Academic Programs

Public Administration and Urban Studies

Graduate Programs

Public Administration Masters Handbook

Department Course Catalog

The Master of Public Administration is a 48-credit-hour degree that prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit management. The program requires students to take 10 core courses (30 credit hours), five electives (15 credit hours), and an internship (3 credit hours). Specializations are offered in emergency management, nonprofit management, evaluation, and urban management.

The Master of Arts in Urban Studies is a 33-credit-hour degree that focuses on applied policy. Students take six core courses (18 credit hours) and five electives (15 credit hours). The program offers specializations in health policy and aging policy.

The combined Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration is 109-credit-hour degree for students seeking training in both the legal and public service fields. Students complete 11 courses (33 credit hours) in the MPA program and 76 credit hours in The University of Akron School of Law. Students must be accepted to both programs to participate.

The Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Planning educates students for a broad range of careers in the planning and geography professions. The faculty advisor for the program is Dr. Ghazi Falah.

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography - Planning track has recently relocated to PAUS. The faculty advisor for the program is Dr. Ghazi Falah.


There are four variations of the Certificate Program in Public Administration and Urban Studies. Each certificate requires the successful completion of 15 credit hours of required and elective coursework offered by the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, as specified below. 

  • Certificate in Public Management
  • Certificate in Non-Profit Management
  • Certificate in Policy Analysis
  • Certificate in Program Evaluation

Doctor of Philosophy of Public Administration and Urban Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies and Public Affairs is a 64-credit-hour joint program of UA’s Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies and Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. This program prepares students for academic careers and for public service careers. Specializations in public administration and in public policy are available. Students complete 25 credit hours of core classes, 27 credit hours of specialization classes, and 12 credit hours focusing on their dissertation.

PhD Handbook

Course Catalog

Public Administration and Urban Studies Student Association (PAUSSA)

The purpose of PAUSSA is to create a sense of community among students and faculty within the department and to facilitate student engagement in matters of importance that affect the department, the university, and the broader community. PAUSSA acts to link its members to the larger community of practitioners and scholars. Students founded the organization in 1983.

Organizational activities include monthly meetings, canned food drives, opportunities for volunteerism (on an individual and organizational level), various socials, and professional development (e.g. resume-building) workshops.


President Cristina Gonzalez
Vice President Al Neighorn
Treasurer Kathy Kiser
Secretary Amelia Ybarra
Faculty Advisor Julia Beckett

Students may join PAUSSA anytime during the academic year by completing a membership application and paying the $10 membership fee. Applications may be returned to any officer or to the faculty adviser.

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