Frequently Asked Questions
v What kind of job can I get with this degree? Graduates will be highly employable in organizations across the nation and internationally including the following:
- Chief Elected Official
- City Manager
- Chief Administrative Officer
- Primary Assistant Manager/CAO
- Chief Financial Officer
- Director of Health Department
- Public Works Director
- Human Services Director
- Public Safety Director
- Police Chief
- Fire Chief
- Economic Development Director
- Planning Director
- Human Resources Director
- Risk Manager
- Purchasing Director
- Chief Librarian
- Superintendent of Parks
- Information Services Director
- Director of Department of Energy
- Director U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Director U.S. Department of Education
- Superintendent of Hospital
- Executive Director of Physician Services
- Vice President of Operations in Hospital
- Director of Finance in Hospital
- Policy Analyst
- Management Consultant
- Program Director for State Department
- Executive Officer for Nonprofit organizations
- Ph. D. Graduate Study
- Law School
v How many classes do I have to take? You will take a total of 36-39 credits hours or 12-13 courses.
v What kinds of classes will I have to take? You will take class in the following areas:
- Track 1: Public Management and Policy: Administrative law, Human Resources, Administrative Ethics, Financial Management, Program Evaluation, Executive Leadership, Public Management, Organizational Behavior, Management Economics and Statistics.
- Track 2: Health Management: U.S. Health Policy, Health Economics, Health Service management, Health Planning, Environmental Health, Administrative law, Human Resources, Administrative Ethics, Financial Management, Executive Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Statistics.
v How many students will be in my classes? In most cases you will have 15-25 students in each class.
v What are faculty qualifications? Ninety-eight percent hold a Ph.D. and the remaining two percent hold J.D. or are adjunct faculty who are specialized professionals.
v Can I do an internship with this program? Yes you can participate in practicum in public affairs.
v Can I study abroad with this degree? No
v Will you help me find a job when I graduate? We have a career office that can help you look for a job in addition to other avenues that you may explore.
v Are there student organizations for this degree? There are several student organizations on campus.
v How can I get in touch with my professor? By telephone, email or office visit.
v Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes? There is the Director of Graduate Programs who could help you plan your studies in SPEA.