Inspector General Track

IG Track Director: Professor Warren Benton

The traditional Master of Public Administration Program prepares students for public service within agencies as managers, analysts and policy specialists. The Master of Public Administration-Inspector General Program prepares students to apply the core disciplines and perspectives of public administration from an oversight perspective.

The 42-credit Inspector General curriculum, while sharing many of the traditional MPA program courses, puts greater emphasis on auditing and accounting in its core curriculum, and has concentrations related to inspection and oversight. Students in this program are prepared for careers involving the assessment of performance of public agencies, and as managers in public and not-for-profit organizations with auditing, oversight and investigative responsibilities. Concentrations are offered in the following fields:

Degree Requirements
Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration-Inspector General Program are required to complete 42 course credits. Students are also required to pass the preliminary examination, which includes material associated with PAD 700, PAD 702 and PAD 705. Students are required to register for these three foundation courses within their first 15 credits of coursework, and to take the foundations examination no later than the end of the semester following completion of the three courses.

The examination is given twice during the academic year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Fall examinations are administered in early October; spring examinations are administered in early March.

Additional information. Students who enroll for the first time at the College in September 2007 or thereafter must complete the program in the form presented in this bulletin. Students who enrolled prior to that date and have consistently maintained matriculation, may choose the form shown here or the version of the program in place at their time of enrollment.

Required Courses Subtotal: 6 credits
Public Administration 700 Public Administration
Public Administration 702 Human Resources Management
Public Administration 705 Organization Theory and Management
Public Administration 740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight
Public Administration 742 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing (Prerequisite: PAD 740)
Public Administration 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability
Public Administration 771 MPA Capstone Seminar

Students with an undergraduate public administration major and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of PAD 700 from the program director.
No course can be used to satisfy a foundation requirement and a specialization requirement.

Research Methods and Quantitative Skills

Subtotal: 6 credits

Students must complete a course from each of the following categories:

Research Methods
Public Administration 715 Research Methods in Public Administration
Quantitative Methods and Information Management
Public Administration 713* Management of Information and Technology
Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation
Public Administration 747* Techniques in Policy Analysis
Public Administration 770* Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

*There is no course prerequisite for PAD 747, PAD 770 or PAD 713. However, computer skills and experience are assumed for both PAD 770 and PAD 713. Students who need additional computer skills will be directed by the program director to other places in the College where they may be obtained. PAD 715 is a prerequisite for PAD 745.

Specialization and Elective Courses Subtotal: 15credits
Students should declare their specialization upon the completion of 12 credits. Except where otherwise noted, students must complete three courses associated with a specific specialization and two elective courses selected from courses in their particular specialization or from courses in other specializations in the MPA Program, the MPA-Inspector General Program or as approved by the program director. These two elective courses may include PAD 780 (Fieldwork), PAD 755 (Writing for Management) and PAD 800 courses as approved by the program director. Dual specializations are permissible if the student has fulfilled the requirements of both specializations.