Public Administration, MPA and Management Information Systems, MS (MPA/MIS)

School of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs & Community Service, Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

In government and non-profit organizations, there is a significant need and a long-term demand for persons with advanced skills in information management technology. The primary purpose of this dual degree option is to prepare students to manage and lead organizations in the future. To meet this need, the School of Public Administration and the College of Information Science & Technology offer the option to complete both the MPA and the MS in MIS degree jointly by completing 54-57 hours of course work beyond foundation requirements. This joint degree program is designed for dedicated students who are able to successfully complete graduate intensive study from two perspectives—Public Administration and Management Information Systems—while achieving a synergy between the two fields. As such, the program involves graduate coursework in both public administration and information systems, with integrative experiences that will attain the desired synergy. Students interested in this option will work closely with a faculty mentor to develop an integrated plan of study at an early stage.

Program Contact Information

Public Administration

Dr. Craig Maher, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS 111)
402-554-3204
csmaher@unomaha.edu

Meagan VanGelder, Coordinator
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS 111)
402-554-3480
mvangelder@unomaha.edu

Management Information Systems

Dr. Martina Greiner, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 282B
402-554-2174
mgreiner@unomaha.edu

Ms. Leslie Planos, Advisor
Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C
402-554-3819
lplanos@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1

Program-Specific Requirements

  • International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit TOEFL and GRE scores.
    • The minimum TOEFL requirement is 563, 223 computer-based, 85 internet-based, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE.
  • The general prerequisite for admission to the program is a four-year bachelors' degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA of the junior-senior year (last 50-60 credit hours).
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Applicants to the UNO School of Public Administration (MPA) program may be granted a waiver from the GRE requirement, under one of the following circumstances:
    • The applicant is enrolled in the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work (MSW) program and has completed at least four courses with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and no less than a "B" in any course.
    • The applicant is enrolled in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology MS in MIS program and has completed at least four courses with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and no less than a "B" in any course.
    • GRE Waiver Application
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
    • From work or previous academic experiences. Alternatively, if you do not have a writing sample, please submit a two -page double-spaced word processed essay that addresses the following two topics:
      • Two accomplishments that demonstrate your potential for success in the graduate program
      • Your unique personal qualities and life experiences that distinguish you from other applicants to our graduate program
  • Resume indicating your work experience and background

Degree Requirements

MPA/MIS Foundation Courses

A student must have completed some basic courses either as an undergraduate student or prior to enrolling in the first MS in MIS course. Students may start MPA courses while completing the MIS foundation courses.

Six (6) hours of programming coursework or equivalent experience:6
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
INTERNET SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
One semester of undergraduate information systems, or:3
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ETHICS
One semester of undergraduate statistics, or:3
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED STATISTICS FOR IS&T
Select one of the following:3-6
AN OVERVIEW OF SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
and SYSTEM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
Select one of the following:3-6
DATA ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE
FILE STRUCTURES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS
and MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT

Required Courses

MPA Core Courses
PA 8050FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION3
PA 8090ORG THEORY & BEHAVIOR3
PA/AVN 8100ADVANCED MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS3
PA 8400PUBLIC BUDGETING3
PA 8300POLICY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION3
PA 8530PLANNING AND EVALUATION3
MS in MIS Core Courses
ISQA 8210MANAGEMENT OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT3
ISQA 8220ADVANCED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
ISQA 8310DATA COMMUNICATIONS3
ISQA 8380ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION3
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8420MANAGING THE IS FUNCTION3
Methods Course
PA/AVN 8120ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING3
or ISQA 8060 RESEARCH IN MIS
MPA/MIS Electives
Select one of the following:12
Take a minimum of 6 hours each of ISQA elective courses and PA elective courses
Or select a MPA/MIS Specialty Area (see below)
Select one of the following (see below):6
Capstone Option
Thesis Option
Total Credits57

MPA/MIS Specialty Areas

Students may choose to specialize in the following areas (see details below), or in another area with the approval of their faculty advisor (all courses must be at the 8000-level):

Program Management

PA 8450SEMINAR IN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC AGENCIES3
ISQA 8810INFORM TECHNOLOGY PROJECT FUNDAMENTALS3
ISQA 8820PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT3
PA/AVN 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
Total Credits12

Financial Management Information Systems

PA/AVN 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
ISQA 8596IT AUDIT AND CONTROL3
ISQA/CYBR 8570INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS3
Total Credits9

Health Care Information Systems

ISQA/CYBR 8570INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS3
PA 8760THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM3
ISQA 8400CLINICAL SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE AND FUNCTION3
ISQA 8500READINGS IN CLINICAL INFORMATICS3
Integrative Experience (Required)3-6
Total Credits15-18

MPA/MIS Exit Requirements

Capstone Option

MPA Capstone Course:

PA 8990CAPSTONE PROJECT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3

The MPA Capstone Course is taken at the end of the program, with no more than nine credit hours remaining. All Public Administration core classes must be completed prior to taking the Capstone Course.

MIS Capstone Course:

ISQA 8950CAPSTONE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS3

Six credit hours or fewer may be left in the program. All MIS core courses must have been completed.

Thesis Option

To take this option, a student will be required to enroll in six (6) hours of thesis credit.

Either in the MPA program:

PA/AVN 8980THESIS6

or in the MIS program:

ISQA 8990THESIS (6 Hours Required)3

The thesis must be in an area that relates to both the public administration and information systems domains.

Total Credit Hours: 57