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International College To Offer Master's of Public Administration Degree

International College will offer a master’s degree program in public administration starting with the fall 2001 academic term in September.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting body for colleges and universities in the southeastern United States, has approved the college’s proposal for the program which will be launched at the College’s North Naples campus. The MPA program will be part of the College’s School of Business.

The program is designed to prepare graduates for managerial and executive positions in government and nonprofit organizations. Degree requirements include 10 classes and passing a comprehensive MPA examination.

Classes will be held Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and online. The last day to register for the fall term is September 17.

The program includes 18 credit hours (six classes) of a core component that include instruction in management information technology, statistics for management, management processes, executive leadership, management of human resources and a course examining professional ethics, social responsibility and diversity. Four of these classes will be offered online.

A public administration component includes 12 credit hours (four classes). Classes are function and administration of public administration, governmental budgeting and finance, research methods and public policy analysis. One class in this component will be offered online. Passing an MPA comprehensive examination is also a degree requirement.

The program also consists of an optional 9-credit (three classes) MPA management.

concentration where a student can develop special expertise to fulfill personal or career interests. This concentration includes management communications, managing organizational behavior and a seminar in management. Two classes in this concentration will be offered online.

Frederick Nerone, Dean of the School of Business at International College, said the College decided to go ahead with an MPA program after discussions with students, local government officials and a College advisory board made up of local business leaders.

"We feel this is great news for career public-sector management-track employees seeking an accredited, local, advanced executive development program," Nerone said. –more-

He said he feels the program will be attractive to local government employees and those working in nonprofit organizations. "We have been successful in attracting both county and city government employees into our undergraduate and MBA programs and now we’re hopeful that success will carry over into an MPA program," he said.

The MPA program will be the third graduate-level degree program offered by International College. International College launched an MBA program in fall 1999 and a master’s in criminal justice in fall 2000.
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