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South University, Savannah Public Administration Master of Public Administration Degree Program

Public Administration programs offered at South University—savannah

Program Information

The Master of Public Administration degree program at South University, Savannah prepares students for work in local, state, and national governmental and non-profit organizations.

Students may pursue a degree in Public Administration at South University via three paths. The first path allows students to select a specialization from relevant areas such as Non-profit Administration, Public Policy, Criminal Justice, or Information Technology. The second path allows students to follow a general degree in Public Administration, which includes the five courses within the Core Curriculum, six specific courses from the Elective Courses, and the one Capstone Course. The third path allows students to create a custom course of study by mixing courses from the specialization and elective courses for their degree program.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Public Administration Degree program, students should be able to:

• Demonstrate thorough understanding of the political, social, institutional, and organizational setting in which practitioners in public administrators function.

• Comprehend and apply the concepts, principles, and methods of research in public administration to enhancing administrative functions and decision-making.

• Demonstrate thorough understanding of non-profit and government accounting requirements and ability to develop a comprehensive operating budget with multiple funding streams and varied contract periods and terms.

• Develop research design using scientific investigation and systematic inquiry in an area of public administration or public policy College of Business development or implementation.

• Gain comprehensive understanding of all aspects of strategic human resource management.

In addition to the above objectives, students completing the Non-profit Administration specialization should be able to:

• Gain a thorough understanding of the status of non-profit organizations in the United States, their legal and governance framework, and their general role in the area of public services.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of volunteers, their recruitment, training, and retention.

• Articulate the key challenges facing non-profit organizations in the areas of fundraising, marketing and public relations and the trends in private non-profit and private for-profit collaborations.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the grants process including locating potential funding sources (from foundations, corporations, and through government grants and contracts), evaluating Requests for Proposals (RFPs), developing all components of a grant application and of subsequent administrative, financial, and programmatic contract management.

• Demonstrate ability to conduct administrative, financial, and programmatic evaluations of non-profit organizations and government programs.

In addition to the above objectives, students completing the Public Policy specialization should be able to:

• Demonstrate ability to conduct administrative, financial, and programmatic evaluations of non-profit and government programs.

• Understand concepts of economics and its role in public policy making and demonstrate ability to use fundamentals in assessing policy options.

• Articulate the legislative and judicial processes involved in public policy making at the local, state, and federal levels.

• Demonstrate understanding of theories and ability to apply techniques of policy analysis to public policy making and to public sector and non-profit services and programs.

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