M.A. Degree Plans

In order to receive the Master of Arts degree in Public Administration or Master of Arts degree in Political Science, the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination of the coursework.  Click here to read more about the comprehensive exam requirements and how to schedule your comprehensive exam.

  Master of Arts in Public Administration

36 Semester Credit Hours

15 SCH in Required Courses:

  • PS 5303 Public Administration Survey
  • PS 5307 Scope and Methods in Social Science
  • PS 5310 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PS 5311 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PS 5313 Public Policy Analysis

6 SCH Chosen from the Following Courses:

  • PS 5301 Seminar in Comparative Government and Public Policy
  • PS 5302 Seminar in International Relations and Public Policy
  • PS 5315 Local Government Administration
  • PS 5316 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PS 5317 Seminar in US Government

9 -12 SCH in a Related Discipline

3-6 SCH of Additional Coursework in Political Science, to bring the total SCH to 36.

In order to graduate the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination of the coursework.  After mid-term of the last semester of the student’s studies, the student, in consultation with the Public Administration Advisor, will constitute an examining committee comprised of three faculty members, two of which must be from Political Science/Public Administration.  One member may be from a related discipline.  The committee will administer the oral examination.

Printable Degree Plan for Master of Arts in Public Administration

Master of Arts in Public Administration--General Political Science Option

36 Semester Credit Hours

15 SCH in Required Courses:

  • PS 5303 Public Administration Survey
  • PS 5307 Scope and Methods in Social Science
  • PS 5310 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PS 5311 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PS 5313 Public Policy Analysis

12 SCH Chosen from the Following Courses:

  • PS 5301 Seminar in Comparative Government and Public Policy
  • PS 5302 Seminar in International Relations and Public Policy
  • PS 5315 Local Government Administration
  • PS 5316 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PS 5317 Seminar in U.S. Government

9  SCH in a Related Discipline

In order to graduate the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination of the coursework.  After mid-term of the last semester of the student’s studies, the student, in consultation with the Public Administration Advisor, will constitute an examining committee comprised of three faculty members, two of which must be from Political Science/Public Administration.  One member may be from a related discipline.  The committee will administer the oral examination.

Printable Degree Plan for Master of Arts in Public Administration--General Political Science Option

MA Public Administration/MS in Criminal Justice (dual degree)

54 Semester Credit Hours

30 SCH in Required Courses:

  • CJ 5301 Overview and Administration of CJ
  • CJ 5304 Seminar on Liability and Immunity in CJ
  • CJ 5315 Seminar in Courts and Judiciary
  • CJ 5318 Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory
  • CJ 5325 Graduate Seminar
  • PS 5303 Public Administration Survey
  • PS 5310 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PS 5311 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PS 5313 Public Policy Analysis
  • Either PS 5307 Scope and Methods in Social Science or CJ 5334 Legal Research and Analysis in CJ

6 SCH Chosen from the Following Courses:

  • PS 5301 Seminar in Comparative Government and Public Policy
  • PS 5302 Seminar in International Relations and Public Policy
  • PS 5315 Local Government Administration
  • PS 5316 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PS 5317 Seminar in US Government

18 SCH in Electives from Criminal Justice and Public Administration

In order to graduate the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination of the coursework.  After mid-term of the last semester of the student’s studies, the student, in consultation with the Public Administration Advisor, will constitute an examining committee comprised of three faculty members, two of which must be from Political Science/Public Administration.  One member may be from a related discipline.  The committee will administer the oral examination.

For more information about graduate studies in Public Administration at Sul Ross, contact Professor Jim Case, Professor Amy Moreland or Professor David Watson.