissions, http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa/prerequisites, http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa/pos, http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa/nonprofit, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa/urban_management, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpp, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpp/admissions, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpp/prerequisites, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpp/pos, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpp/mpp-policy-informatics, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/financial_aid, https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/academic_standards,  http://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/the-mpa-mpp-degree, http://spa.asu.edu/students/catalog/?searchterm=course%20descriptions (accessed 7 May 2014).

Page created by: Laura Davidson on 7 May 2014 and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015 and last modified by Ian Clark on 12 December 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program’s structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation.

Arizona SPA MPA and MPP Course Map

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Analysis and Skills

Policy and Management Analysis

Economic Analysis

Quantitative Methods

Analytic Methods

Leadership Skills

Communication Skills


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Institutions and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

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Management Functions

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