M.P.A./M.I.S.

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. Carol Ebdon, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 111B

402-554-2152

cebdon@unomaha.edu

Meagan VanGelder, Coordinator

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 111

402-554-3480

mvangelder@unomaha.edu

(Management Information Systems):

Dr. Leah Pietron, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 284D

402-554-2801

pwolcott@unomaha.edu

Ms. Carla Frakes, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C

402-554-2073

cfrakes@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.isqa.unomaha.edu/gmpa-mis.htm

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: NA

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

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 550 (or 213 if computer-based TOEFL) or IELTS with a score of 6.5 or better or PTE with a score of 59 or better.
  • 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)
  • 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:
      • Discussion of two accomplishments that demonstrate your potential for success in the graduate program
      • Discussion of your unique personal qualities and life experiences that distinguish you from other applicants to our graduate program
  • Resume indicating your work experience and background

MPA-MIS 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. More information on specific foundation requirements is available on the Department of Information Science & Technology website for the MS in MIS program.

Six (6) hours of programming coursework or equivalent experience:

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II

3 credits

or equivalent

one semester of undergraduate information systems, or:

CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology

3 credits

or equivalent

one semester of undergraduate statistics, or:

CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T.

3 credits

One of the following:

ISQA 8040An Overview of Systems Development

3 credits

Or

ISQA 4110Information Systems Analysis

3 credits

And

ISQA 4120System Design and Implementation

3 credits

or equivalent

One of the following:

ISQA 8050Data Organization and Storage

3 credits

Or

ISQA 3300File Structures for Information Systems

3 credits

And

ISQA 3310Managing the Data Base Environment

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

or equivalent

MPA-MIS Required Courses (39 hours):

MPA Beginning Core Courses (9 hours):

PA 8010The Public Economy

3 credits

PA 8050Public Administration and Democracy

3 credits

PA 8090Organization Theory and Behavior

3 credits

MS in MIS Core Courses (18 hours):

ISQA 8210Management of Software Development

3 credits

ISQA 8220Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

3 credits

ISQA 8310Data Communications

3 credits

ISQA 8380Managing the Distributed Computing Environment

3 credits

ISQA 8410Database Management

3 credits

ISQA 8420Managing the IS Function

3 credits

Methods course (3 hours):

PA 8120/AVN 8120Research Methods for Public Administration

3 credits

OR

ISQA 8060Research in MIS

3 credits

MPA Ending Core Courses (9 hours):

PA 8300Policy Design and Implementation

3 credits

 

Choose one of the following:
PA 8320Public Policy Evaluation

3 credits

PA 8450Seminar in Advanced Management Analysis in Public Agencies

3 credits

PA 8330Seminar in Policy Analysis

3 credits

Choose one of the following:
PA 8440Organization Develop. & Planned Change in the Public Sector

3 credits

PA 8530Strategic Planning & Mgmt in Public & Non-Profit Organiz.

3 credits

*If taking the Program Management specialty area, a student must take PA 8320 or PA 8330 as part of the MPA ending core.

MPA-MIS Electives (12 hours):

Students will take a minimum of 6 hours each of ISQA elective courses and PA elective courses.

Students may choose to specialize in the following areas, 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 Agencies

3 credits

PA 8400Public Budgeting

3 credits

ISQA 8810Information Technology Project Fundamentals

3 credits

ISQA 8820Project Risk Management

3 credits

Financial Management Information Systems
PA 8480/AVN 8480Seminar in Public Financial Administration

3 credits

PA 8400Public Budgeting

3 credits

ISQA 8596IT Audit and Control

3 credits

ISQA 8570/IASC 8570Information Security Policy and Ethics

3 credits

Health Care Information Systems
PA 8740Health Care Policy

3 credits

HSRA 810US Health Care Delivery Systems

3

ISQA 8570/IASC 8570Information Security Policy and Ethics

3 credits

ISQA 8400Clinical Systems Architecture and Function

3 credits

Integrative Experience (Required)

3-6

The HRSA class is completed through UNMC.

MPA-MIS Exit Requirements (6 hours):

MPA Capstone Course:

PA 8990Capstone Project in Public Administration

3 credits

 

MIS Capstone Course:

ISQA 8950Capstone Management Information Systems

3 credits

Six credit hours or fewer may be left in the program. All other core classes must have been completed except ISQA 8380.

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 8980/AVN 8980Thesis

1 - 6 credits

 

or in the MS-MIS program:
ISQA 8990Thesis

3 credits

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

Total Credit Hours: 57