University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Master of Public Administration-Public Humanities and the Arts Option

1 University Ave
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
United States




Program Goals and Objectives


Dear AAAE: The University of Massachusetts-Lowell has recently established a unique Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with one of its three tracks in "Public Humanities and the Arts (PHA)." After three years of planning, including an external feasibility study and external reviews of curriculum by faculty in Public Administration and Arts Administration fields from across the US, we have in the past 18 months enrolled more than two dozen students in the MPA with six of those in the PHA track. We believe it will be beneficial to our students and faculty to be an institutional member of AAAE. Below is included the curriculum for the entire MPA, including the PHA, so that readers can see how the program as a whole operates. This curriculum and additional information about the MPA-PHA is published at and Curriculum Students are required to complete 39 credit hours of course work including: Required courses (6 courses for 15 credits): MPAD.5010 Foundations of Public Administration ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting (2 credits) MPAD.5020 Public & Non Profit Budgeting and Financial Management MPAD.5030 Public & Non Profit Management and Leadership MPAD.5040 Data Analysis MPAD.5050 Professional Practicum (1 credit) Two Courses from the flexible core for 6 credits: MPAD.6040 Advanced Data Analysis PSYC.5460 Grant Writing PSYC.6110 or CRIM.5950 Program Evaluation MPAD.5100 Public Policy Analysis PSYC.5260 Managing Workplace Diversity (required for Human Service Mgmt Option) Six courses within the student's specialized option area (Public Humanities and the Arts, Human Service Management, Justice Administration) for 18 credits. Public Humanities and the Arts: Required (3 courses- 9 credits) MPAD.5200 Arts in the Community Arts MUBU.5040 Administration & Marketing MPAD.6010 Capstone Experience Electives (3 courses - 9 credits): ARHI.6010 History and Theory of Public Art HIST.5060 History Writing and the Community ARHI.5020 The Idea of the Museum HIST.5020 Introduction to Archives ENGL.5010 Theory and Practice of Literary/Historical Tourism MPAD.5300 Informal Learning Theory & Practice ENGL.5060 Writing in the Community *Other electives may be selected with approval of the graduate coordinator. Human Service Management: Required (3 courses - 9 credits): SOCI.5010 Social Policy and Inequalities SOCI.5020 Human Service Management MPAD.6010 Capstone Experience Electives (3 courses - 9 credits) SOCI.5100 Refugee and Asylum Policy SOCI.5110 Immigration Policy PSYC.5270 Immigrant Psychology & Communities PSYC.6810 Health Campaigns: Effects & Processes PUBH.5010 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health PUBH.6010 Health Policy & Management PSYC.6640 Child Maltreatment PUBH.6800 Aging & Society PSYC.6800 Aging and Community PSYC.5220 Psychology of Diversity: Diversity & Social Justice *Other electives may be selected with approval of the graduate coordinator. Justice Administration: Required (2 courses - 6 credits) CRIM.5200 Administration of Justice MPAD.6010 Capstone Experience Applied Management (1 course - 3 credits) CRIM.5910 Criminal Justice Research Design or CRIM.5270 Management and Administration of the Courts Technical Skills (1 course - 3 credits) CRIM.5910 Criminal Justice Research Design or CRIM.5920 Justice Information Systems Electives (2 courses - 6 credits) CRIM.5210 Managing Justice Organizations CRIM.5220 Issues in Policing CRIM.5230 Courts and Sentencing CRIM.5240 Issues in Corrections CRIM.5270 Management and Administration of the Courts CRIM.5910 Criminal Justice Research Design CRIM.5920 Justice Information Systems CRIM.6500 Issues in Community Based Corrections CRIM.6800 Selected Topics: Access to Justice CRIM.6800 Selected Topics: Alternative Dispute Resolution CRIM.6800 Selected Topics: Specialty Courts *Other electives may be selected with approval of the graduate coordinator.