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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Justice Studies, M.A. and Public Administration, M.P.A.

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Effective Spring 2017 - Enrollment in the joint degree option suspended, pending revision of the Political and Justice Studies Program. Students can enroll in the Public Administration, M.P.A.  

The College of Arts and Sciences  joint degree program was designed in response to students’ demand for a degree program that would broaden student’s skills and knowledge by combing the core of these two programs; thus allowing students to have a comparative advantage in the job market. Students who graduate with this joint degree will graduate with two master’s degrees (one in Public Administration and the other in Political and Justice Studies). The Public Administration program offers students the tools and technical skills for working in the public sector. This includes such courses as human resource administration, public planning, and public budgeting. The Political and Justice Studies program focuses more on the political processes and goals involved in public policy formulation and implementation. By so doing, the program builds upon a political science and public policy program with the addition of a social justice emphasis.

In developing this joint degree program the faculty studied the “best practices” of joint degree programs and developed a program that makes use of the complimentary nature of POJS and PA in order to maintain the integrity of each program, while allowing the greatest use of each program to satisfy the electives. Students enrolled in this program will be able to complete both degrees with 22 courses (66 credit hours), 10 in the MPA program, 10 in the POJS program, and two separate capstone courses (one in MPA, one in POJS).

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to university admission requirements, applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application package:

  1. Applicants will be expected to have a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) in their last 60 credit hours;
  2. Two confidential letters of recommendation from professional references (e.g. current or former college faculty member, current or former work supervisor, or community leader);
  3. A two page, double-spaced statement of intent, which discusses personal short- and long-term career goals, reasons for pursuing an MPA and PJUS degree, and how these degrees will help the student achieve those goals. The statement should encompass specific personal examples of leadership and provide other pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program. The statement of intent offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills to support their candidacy for the joint degree; and
  4. A current resume.

Program Requirements

The 22 course (66-69 credits) program consists of:

  • 10 required MPA courses (30 credits)
  • 5 required POJS courses (15 credits)
  • 5 electives from CBPA or CAS (15 credits)
  • 2 required capstone/project courses (6-9 credits)

Joint Degree Curriculum:


* Credit hours counted once (as part of the required POJS courses)

Selectives (15 hours):

Any five courses from the at least two of following tracks:

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