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MA Curriculum and Advising Sheet

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Total Required Credit Hours: 38

Core Courses (32 credits – complete all courses)

  • PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation, 4 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 6010: Legal Environment of Public Organizations, 4 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 6030: Public Sector Economics, 4 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 6040: Public Budgeting and Finance (Prerequisite: 6030), 4 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 6050: Managing Public Sector Organizations or PUBAFRS 7553: Nonprofit Management and Governance, 4 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 6060: Managerial Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 6070: Public Affairs Statistics, 4 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 6080: Public Affairs Program Evaluation (Prerequisite: 6070), 4 credit hours

Elective Courses (3 credit hours required from the following list)

Courses are separated by general area of relevance for the purposes of transparency for students. Not all courses are offered regularly. Students need not take a course from any particular subcategory.

With the permission of the Glenn College Graduate Studies Chair, students may count graduate-level graded coursework from outside the college to apply toward their total required elective hour total of 3 credits (e.g. one 3-credit course in most cases). To obtain permission, a student must fill out Petition to Count Outside Coursework found at the Graduate Advising webpage submit it to their advisor for approval PRIOR to enrolling in the course. You must submit a syllabus from the course you are seeking to take. Please consult with your advisor for ideas and suggestions for coursework that matches your areas of interest.


  • PUBAFRS 5240: Race and Public Policy in the United States, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5250: Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5506: Administration of Criminal Justice Policy, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5600: Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5700: Rebuilding Failed and Weak States, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5750: Public Policy: The Business-Government Relationship, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5890: US Food Policy, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5895: Food Insecurity, Food Assistance Programming and Policy in the U.S., 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7503: Higher Education Policy for Public Leaders, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7505: Wicked Policy Problems, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7507: Criminal Justice Policy, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 5900: Food System Planning and the Economy, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7531: Economic Development Policy, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7534: Privatization, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7535: Regulation and Deregulation, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 5770: Risk and Decision Analysis, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5591: Lobbying and Government Relations, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7550: Contract Management, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7554: Performance Measurement and Management in the Public Sector, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7555: Project Management, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7557: Strategy for Public Organizations, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 5590: Fundraising and Philanthropy for Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5592: Social Marketing for Nonprofit and Public Organizations, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5595: Social Enterprise, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7501 Grant Writing in the Public Sector, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7533: Nonprofit Financial Management, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 5573: Qualitative Methods, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7571: Multivariate Data Analysis for Public Policy and Management, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7572: Policy Simulation and Modeling, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7573: Public Affairs Qualitative Methods, 3 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 7574: Mixed Methods Approaches for Policy-Related Research, 3 credit hours

Capstone Course (3 credits required)

Not all capstone courses are offered regularly. Please be sure to consult the master schedule via BuckeyeLink to make sure you have the pre-requisites in place in order to take a specific course. Consult with your advisor to plan out a program that will best suit your interests and prepare you to meet requirements.

  • PUBAFRS 7900: Capstone: Research Paper in Public Affairs, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7910: Capstone: Public Policy Issues, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7930: Capstone: Public Budgeting and Finance, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7940: Capstone: Public Management, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7950: Capstone: Nonprofit Topics, 3 credit hours

  • PUBAFRS 7960: Capstone: Information Management, 3 credit hours

Additional capstone courses may count toward the fulfillment of elective degree requirement. A grade of “C” or higher is required for a capstone course to count as an elective substitution. A grade of “B” or higher is required for the capstone course to count towards your exit requirement.

Optional Skills Courses (not required for completion of MA degree)

  • PUBAFRS 6500: Written and Oral Communication, 2 credit hours
  • PUBAFRS 5513: Excel Basic Skills (session 1), 1 credit hour
  • PUBAFRS 5514: Excel Advanced Skills (session 2), 1 credit hour
  • PUBAFRS 6505: Governmental Accounting, 1 credit hour

  • PUBAFRS 6510: Conveying Quantitative Data in Public Affairs, 1 credit hour

  • PUBAFRS 6515: Database Management, 1 credit hour

  • PUBAFRS 6520: Balanced Scorecards and Dashboards, 1 credit hour

  • PUBAFRS 6525: Survey Design, 1 credit hour

  • PUBAFRS 6530: Negotiation, 1 credit hour

  • PUBAFRS 6890: Special Topics Skills, 1 credit hour

Exit Requirements:

  • Requirements

  • Fulfillment of credit hour requirements
  • Fulfillment of course requirements
  • Achievement of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken for graduate credit
  • Registration during the final semester of the degree program for a minimum of three graduate credit hours
  • Successful completion of the capstone midterm assessment, which functions as the Master’s Written Examination (graded Pass/Fail)
  • Successful completion of the capstone course with grade “B” or higher in the final semester of enrollment
  • Submission of the Application to Graduate to the Graduate School, via the GradForms system, by the deadline communicated by the Glenn College
  • Please review the Graduate School Handbook for more detail on these requirements

Important Notes:

  • MA students are not permitted to take PUBAFRS 5060, 5062, 6045, 6051, or 6075.
  • The MA program is an accredited, in-person, professional master’s degree program. Students must complete a majority of their coursework in-person to align with accreditation standards. Students are highly recommended to take no more than one core or elective course online per term, and availability of online coursework is not guaranteed.