Master of Public Administration (MPA)

MPA Plan A (Thesis)

The MPA Plan A is a Thesis Program. It requires the completion of 36 units of credit hours. It has two tracks: the Open Track, and the SIM (Spatial Information Management) Track.

The Open Track differs from the SIM Track in that it allows students, with the guidance of a faculty, to choose their courses under any of the following fields of public administration as listed below. In the selection of courses, students are encouraged to choose those that will help them in the writing and defense of their thesis.

MPA PLAN A-OPEN TRACK
(Effective Academic Year 2002-2003)

Requirements Particulars
Admission Requirements Entrance Exam
Research, statistics and computer proficiency
CORE COURSES
(15 units)
PA 201 PA 207 or PA 208
PA 209 PA 213 PA 299
Qualifying Exam Pass the Qualifying Exam
Elective Courses
(15 units)
Any fifteen (15) units of other PA courses
Thesis (6 units) PA 300
Total credits (36 units)

The SIM Track, on the other hand, is focused on spatial information management as a new field of study. Students take fifteen (15) units of SIM courses and work on a thesis topic within this area.

MPA PLAN A-SIM TRACK
(Effective Academic Year 2002-2003)

Requirements Particulars
Admission Requirements Entrance Exam
Research, statistics and computer proficiency
CORE COURSES
(15 units)
PA 201 PA 207 or PA 208
PA 209 PA 213 PA 299
Qualifying Exam Pass the Qualifying exam
Elective Courses
(SIM courses 15 units)
PA 273 PA 274 PA 275
PA 276 PA 278
Thesis (6 units) PA 300
Total credits (36 units)

MPA Plan B (Special Problem Paper)

MPA Plan B requires the completion of 36 units of credit hours, including the writing and defense of a Special Problem Paper (PA 298). Of the 36 units, 15 units comprise the common core courses. After taking the core courses, students must take and pass the qualifying exam, then proceed to take eighteen (18) units of PA courses. The final course requirement is PA 298 where students write and defend a special problem paper.

MPA PLAN B
(Effective Academic Year 2002-2003)

Requirements Particulars
Admission Requirements Entrance Exam
Research, statistics and computer proficiency
CORE COURSES
(15 units)
PA 201 PA 207 or PA 208
PA 209 PA 213 PA 299
Qualifying Exam Pass the Qualifying exam
Elective Courses
(18 units)
Any eighteen (18) units of other PA courses
Special Problem Paper
(3 units)
PA 298
Total credits (36 units)

MPA Plan C (Mid-Career)

The Mid-Career Plan C program is designed for leaders and managers who want to develop their competence and capacity in policymaking. Prospective applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and occupy ranking positions in the three branches of government, at the national and local government levels, and in government corporations.

The program requires the completion of 30 units of coursework and the successful defense of 2 outstanding papers submitted in previous courses. The coursework is composed of 9 units of core courses, 6 units of special problem course, and 15 units of electives.

MPA PLAN C

Requirements Particulars
Admission Requirements Entrance exam or by invitation
CORE COURSES
(9 units)
PA 201 PA 208 PA 292
Special Problem Courses (6 units) PA 291 PA 291
Elective Courses
(15 units)
Any fifteen (15) units of other PA courses
Defense of 2 outstanding papers Defense of 2 outstanding papers submitted in previous courses
Total credits (30 units)