Students from other disciplines are encouraged to take a minor
in public administration and policy. The requirement is that five
courses must be taken (normally 15 credit hours) at the graduate
level in the School from the MPA and Ph.D. core. All students must
take a graduate course which introduces them to the field of public
administration (i.e., PAD 5050, The Profession of Public Administration).
In addition, they must take at least one course in the doctoral
core. Two courses may be exempted based on work taken at another
college or university.
Those taking a minor in public administration may exempt the preliminary examination if they receive an "A" in each of the courses used to satisfy the five course requirement, although the faculty member serving as the minor professor will attend and ask questions at the oral portion of the examination. Where the examination is required its content will be determined by the minor professor.