Public Administration — ABM

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Curriculum for Public Administration

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program (ABM) offers outstanding students an opportunity to earn both the bachelor's and the master's degrees in less time and at less cost than usual. The ABM program allows these exceptional students to count up to 12 hours toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees.

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration undergraduate major can lead to a Master of Public Administration in the ABM track. In addition, undergraduates majoring in Political Science with a concentration or minor in Public Administration are eligible to pursue the Master of Public Administration in the ABM track. Below is an example curriculum for a student in Public Administration pursing the Master of Public Administration. Please see the Department of Political Science website for additional information and ABM tracks.

Below is a chart of all the approved courses that can be taken in the ABM program for undergraduate students majoring in Public Administration and undergraduate students majoring in Political Science with a minor or concentration in Public Administration and what course that replaces at the undergraduate level. 

POLI 7000Research Methods for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Replaces POLI 3000 Research Methods)3
POLI 7140Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Replaces POLI 4140 Public Finance)3
POLI 7150Public Personnel Administration (Replaces POLI 4160 Public Personnel Administration )3
POLI 7360Foundations of Public Policy (Replaces POLI 3270 Policy Process)3

Junior/Senior Year for Students in ABM - BA Public Administration 

Courses marked with an asterisk are those used by students enrolled in the ABM program to meet up to 12 undergraduate hours toward their undergraduate degree and 12 graduate hours to be used toward their graduate degree.

Course from Group 2 - Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance3*POLI 7360 Foundations of Public Policy3
Course from Group 4 - State and Local Governance3Course from Group 1 - Democratic Political and Administration Systems3
GEEL 1000 General Elective3Course from Group 3 - Elections and Democratic Practice3
*POLI 7140 Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations3GEEL 1000 General Elective6
POLI 3260 Organization Theory3GEEL 1000 General Elective6
*POLI 7150 Public Personnel Administration 3*POLI 7000 Research Methods for Public and Nonprofit Organizations3
Course from Group 7 - Public Law3Course from Group 5 - Community Planning3
GEEL 1000 General Elective3Course from Group 6 - Global Public Service and Cultural Competency3

Accelerated Master of Public Administration

First Year
POLI 7350 Foundations of Public Administration and Public Service3POLI 7330 Seminar in Administrative Leadership, Responsibility, and Democratic Government3POLI 7920 MPA Internship3
Graduate Electives6Graduate Elective6 
 9 9 3
Second Year
POLI 7930 MPA Research Project3
Graduate Elective6
Total Hours: 30