The Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) requires 42 semester hours. As an interdisciplinary program, courses are offered by the School of Planning and Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science, as well as from other units such as Management and Organizations in the Tippie College of Business, Strategic Communications in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the Larned Waterman Nonprofit Resource Center in the College of Law.

Required Curriculum

8 core courses (20 s.h.)
1 internship (3 s.h.)
5 electives (minimum 15 s.h., including 9 s.h. taken within a concentration)
a one-semester capstone project (4 s.h.)

For the capstone project students will engage in analysis of a contemporary public policy problem plus development of recommended action steps. This will be done in tandem with the University’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) which for has been providing public consultation to communities in Iowa for over a decade.

Core Curriculum

PBAF:5117 Bureaucratic Politics and Public Administration 3 s.h.
PBAF:5120 Public Policy Process (or PBAF:6340) 3 s.h.
PBAF:6200 Analytic Methods I 3 s.h.
PBAF:6205 Economics for Policy Analysis 3 s.h.
PBAF:6208 Program Seminar 1 s.h.
PBAF:6225 Applied GIS for Planning and Policy Making 1 s.h.
PBAF:6233 Public Finance and Local Budgeting 3 s.h.
PBAF:6240 Public Management 3 s.h.
PBAF:6340 Public Policy Analysis (or PBAF:5120) 3 s.h.

Typical Schedule for Full-Time Students

First Semester
PBAF:5117 Bureaucratic Politics and Public Administration core 3 s.h.
PBAF:6200 Analytic Methods I core 3 s.h.
PBAF:6205 Economics for Policy Analysis core 3 s.h.
PBAF:6208 Program Seminar core 1 s.h.

 

Second Semester
PBAF:6225 Applied GIS for Planning and Policy Making core 1 s.h.
PBAF:6233 Public Finance and Local Budgeting     core 3 s.h.
PBAF:6240 Public Management core 3 s.h.
PBAF:6340 Public Policy Analysis
(Or PBAF:5120 3rd semester)                          
core 3 s.h.
  Concentration or Elective elective 3 s.h.

 

Third Semester
PBAF:5120 Public Policy Process
(Or PBAF:6340, second semester of first year)
core 3 s.h.
PBAF:6335 Internship core 3 s.h.
  Concentration or Elective elective 3 s.h.
  Concentration or Elective elective 3 s.h.

 

Fourth Semester
PBAF:6210 Public Affairs Capstone                                            capstone 4 s.h.
  Concentration or Elective elective 3 s.h.
  Concentration or Elective elective 3 s h