Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Five-Year Bachelor's + Master's Programs

Five-Year Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies + Master of Public Administration Program (B.A.; M.P.A.)

Degrees granted: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration

Advising: designated college adviser for Phases I and II, phone: 216-687-3884; for Phase III, phone: 216-523-7522

Student organizations: Urban Studies Association, Pi Alpha Alpha

Additional Information:

The five-year B.A.+M.P.A. is a fast-track program designed for high-performing undergraduates in Urban Studies. By accelerating the completion of two degrees, students will jumpstart their careers as professionals in public administration.

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Admission Requirements

Students submit an application for admission to the BA+MPA program through the Urban Studies advising office.  A complete application is comprised of the 4+1 application form, official Graduate Record Exam scores, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.

Minimum qualifications: 90 hours earned, grade-point average of 3.25 or better, GRE scores at the 40th percentile (verbal and quantitative combined) and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0 or better, plus completion of core competencies (economics, public policy and statistics) by earning a grade of B or better in UST 300, UST 301, UST 302, UST 404, or their transfer equivalents.

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B.A. Program

Phase I

Upper Division College Requirements (8 credit hours)

Required Courses (16 credit hours)

Public Management Required Courses (27 credit hours)

Phase II Transition

  • UST 490 Urban Internship (4 cr.)
  • PAD 516 Public Finance and Economics
  • PAD 5XX Public Administration Elective (3-4 cr.)

The B.A. in Urban Studies is awarded with 128 credit hours earned and completion of all General Education, college and major-field requirements. The cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 with B or better in all 500-level courses.

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M.P.A. Program

Phase III

MPA Requirements

Core (8 credit hours.)

  • PAD 601 Applied Quantitative Reasoning I
  • PAD 604 Organizational Behavior

Complete one specialization chosen from:

General Public Management (10-12 credit hours minimum)

  • PAD 635 Public Sector Information Management (required)
  • Elective (3-4 cr.)
  • Elective (3-4 cr.)

City Management (11 credit hours minimum)

  • PAD 619 Seminar in City Management
  • PAD 633 Budget Policy and Management
  • PAD 634 Ethics in the Public Sector

The M.P.A. degree is awarded upon completion of a minimum of nine courses taken during Phase II (B.A.) and Phase III (M.P.A.) for a minimum of 33 credit hours. All Graduate College and M.P.A. Program rules regarding academic standing and graduation apply.

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Mailing Address
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 107A
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
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