2000 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Graduate programs in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies are described in detail in this chapter. See subsections for specific program information as well as policies and procedures.

2010 Office of the Dean

14 Marietta St. N.W., Suite 635
404/413-0000
http://aysps.gsu.edu
Mary Beth Walker, Dean

2010.10 Purpose

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies was established in 1996 with the objective of achieving excellence in the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies that help guide society and the economy. To this end, the school has assembled a distinguished faculty and professional staff, combining practical experience and scholarly credentials on a broad range of policy matters.

The school is committed to quality education, offering a variety of academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as nondegree training programs. It engages in basic and applied research and outreach addressed to the ongoing management of policies and programs, as well as effective delivery of human welfare services. The school houses several prestigious research centers focusing on the practical needs of governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations in Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the broader national and global communities. Degree programs in criminal justice and criminology, economics, policy studies, public administration, and social work integrate individual academic career preparation with addressing those needs.

For current information, visit the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ website: aysps.gsu.edu.

2010.20 Accreditation

The Master of Public Administration degree is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

2010.30 Academic Advisement

Office of Academic Assistance
14 Marietta St. N. W., Suite G-52
404/413-0021
http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa

Shelly-Ann Williams, Director
Mathieu Arp, Assistant Director
Michelle Lacoss, Administrative Specialist-Curriculum

The Office of Academic Assistance (OAA) supports the school’s commitment to quality education in the field of policy studies by promoting the school to prospective undergraduate and graduate applicants, by facilitating the application process, and by admitting well-qualified students to the graduate programs.

Academic advisement is required of all students in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The school has developed a system of advisement that integrates the Office of Academic Assistance and faculty Advisors within the school. Through the advisement process, students will be able to know the requirements and policies of the university, college, and department as they relate to their educational experiences and goals. Students will be able to identify and utilize university resources effectively to: satisfy degree requirements; plan programs of study, including selection of appropriate courses and registration; discover how interests, skills and goals connect to fields of study and careers; and be able to formulate appropriate questions, seek information, and evaluate and apply academic advice. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in advisement without an appointment is scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2010.35 Global Studies Opportunities

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is committed to providing students the opportunity to study abroad through Maymester/Summer or exchange programs. Currently the school participates in four Maymester/Summer and three exchange programs:

Maymester/Summer programs:

  1. Europe (Germany, Belgium, France): a three-week Maymester program open to all students interested in critical appraisals of different policies, administrative structures and political processes in Europe and the United States. Program director contact – Dr. Greg Streib (gstreib@gsu.edu).
  2. South Africa: a three-week Maymester program that provides a broad understanding of the workings of the South African economy, its infrastructure, its environment and its governance. Program director contact – Dr. Glenwood Ross (gross@gsu.edu).
  3. South Africa: a Summer program that examines social change, conflict transformation and nonviolence, using as a backdrop South Africa and its efforts to effect transformative social change; focus on Kingian nonviolence and restorative justice. Program director contact – Dr. Elizabeth Beck (ebeck@gsu.edu).
  4. Trinidad and Tobago: a Maymester program that explores crime and justice from an international, comparative perspective and examines public policy issues related to crime and violence in developing nations. Program director contact – Cyntoria Johnson (cjohnson5@gsu.edu).

Exchange programs:

  1. England, Northumbria University with all AYSPS degree programs: an exchange program for one semester that gives undergraduate or graduate students an opportunity to take courses in their majors while learning the tools necessary for work with foreign cultures. Program director contact – Dr. Cynthia Searcy (csearcy@gsu.edu).
  2. Italy and France, University of Venice – Ca’Foscari and France, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin with the economics department: an exchange program that grants students a degree from Georgia State University (most likely a BA or BS in economics, or a BA in International Economics and Modern Languages) and a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Venice Ca’Foscari, after one year of study in Italy and a semester in France. Program director contact – Dr. Shelby Frost (sfrost@gsu.edu).
  3. Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lausanne Faculté des Hautes Etudes Commerciales with the economics department: an exchange program where students gain expertise in the areas of international economies and economic policy through coursework, while living in a new cultural setting. Program director contact – Dr. Felix Rioja (frioja@gsu.edu).

In all instances, students are required to provide their own transportation and living expenses. Students interested in participating in a study abroad program should contact the program director.

2010.40 Academic Resources and Services

AYS Career Services & Student Life Office

aysps.gsu.edu/career

The Andrew Young School provides career support & leadership development services to all current AYS students and alumni.  Students are invited to attend our career events and workshops, and individualized career counseling appointments can be arranged either with Dr. Maggie Tolan, the Director of Career Services, or with University Career Services in the Student Center.  Career Services can help students with resume writing, interviewing, job searching, internship development, and networking.   To see what career panels, career fairs, and events are available this semester, please visit:  http://aysps.gsu.edu/career/events. The office also supports all AYS student clubs and organizations – so read about the various groups within the college, and join one today:  http://aysps.gsu.edu/career/student-organizations.  Make the most of your education by utilizing these great resources.  The AYS Career Services & Student Life office is located on the ground floor of the Andrew Young Building, in room G47-51.

AYSPS Research Vault

14 Marietta St. N.W., Vault Floor
404/413-0019
http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/research-support

The Research Vault offers research tools in policy studies and economics for faculty, staff and students at the AYSPS.  It provides students with an introduction to relevant databases, data set manuals, and websites. The Vault also houses selected literature and data sets on fiscal policy, public administration, and economic issues to support ongoing research projects of AYSPS faculty and its research centers. The website above is available to assist patrons in searching the literature of regional, national, and international policy issues located in the Vault.

Research Vault staff, along with university liaison librarians, develop links to electronic journals and databases licensed to Georgia State University for the use of its student and faculty community, as well as those licensed by the powerful statewide Galileo system. Available are such sources as the Web of Science, a leading citation index, access to social science data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and Lexis-Nexis statistical tables for geographic, demographic, income and time series. The Vault holds data sets and publications from agencies in state government as well as the international community, especially in taxation.

The reading room has student workstations and provides copies of Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and The Economist. Such periodicals as Tax Analysts Tax Notes, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Econometrics, and the Nonprofit Quarterly are available upon request.

International subscriptions include Government Finance Statistics Yearbook, International Financial Statistics Yearbook, World Economic Outlook, World Development Indicators, as well as other publications and data sets by the OECD, IMF, the World Bank and the United Nations.

Economics Tutoring Lab

14 Marietta St. N.W., Room 526
404/413-0141
http://aysps.gsu.edu/econ/5967

The Economics Tutoring Lab provides tutoring for students in undergraduate economics classes, particularly in principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics (ECON 2105 and ECON 2106). Day and evening sessions are available; contact the Department of Economics for a schedule.

2010.50 Research Centers and Programs

Domestic Programs

14 Marietta St. N.W., 4th Floor
404/413-0194
aysps.gsu.edu/dpo

Domestic Programs is home to several separate programs and activities. Some of these programs link the School with the community. Other activities and projects aim to inform the debate on public policy in the metropolitan Atlanta area, the state of Georgia, and the nation, through research and education. The issues that are addressed include those associated with the structure of urban areas, government tax and expenditure policy, environmental issues, education, program evaluation, social policies, and economic development. Recent topics include the evaluation of pre-K programs, analysis of the transition from welfare to work, studies of teacher retention, a multi-year study of public housing transformation, financial analysis of proposed new local governments, analysis of government agency performance, and studies of the labor market opportunities of low-skilled workers. Domestic Programs also houses Atlanta Census 2000-a portal that allows easy mapping of census data.

Funding for the Domestic Programs comes from a variety of governmental, foundation, and business sources.

Center for Collaborative Social Work

140 Decatur Street, 12th Floor
404/413-1050
http://aysps.gsu.edu/socialwork/ccsw

The Center for Collaborative Social Work is a key component of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. The School of Social Work was developed in 1965 and is the first school in the country to offer a master’s with a sole concentration in community partnerships. The school’s commitment to community partnerships grew out of collaborative efforts with community stake holders from a variety of social service agencies in the greater Atlanta area. Together, they developed a program based on the following principles:

  • “Partnership is critical for human service delivery and building communities;
  • challenges facing individuals and communities are interrelated and that solutions must be as well;
  • students should commit themselves to addressing social and economic justice issues that test the spirit of individuals and communities;
  • students should be educated for leadership roles to facilitate partnerships; and
  • the program must continue to be relevant to the professional lives of students and practitioners and to the needs of diverse communities.” (Wertheimer et al. 2004)

The Center developed out of the School of Social Works’ need for an organizational structure that extended the school’s founding principles beyond the classroom and into the community.

The Experimental Economics Center

14 Marietta Street, N.W., 4th Floor
404/413-0194
excen.gsu.edu/

The Experimental Economics Center (ExCEN) supports research, teaching, and policy applications involving controlled experiments with human decision makers. Its central objective is to promote the development and application of economics and related academic disciplines as empirical social science. Ongoing research in the Center involves development of economic theory supported by data. Research and teaching support facilities developed and maintained by ExCEN include the AYSPS experimental economics laboratory, a mobile laboratory, and EconPort (econport.org), an economics digital library and virtual laboratory containing Internet software for experiments. External funding is provided by the National Science Foundation and core support comes from the Georgia Research Alliance and the state government. Projects currently receiving grant support include the following: Collaborative Research: IT-Enhanced Market Design and Experiments; Disseminating Experiments in Economics with the EconPort Digital Library; Choosing Among Risky Alternatives: An Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Insurance on Biases in Decision-Making; Game Theory and Social Interactions: A Virtual Collaboratory for Teaching and Research; Prejudice and the Perpetuation of Differences: Experiments Exploring the Impact of Performance and Appearance on Sorting; Contracting Out of Poverty: Some Experimental Approaches; “The Girl Scout Cookie Phenomenon-An Experimental Study of Social Effects in Fundraising.”

Fiscal Research Center

14 Marietta Street, N.W., 4th Floor
404/413-0249
aysps.gsu.edu/frc

The Fiscal Research Center (FRC) was established in 1995 to provide a stronger research foundation for setting fiscal policy for state and local governments and for better-informed decision-making. The FRC helps stimulate debate on fiscal policy and provides nonpartisan research, technical assistance, and education in the evaluation and design of state and local fiscal and economic policy, including both tax and expenditure issues. The FRC mission is to promote the development of sound public policy and public understanding of issues concerning state and local governments.

The research agenda of the Fiscal Research Center is composed of three broad categories: Intergovernmental Issues, Tax Policy, and the Georgia Economy. Intergovernmental Issues research is related to education financing and the delivery of education in Georgia, as well as understanding inherent in relationships between state and local governments. Tax Policy includes: the taxation of banking, insurance, and corporations; the structure and impact of income taxation; the structure, administration, and effects of property taxation and sales/excise taxation; alternatives in the taxation of public utilities; and policy issues associated with government budgeting. The Georgia Economy research includes issues relevant to the state’s economic development efforts, studies of various sectors and aspects of the Georgia economy. The Fiscal Research Center has developed an agency database built on the Unemployment Insurance records from the Department of Labor, welfare records for the Department of Human Resources, and other agency databases.

The Georgia Health Policy Center

14 Marietta Street, N.W., 2nd Floor
404/413-0314
http://aysps.gsu.edu/ghpc

The Georgia Health Policy Center, established in 1995, provides evidence-based research, program development and policy guidance on local, state and national levels to improve health status at the community level. The Center distills qualitative and quantitative research findings to connect decision makers with the evidence-based research and guidance needed to make informed decisions about health policy and programming. The Center is at work nationwide focusing on some of the most complex policy issues facing healthcare today including public and private health insurance coverage, the uninsured, long-term care, public health, children’s health and community health system development.

International Studies Program

14 Marietta Street, N.W., 5th Floor
404/413-0233
aysps.gsu.edu/isp/

The International Studies Program (ISP) provides academic and technical training, research, and technical assistance to support sound public policy and sustainable economic growth in transitional and developing economies. ISP technical assistance efforts and training programs complement the academic research and the educational mission of the Andrew Young School and give graduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on public policy experience. This program is recognized worldwide for its contributions to fiscal policy reform.

ISP faculty and staff, other Andrew Young School faculty, affiliates, and a network of experts serve as project directors, senior Advisors, chiefs-of-party, or lead economists for major projects in areas including fiscal policy, tax administration, economic analysis and revenue forecasting, fiscal decentralization and intergovernmental fiscal relations, and public administration, budgeting, and financial management. ISP has managed technical assistance projects and training programs for clients in more than 60 countries.

ISP projects are sponsored by agencies such as the United States Agency International Development (USAID), The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and other regional and national funding agencies and governments.

ISP annual summer training programs provide training on fiscal decentralization and local governance, tax policy and revenue forecasting, and public budgeting and fiscal management for senior government officials from developing and transitional countries and for donor agency representatives. ISP also develops specially tailored training focused on specific policy topics as requested by its clients.

Nonprofit Studies Program

14 Marietta Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
404/413-0133
aysps.gsu.edu/nsp/

The Nonprofit Studies Program (NSP) was organized in 2001 to foster collaborative research on the nonprofit sector within the academic community, to promote policy research that is relevant in today’s political and economic environment, to educate nonprofit managers and leaders, and to serve as a link between scholars and nonprofit practitioners in creating and disseminating knowledge about the sector. The Program involves educational, research and service activities focused on helping nonprofit organizations address their social missions effectively through problem-solving, policy advocacy and effective deployment of their resources. The Program is interdisciplinary, and has special strengths in economic analysis, resource development and management, and policy analysis applied to the concerns of nonprofit organizations. It includes over 30 core and associated faculty from the Andrew Young School, other schools and colleges of Georgia State University, and other universities.

Public Performance and Management Group

10 Park Place, Suite 415B
404/413-0180
www.ppmgsu.org

The Public Performance and Management Group (PPM) offers an array of resources and solutions to assist public administrators to strengthen strategic and operational performance. Core activities include executive level training and development; applied research projects; short or long-term assistance with planning and performance improvement; and dissemination of effective practices. PPM supports improved public performance by providing real-world solutions to today’s public management problems. In addition, PPM provides the ongoing opportunity for faculty and student involvement in field-based projects. All activities are practitioner-oriented and customized for a wide range of state and local government settings. Funding for PPM projects comes from federal grants as well as state and local contracts.

2010.60 Student Organizations

Criminal Justice Student Association

The Criminal Justice Student Association is an organization open to all GSU students who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice. It is our mission to facilitate networking and career building activities in order to create a more cohesive and professional student criminal justice community. We seek to provide forums that focuses on the interaction between students, faculty, program alumni, professionals employed in the field, and members of the broader community. We are committed to developing networks with future criminal justice employers, the GSU Student Government Association, and faculty members in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. Membership brings students and the community together to promote awareness of criminal justice issues in society. Being a member of the CJSA is a great way to get involved on campus and in the Atlanta community, to help develop team building and leadership skills, and to meet other individuals interested in criminal justice issues.  For more information visit their website at: http://aysps.gsu.edu/cj/cjsa.

The Economics Club

The aim of this chartered organization is to promote knowledge of economics on campus and in the community through its activities, and provide a forum where students with similar interests can meet, share ideas, socialize, and enhance their knowledge. Membership is open to all students interested in economics, regardless of their major. The club’s many activities include a guest speaker series that brings noted economists and business leaders to the campus, seminars focusing on career information, and social events. For more information, contact the Department of Economics, 404-413-0141 or visit the Economics Club website: http://aysps.gsu.edu/econ/economics-club.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Club

The Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School is affiliated with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preparing students for careers in nonprofit leadership. The NLA Club will focus on professional leadership development, fundraising, and career networking within the nonprofit community. The club is open to all GSU majors (undergraduate and graduate) who are interested in working and/or volunteering in a nonprofit environment. For more information about meeting times and a calendar of events, please visit their website at http://aysps.gsu.edu/pmap/nla.

Planning and Economic Development Club

The Planning & Economic Development Club seeks to enrich students in the area of planning and economic development. Enrichment of students will occur through: creating a network for students with interest in planning and economic development to interact with one another outside the classroom; informing planning and economic development students of academic and professional opportunities in this area; connecting planning and economic development students to professionals working in this field, hosting a monthly speaker series with topics in planning and economic development; and further enhancing the career development of planning and economic development students at Georgia State University.  For more information about the club, visit: http://aysps.gsu.edu/pmap/ped-club.

PMAP Community Network

The Public Management and Policy (PMAP) Community Network aims to connect public policy and  public administration students, faculty and alumni through hosting social functions, guest speakers, and other events. Their goal is to enhance the academic and social experiences of students in the PMAP department. The Network supports students in both social and professional arenas and is an informational resource for members. Contact the Department of Public Management and Policy for more information, 404-413-0107 or visit the website: http://aysps.gsu.edu/pmap/PMAPCN.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon is a national honor society open to students majoring in Economics. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. For information about Georgia State’s chapter of this honor society, or to apply for membership, contact the Department of Economics, 404-413-0141 or visit the website: http://www.omicrondeltaepsilon.org.

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Students within the School of Social Work are eligible for induction into the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work.  The GSU School of Social Work Chapter is Omicron Gamma, and was chartered in November 2007.  Undergraduate membership requirements include being a social work major, achieving sophomore status, completing 8 semester hours of required social work course, and achieving an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.25 social work GPA.  Membership meetings are held twice yearly; once in the Fall and again in the Spring semesters.

Master of Social Work Club: Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders is the graduate level social work club within the School of Social Work. Bridge Builders offers monthly events that bring together all MSW students through social and educational activities. The club partners with one social service agency each semester to participate in a group community service event. Activities primarily focus on career and professional opportunities within the field of Community Social Work. Bridge Builders also supports the undergraduate social work club and serves as a resource to the undergraduates as they explore graduate school possibilities.  Visit their website for more information: http://aysps.gsu.edu/socialwork/student-organizations/msw-bridge-builders.

BSW Social Work CLUB (Can Lead US Beyond)

The purpose of the Social Work Club at Georgia State University is to serve as a link between current social work students, prospective social work majors, faculty, and administration. The Social Work Club upholds the core values of the profession: service, social justice, dignity, and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence while supporting the development of social, academic, and cultural awareness among undergraduate social work students. The Social Work Club is also a community organization extending services beyond the limits of Georgia State, by providing needed services to groups within the University and the larger community. Please visit the website for more information:  http://aysps.gsu.edu/socialwork/student-organizations/bsw-club.

2010.70 Academic Units

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

1201 Urban Life Building
404/413-1020
http://aysps.gsu.edu/cj

Brian K Payne, Chair
Brent E. Teasdale, Director of Graduate Studies
Faculty: Blackwell, Brezina, Collins, Dabney, Daigle, Finn, Guastaferro, Hinkle, Jacques, Johnson, Muftic, Payne, Reed, Teasdale, Topalli, Warner

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

Department of Economics

5th floor, AYSPS Building
404/413-0141
http://aysps.gsu.edu/econ

Sally Wallace, Chair
Caroline Griffin, Administrative Specialist – Managerial
Bess Blyler, Administrative Specialist – Academic
Cassandra Bunyan, Administrative Coordinator Senior

Faculty: Banzhaf, Bhatt, Brunner, Cox, Courtemanche, Ferraro, Feltenstein, Frost, Gurmu, Heaghney, Hirsch, Kagundu , Kaufman, Laury, Luger, Mangum, Mansfield, Martinez-Vazquez, Marton, Moore, Ngumkeu, O, Patrick, Price, Rider, Rioja, Ross, Rutstrom, Sadiraj, Sass, Schnier, Seaman, Sjoquist, Stephan, Swarthout, Tekin, Tchernis, Valev, Walker, Wallace, Xu

Master Faculty Advisor: Felix Rioja
Doctoral Faculty Advisor: Kurt Schnier

Prefix: ECON

Degrees offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Economics – Policy Track

Department of Public Management and Policy

14 Marietta St. N.W., 3rd Floor
404-413-0107
http://aysps.gsu.edu/pmap

Gregory B. Lewis, Chair
Elsa Gebremedhin, Administrative Specialist – Managerial
Lisa Shepard, Administrative Specialist-Academic
Abena Otudor, Administrative Coordinator

Faculty: Bourdeaux, Hacker, Hildreth, Kahnweiler, Kerlin, Lecy, Lewis, Liu, Martin, Minyard, Newman, Poister, Roch, Searcy, Snyder, Streib, Thomas, Tolan, Waugh, Willoughby, Wright, Young

Prefix: PMAP

Degrees offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Master of Public Policy

Graduate Certificates Offered:

  • Disaster Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning and Economic Development

School of Social Work

1242 Urban Life Building
404/413-1050
http://aysps.gsu.edu/socialwork

Nancy Kropf, Director

Faculty: Beck, Brooks, Dear, Glass, Hamilton-Liddie, Hartinger-Saunders, Ivery, Kropf, Ligon, Littrell, Lewinson, Lyons, Ohmer, Scott, Smith, Watkins, Wertheimer, Whitley, Wolk

Degrees offered:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Advanced Standing Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Social Work

2020 Graduate Admissions

All documents and other materials submitted by or for persons in connection with their interest in consideration for admission to a program become the property of this institution and cannot be returned at any time. It is the responsibility of each applicant to follow the application procedures completely and correctly and to be certain that all required materials have been submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

No guarantee regarding admission can be made before an applicant’s file is complete and has been reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants must assume responsibility for all costs related to applying for admission regardless of the admission decision.

Admission is for entry in a specific program or status and for a specific semester.

2020.10 Graduate Admissions Committee

The graduate admissions committee for each degree program is composed of faculty members from the relevant department. Membership on the committees varies, depending on the academic program. The charge of each admissions committee is to review and make admissions decisions on the completed applicant files for a particular graduate program. Hereafter, all references to the “Graduate Admissions Committee” refer to one of these admissions decision-making bodies.

2020.20 Retention of Records

If an applicant does not complete enrollment for the semester in which admission is sought, the applicant must reapply. Additional credentials and information may be required. Incomplete application files are retained for a maximum of one year.

A student who earns credit in a master’s-level program and later becomes inactive may be required to reestablish his or her file. The Office of the Registrar will maintain a transcript of graduate credit earned at Georgia State University indefinitely.

2020.30 Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline since admission is limited and completed files are reviewed early.

If an application deadline falls on a weekend or university holiday, applications will be accepted until the next business day following the application deadline.

Master’s Programs and Certificates in Criminal Justice, Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration

Fall Semester: April 1 (February 15 is the priority deadline for consideration for Graduate Research Assistantship-GRA-funding)

Spring Semester: October 1

Master of Social Work Program

Admission into the Master of Social Work program will occur twice each year. For both the two-year, full-time program and the part-time programs, students will be admitted only for fall semester. The part time MSW program will only admit a cohort biennially. Please see the School Web site (http://aysps.gsu.edu/socialwork/master-of-social-work) for current information about admission years. The priority deadline for all applications is February 1. The late deadline is April 1.

For the Advanced Standing Program (BSW from an accredited program), students will be admitted during the summer session. The priority deadline for applications for the Advanced Standing Program is February 1. The late deadline is April 1. The School of Social Work requires students newly accepted into MSW program to submit a portion of their first semester’s tuition at the time of acceptance. The advanced tuition, which is nonrefundable, guarantees the student’s place in the class.

Doctoral Programs

Fall Semester
Criminal Justice February 15
Economics February 15
Public Policy February 1

Note: No applications, except transient, will be accepted for summer semester.

2020.40 Application Procedures

Self-Managed Applications

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies uses self-managed applications to its graduate programs. The application process begins with the completion of the online application: http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/graduate-applications.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to collect all required materials other than test scores and submit them at one time to the Office of Academic Assistance (OAA) at the mailing address below:

Mailing Address:

AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
USA

Express/Overnight Delivery:

AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
14 Marietta Street NW, G-52
Atlanta, GA 30303
USA

This procedure eliminates any question about whether the applicant’s transcripts or other documents have been received. It also requires careful planning by the applicant well in advance of the desired semester of entry. There is no provision for temporary or trial admission pending completion of the application procedures. The closing dates for receipt of all application materials for each of the academic terms are listed under the “Application Deadlines” heading above.

All inquiries should be made to:

Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Phone: 404/413-0021
Fax: 404/413-0023
E-mail: GradAYS@gsu.edu

To apply online, visit our website http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/graduate-applications.  The following supplemental materials are required. (Refer to the degree-specific application checklists at the end of this section for a summary of requirements for each degree program.)

Transcripts

Two official copies of the transcript of all previous college work are required from each institution previously attended. Each set of transcripts must be in an envelope from the institution closed with the institution’s official seal and must be submitted unopened by the applicant If an institution’s policies do not permit it to send official transcripts to applicants for use with self-managed applications, the transcripts may be sent directly to the Office of Academic Assistance using the addresses given above.

Transcripts are required from each institution the applicant has attended, regardless of the length of time the applicant attended the institution or the applicant’s status while at the institution, whether the grades are listed on another institution’s transcript or whether a student received a degree from that institution. EXCEPTION: Applicants who have attended Georgia State University must list their dates of attendance on their applications, but they do not have to request their Georgia State transcript. The OAA will obtain a record of the Georgia State coursework.

One copy of each of the transcripts will be given by the OAA to the registrar of the University for a student’s permanent file. A person who has attended Georgia State University as a degree-seeking student may submit only one copy of the transcripts from each institution attended prior to entering Georgia State; two copies are required from all institutions attended after having last attended Georgia State.

An applicant who may have been granted admission pending completion of the undergraduate degree must file two official copies of a supplementary transcript showing the awarding of the degree as soon as it is available but at the latest by the end of late registration the first semester of enrollment. International students must submit proof of degree earned.

Test Requirements

All applicants to the graduate programs must submit official scores on the entrance test required for the program they are requesting. (Refer to the list below for degree-specific test requirements.) Test scores must be reported directly from the Educational Testing Service; candidates’ copies will not be used.

Degree-specific test requirements are as follows:

Applicants for the graduate certificate programs, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Economics, Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Policy, Master of Social Work the Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Public Policy must submit official scores of the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of the Educational Testing Service. Applicants to the joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor degree program who have completed their application and have been admitted to the College of Law at the time they apply to the M.P.A. program may substitute the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for the GRE.

Applicants to the joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor degree program who have completed their application and have been admitted to the College of Law at the time they apply to the M.P.A. program may substitute the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for the GRE.

International applicants whose native language is not English must provide official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). EXCEPTION: This is not required of international applicants who have received an accredited degree from a U.S. institution. However, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Such applicants who are current residents of Georgia may demonstrate English proficiency through testing in the Georgia State University Office of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language; call 404-413-5200 for information.

Applicants should take the appropriate test as early as possible so that scores will be received before the application deadline for the desired semester of enrollment. When taking these tests, applicants must indicate on the test application that their scores should be reported to Georgia State University (see institution codes listed below). GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the desired semester of entry; TOEFL or IELTS scores may not be more than two years old at the desired semester of entry. To arrange to take a test or to have scores reported from a previous administration, contact the Educational Testing Service:

GRE/ETS, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541, 609/771-7670, www.gre.org (have scores reported to code 5251)

TOEFL/ETS, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541, 609/771-7100, www.toefl.org (have scores reported to code 5251)

IELTS, www.ielts.org

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are required of applicants to all (MA, MPA, MPA/JD, MS, MPP, MSW, and Ph.D.) programs with the exception of the graduate certificate programs. The online application web address http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/graduate-applications provides information about submitting letters of recommendation.

Professional Goals Statement (Master’s Applicants) or Biographical/Statement of Interest (Doctoral Applicants)

Applicants to the master’s degree programs of the Andrew Young school of Policy Studies must submit a statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the degree program sought. Most applicants write the equivalent of approximately two to three typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reason they have chosen the degree program, why they want to attend Georgia State University and how the degree fits in with their career goals.  Applicants to the PhD programs statement of professional and academic goals should contain fields of interest and how the program will contribute those goals.

Academic Writing Sample for PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology

This can be a chapter from a thesis, an honor’s paper; a sole authored published paper or a term/research paper.

Interviews

Interviews are usually not part of the admissions process for the master’s degree programs. Prior to final decisions for admission to the doctoral programs, selected applicants may be interviewed either in person or by telephone. If an interview is needed after the Graduate Admissions Committee has reviewed the applicant’s file, the applicant will be contacted to arrange an appointment for this purpose. Applicants are therefore encouraged to provide complete answers to all questions asked on the applications.

Applicants who have questions about the information in this catalog concerning admissions, the programs, application instructions, or related matters, however, are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Assistance at any time during the application process.

Immunization Certification

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State University submit proof of immunization from MMR, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella and Hepatitis B before being allowed to register for classes. A form for providing this certification to the Georgia State University Department of Health Services may be obtained online at www.gsu.edu/health/forms.html.

International Applicant Immigration Form (International Applicants Only)

International applicants who are admitted to Georgia State University must also provide federally required financial documentation showing they have enough funding to attend the University. Only after the financial information is approved will an I-20 document be issued. Forms for providing this information may be obtained online at www.gsu.edu/isss/I-20_process_for_F-1_students.html. Questions about the requirement may be directed to International Student and Scholar Services (252 Sparks Hall, 404-413-2070).

Lawful Presence Requirement

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student applying to Georgia State University will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United State before admission to the university can be finalized. Specific information on this requirement is located at http://www.gsu.edu/admissions/lawful_presence.html.

Program-Specific Application Checklists

Graduate Certificate Programs

  1. Online application.
  2. Application fee of $50.
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  4. Official scores on the GRE.
  5. Professional goals statement.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  1. Online application.
  2. Application fee of $50.
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  4. Official scores on the GRE.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Professional and academic goals statement.

Master of Arts in Economics

  1. Online application.
  2. Application fee of $50.
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  4. Official scores on the GRE.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Professional goals statement.

Master of Public Administration

  1. Online application.
  2. Application fee of $50.
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  4. Official scores on the GRE.
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Professional goals statement.

Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctorate

Applicants to the joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor degree program must be separately admitted to both the J.D. and M.P.A. programs and must request admission to the joint program.

  1. Online application.
  2. Application fee of $50.
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  4. Official scores on the GRE or official LSAT* scores.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Professional goals statement.

Some required materials, including transcripts and test scores, may be obtained from the applicant’s College of Law application file. The applicant is responsible for requesting materials be sent to the Office of Academic Assistance from the School of Law. Applicants who have not completed their application to the College of Law at the time they apply to the M.P.A. program must submit all required materials directly to the Andrew Young School. To apply to the Georgia State University College of Law, go to law.gsu.edu/home.php?version=html.

*LSAT scores are only used for admission to the M.P.A. program if the applicant is also admitted to the School of Law. If the student is not admitted to the School of Law and still wishes to be considered for the M.P.A program he/she will need to submit GRE scores.

Master of Public Policy

  1. Online application
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  4. Official scores on the GRE
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Professional goals statement

Master of Social Work

  1. Online Application
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  4. Official scores on the GRE
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Three letters of recommendation

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology

  1. Online application
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  4. Official scores on the GRE
  5. Writing sample
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Statement of professional and academic goals

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

  1. Online application form
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  4. Official scores on the GRE
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Biographical/Statement of interest

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy

  1. Online application form
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  4. Official scores on the GRE
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Biographical/Statement of interest

Nondegree Status

  1. Online application
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Two official copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  4. Official scores on the GRE
  5. Statement of purpose with list of courses applicant wishes to take in the Andrew Young School

Transient Status

Refer to the “Transient Student” heading below for detailed information on this status.

  1. Online application
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. Letter/Certification of Good Standing from the applicant’s home institution
  4. List of courses applicant wishes to take in the Andrew Young School

International Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Official score on the TOEFL or IELTS unless applicant has received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
  2. Georgia State University International Applicant Immigration Form for issuance of student visa

2020.50 General Admission Criteria

The Graduate Admissions Committee determines the eligibility of each person who applies for graduate-level admission. Admission decisions are competitive. Each applicant is evaluated individually and among the current group of candidates. In this evaluation, consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record, scores on the entrance test(s), educational background, educational objectives, narrative information, work experience, professional activities, and character. These elements together must indicate a favorable prospect of success in graduate study for an offer of admission to be made. In making the decision, the committee must consider at all times the optimum number of students in the program. This could result in the denial or deferral of otherwise qualified applicants. Please see the GSU General Admissions statement in section 1100 of the Graduate Catalog.

A bachelor’s degree in any field of study from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission to all of the degree programs. Only coursework from institutions with accreditation equivalent to that granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is considered in evaluating an applicant for admission.

In reviewing the past academic work of applicants, the Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates both the overall undergraduate GPA and the junior/senior GPA, taking into consideration the institution(s) attended and program of study completed. In evaluating scores on the GRE, the committee looks for a balance between verbal and quantitative scores in addition to considering the total score, because all of the graduate programs require strong communication skills and quantitative ability.

In cases where the applicant has done additional accredited undergraduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree or has done accredited graduate work, a “most recent two-year GPA” will be calculated. This is defined as the most recent ninety quarter hours or sixty semester hours of coursework (to the nearest whole term). If this GPA shows more academic promise than the overall GPA, it will be given more weight in the admission consideration.

Applicants are not required to submit a general certification of their state of health but are required to submit proof of immunization in accordance with the previous immunization section.

At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, some applicants may be admitted to provisional status in the M.A. or M.S. programs. Relevant work experience, recommendation letters, and the applicant’s statement of professional objectives will weigh heavily in these admission decisions. A student who is admitted in such status must earn a grade of “B” or better in each of the courses specified by the Graduate Admissions Committee, and/or complete other requirements specified by the Graduate Admissions Committee, in order to be admitted to full status. Students who are admitted in provisional status will receive an outline of these requirements as part of their admission decision letter.

Admission decisions are communicated in writing to applicants as soon as practical after all application materials have been received and evaluated. Admission decisions cannot be given by telephone, nor can they be given to any person other than the applicant without written release from the applicant to do so.

2020.55 Detailed Requirements for the School of Social Work

Requirements include the following:

  1. Possess a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional agency recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Education.
  2. Have earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work attempted OR have earned a grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work.
  3. Complete a liberal arts perspective which generally should include two courses in humanities, 12 semester hours in the social sciences, one course with human biology content, two courses in English composition, and college algebra or higher-level math. In addition, students must have one course in statistics and a second in research methods.

Advanced Standing Social Work Program

Admission to the Advanced Standing Program will be available to students who meet all of the above admission requirements and who also:

  1. Possess a bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The bachelor’s degree must have been earned within five years of the time applying to Georgia State University’s Master of Social Work program.
  2. Have earned an overall grade point average of at least a 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, with no less than a grade of B in any graded field education course or at least the equivalent of “satisfactory’ in an ungraded field education course.
  3. Have earned a grade of C or better in the following courses: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Research Methods, Social Welfare Policy, and Social Work Practice.

Transfer Admission for the School of Social Work

Students who have successfully completed one full academic year of MSW course work and at least 400 clock hours of field placement in a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education are eligible to apply to the Advanced Standing program. All other transfer requests can be made on a case-by-case basis. Students wishing to transfer are advised to contact the Director of Student and Community Services.

2020.60 Master’s-Level Nondegree and Postgraduate Status Transient Students

The master’s-level nondegree and postgraduate classifications are provided by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in recognition of the fact that education is a lifelong process and that people may wish to enroll in one or more graduate courses at various times for personal or professional reasons without completing an entire degree program.

Neither nondegree status nor postgraduate status in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is provided for students who intend to qualify for any degree, certification or other status in another college of Georgia State University. Students with this goal must, at the first opportunity, contact the appropriate graduate admissions office for procedures and criteria for establishing graduate status in that college.

Definition of Nondegree Status: Nondegree students are those who have followed the same admissions procedures and met the same admissions deadlines and criteria as applicants to the various master’s programs, but do not wish to pursue a graduate degree. These students are admitted to enroll in graduate courses of their choice in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. They may enroll for credit or for audit. International students will not be admitted in nondegree status.

Note: The School of Social Work does not accept graduate students in the nondegree category.

Definition of Postgraduate Status: Postgraduate students are those who have received a graduate degree from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and wish to reenter to take additional graduate courses in this school, but do not wish to pursue another graduate degree. They may also enroll for credit or for audit.

Responsibilities/Continued Enrollment: Nondegree and postgraduate students are responsible for meeting all academic regulations of the school and the university, including the requirements for maintaining good academic standing. It is therefore important that those students be familiar with the provisions of the Graduate Catalog in effect at the time of their enrollment in either status. Students may continue to enroll in nondegree or postgraduate status indefinitely, as long as at least a 3.00 GPA is maintained. No more than six hours of coursework taken in nondegree or postgraduate status, however, may be subsequently applied toward a graduate degree of this school.

Nondegree and postgraduate students must follow proper registration procedures each semester they wish to enroll; these classifications do not waive the responsibility to register correctly and on a timely basis. All prerequisites to any course taken must be met. These classifications are not intended as a means to circumvent proper course sequencing.

Changing from Nondegree or Postgraduate Status to Degree Status: Students who wish to change to degree seeking status must file an application for the program desired and all supporting documents by the appropriate deadline for the semester for which admission is sought. Further information on application procedures for admission to degree programs in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies may be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance.

Any credit earned while in nondegree or postgraduate status must be no more than six years old at the time the student graduates if it is to be counted for credit toward the degree program to which the student is changing.

Grades from all attempts at all courses that are taken at the graduate level will become part of the student’s GPA. This means that the nondegree and postgraduate status are not intended as a means to make attempts at courses that are anticipated to be difficult with the intention of having only the final attempt count in the GPA for the degree program.

2020.70 Transient Students

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program at another accredited institution may take graduate courses in the school. A maximum of nine semester hours may be taken as a transient student unless approval for additional hours is requested from the student’s home institution. Transients who later enroll in an Andrew Young School of Policy Studies master’s level program may apply a maximum of six appropriate graduate credit hours earned in transient status toward the requirements for the AYSPS program.

To be admitted to transient status, applicants must complete:

  1. Online application
  2. Application fee of $50
  3. A Letter/Certification of Good Standing completed by the home institution. After an appropriate official at the home institution has completed this form, it should be placed in an envelope, sealed with the official’s signature across the sealed portion of the envelope and returned to the applicant for mailing
  4. A list of courses applicant wishes to take in the Andrew Young School

A transient student should come prepared with alternative courses approved by the home institution. Georgia State University does not guarantee that a transient student will be able to secure the courses desired. If, for example, courses are full when a transient student becomes eligible for registration, the student will not be admitted to these classes. A transient student must meet all the prerequisites for Georgia State courses as defined by Georgia State University.

If a transcript is needed by the home institution, the student must order a transcript via the university website using your access code. The university does not automatically forward transcripts to the home institution.

A student who attends Georgia State University as a transient student normally will only be allowed to attend the semester in which acceptance was granted. A transient student who wishes to enroll for a subsequent semester must submit a new application.

The school reserves the right to request a new Certification of Good Standing before the expiration date and/or a transcript from the home institution. If this information is deemed necessary, the transient student will be notified.

Transient students who apply are cautioned that approval may not be granted by the OAA if the grade-point-average in the course(s) taken at Georgia State University is lower than 3.00, which is the minimum required to maintain good standing at the graduate level.

Deadlines for receipt of all materials required for admission as a transient student in each term are shown below:

Fall semester April 1
Spring semester October 1
Summer semester April 1

2020.80 International Students

It is the policy of Georgia State University to encourage the enrollment of students from other countries. The institution subscribes to the principles of international education and to the basic concept that only through education and understanding can mutual respect, appreciation, and tolerance of others be accomplished. The recognition of the values of cultural exchange is inherent in our philosophy of education and is predicated on an awareness of the need to foster better cooperation, friendship, and understanding among the peoples of the world. In this regard, we welcome international students to our campus, because we believe in a cultural exchange program that will be beneficial to our own student body, to the international students involved, and to metropolitan Atlanta.

English Proficiency: In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, an international applicant whose native language is other than English must submit official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before admission can be considered. EXCEPTION: The TOEFL or IELTS is not required of international applicants who have received a post-secondary degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

Georgia State University also requires that all accepted international applicants demonstrate proficiency in English when they arrive on campus. This testing will be conducted during the international student orientation program that is held each semester before classes begin. Orientation is mandatory.

An accepted international applicant whose test results indicate a lack of proficiency in English will be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete English courses deemed appropriate as a result of evaluation by the Office of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL). Any English courses needed as a result of this evaluation become a formal part of the international student’s degree requirements and must be given first priority in registering for courses. Detailed information on the English proficiency requirements for graduate students in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is available from the Office of Academic Assistance.

Academic Credentials: Each applicant must present “official” credentials attesting to academic achievement as to level and performance. “Official” documents will vary from country to country, but should be original documents with authoritative signatures, seals, stamps, or other verifications. Whenever possible, these should be sent by the institution responsible for issuing such documents. In cases where it is impossible for an applicant to have these credentials sent from such institution(s), the applicant should forward a duly “notarized” or “attested to” copy. A proper government official or proper representative of the American Embassy in the country should do the notarization.

When the documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by translations. These translations must be the original form and contain acceptable notarization as described above for a copy of the original documents. Translations should be made by the American Embassy, the home country Embassy, or an appropriate government official. As a general rule, documents translated by the Office of the American Friends of the Middle East (AFME) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) will be acceptable.

In some cases, the OAA may require that the applicant have his or her international educational credentials evaluated by an evaluation service. In such cases, the applicant will be notified to complete the credential evaluation application forms of Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), whose services the university frequently uses. There is an additional fee charged by these companies for this evaluation. Applicants with questions regarding credential evaluation or the service used should contact the OAA.

Course descriptions (syllabi) and any other information submitted in an attempt to qualify for exemption from course requirements must meet the same criteria for “official” documents as described above. These documents must be received directly from the institution and have a cover letter written on the institution’s letterhead mentioning the student’s name and certifying that the outline is comparable to the way the course was taught when the student took the course.

Financial Resources: Georgia State encourages the enrollment of students from other countries. International applicants who are admitted to Georgia State University must provide federally required financial documentation showing they have enough funding to attend the University. Only after the financial information is approved will an I-20 document be issued. Forms for providing this information may be obtained online at www.gsu.edu/isss/I-20_process_for_F-1_students.html. Questions about the requirement may be directed to International Student and Scholar Services (252 Sparks Hall, 404-413-2070).

International applicants should be aware that the minimum financial resources requirement for a certificate of eligibility is based on an extremely modest budget and standard of living and does not include the cost of owning a car. Tuition expenses are based on the minimum enrollment required for a graduate international student, which are three courses (nine hours) per semester for two semesters a year. (For these purposes, summer term may count as a semester.) Students who plan to attend in summer must plan for additional tuition and books.

Financial aid from the university is not available for international students. International students may be considered for graduate assistantships and waivers of nonresident fees, but the stipends associated with assistantships and tuition reduction associated with the waivers may not be counted toward the minimum financial resources required for issuance of the certificate of eligibility.

It is extremely unwise for students who receive assistantships or nonresident fee waivers not to continue to include full nonresident tuition in their budgets. No guarantee can be made that either award will continue to be available from semester to semester.

Full-time Course Load: The international student with a student visa is required to carry a full course of study for fall and spring terms; summer is an optional vacation semester. Students who choose to enroll during the summer semester must meet the minimum course load required for an assistantship or a nonresident fee waiver if either is received during that semester.

A full course of study at Georgia State is twelve semester hours for undergraduate students and nine semester hours for graduate students.

2020.90 Waivers of Nonresident Tuition

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies has a limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers available for accepted applicants and students in the college. Most of these waivers are awarded at the time the applicant is accepted to the graduate program. These waivers are provided by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and are limited to full-time students. Awarding of waivers is competitive and based on academic merit.

Because these waivers are not guaranteed, international applicants cannot exclude nonresident tuition from the financial resources they are required to document as part of the admissions process. Current students in the college who did not receive a waiver as part of the admissions process may complete an application obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance. New applications are required each semester unless otherwise specified.

2020.95 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships

Graduate students in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies are eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). Doctoral students in the school may also be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs).

Masters Students

Students interested in graduate assistantships can find the application form online at http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/graduate-research-assistantships.  Assistantships are decided by the academic department. Notification of an award will be sent directly from the department or unit awarding the assistantship.

Doctoral Students

Doctoral students in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies are automatically eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) and are automatically considered during the admissions process. All students who receive an assistantship stipend also receive a tuition waiver. For first-year students, the average award for the past two years has been approximately an $18,000 stipend plus a tuition waiver.

Almost all doctoral students requesting it receive some type of financial assistance. After admission to the doctoral programs, the Office of Academic Assistance will inform newly admitted students who are seeking a GRA or GTA of the type and number of appointments, if any, which they have been awarded.

Second-year students and beyond are also eligible for research and teaching assistantships, and the program has a history of continuing to fund students who are demonstrating progress in the program at a level of support equal to or greater than what they received during the first year.

Students hired as graduate research assistants work with faculty members in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies on research projects in their area of interest. (Students in the joint Ph.D. in Public Policy may also work with faculty in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech.) The partnerships between the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, its research centers and a number of nonpartisan, nonprofit research organizations give students working as GRAs the opportunity to perform research which can have immediate application to problems of city, county, state, and federal policy-makers. Additionally, a number of GRAs have been involved in international policy projects, most recently on tax reform in Russia and environmental issues in South America. For further information or to apply for a research or teaching assistantship in the school, contact the Office of Academic Assistance.

2030 Graduate Enrollment

2030.10 Students’ Responsibility

Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of the rules and regulations of the school and the university, and of departmental requirements concerning their individual programs. Enrollment in a graduate program of this school constitutes students’ acknowledgment that they are obligated to comply with all academic and administrative regulations and degree requirements. Students are encouraged to read carefully the regulations that follow.

2030.15 Time Limit for Completion of Degree/Graduate Certificates

Before deciding to enroll in a graduate program of this school, students must examine seriously and realistically their abilities to adjust their personal and professional schedules to accommodate the challenge of graduate study. The maximum time limits set by the faculty for completing a graduate degree program are: six years from the first semester of admission for the master’s programs; three years from the first semester of admission for the certificate programs and seven years from the first semester of admission for the doctoral programs. Students or applicants with questions about the commitment needed to complete the graduate programs should schedule an appointment with the school’s Office of Academic Assistance.

2030.20 Changing Semester of Entry/Application

Admission to a graduate program is for the specific semester stated in the acceptance letter. An admitted applicant who does not enroll for the semester for which acceptance was granted must reapply each semester of desired entry.

Applicants who are denied admission to a graduate program must reapply to the desired program of entry by the applicable deadline.

2030.25 Changing Programs/Status Master’s-Level

A master’s student who wishes to change programs or status may begin the process by notifying the Office of Academic Assistance in writing. The file of the student will then be sent to the Graduate Admissions Committee for a recommended admission decision. All change of program requests must be received by the application deadline for the desired term of entry. A student who has applied for admission to a new program will be notified in writing of the decision. Changes in program require that students making such changes follow the program requirements of the graduate catalog in effect at the time of the change.

2030.30 Catalog Editions

Normally, students will be permitted to graduate under the provisions of the graduate catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment. Students may choose to graduate under the provisions of a subsequent graduate catalog; that is, they may choose to change their “catalog edition.” Students who choose to do this must meet all provisions of the subsequent graduate catalog.

Students are required to change to the current catalog edition when they change programs/statuses or after certain absences from the program, as explained below. (See also the preceding heading “Changing Programs/Status.”)

2030.35 Noncontinuous Enrollment and Requests to Reenter

Students who have not attended Georgia State University within one calendar year are required to fill out a Reentry Application form obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance (http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/7375).

Students who do not attend the semester for which reentry was originally required must complete a new reentry form for subsequent semesters.

All students who wish to reenter one of the graduate level programs or nondegree status after an absence of one year must meet the degree requirements and academic regulations of the graduate catalog current upon return, along with other reentry provisions as may be in effect.

Reentering students who have earned a minimum of 18 hours of appropriate credit at Georgia State University with a minimum GPA of 3.00 will be eligible for reentry without being required to meet current admissions criteria.

“Appropriate credit” means assigned preparatory courses and/or other courses that are applicable to the student’s current program.

Students who have not earned at least 18 hours of appropriate credit at Georgia State University with a minimum GPA of at least 3.00 must reapply and meet current admissions criteria. The provision to meet current admissions criteria includes submission of current scores on the Graduate Record Examination if the latest score on file will be more than five years old at the time of reentry.

All students who are approved to reenroll will be eligible to retain all Georgia State credit (and already approved transfer credit, if any) earned previously if their program can be completed within the time limit that was applicable to their program before the absence. The cumulative graduate GPA calculations will include all attempts in all graduate courses at Georgia State. Current time limits would apply.

Students who plan not to register for a particular semester but who intend to continue the program at some later semester should discuss such plans with an academic Advisor in order to facilitate reentry at a subsequent time. Failure to comply with this request may complicate reentry in the semester preferred. An absence from the program, whether planned or unplanned, does not exempt students from the requirement to complete the program within the appropriate time limit.

2030.40 Course Load

The course load of a master’s student may vary with the circumstances of the individual student each semester. A graduate student may enroll in 3 to 12 hours. Enrolling in more than 12 hours is not recommended and students should seek advisement with the Office of Academic Assistance prior to registration unless employed as a GRA with the university.

In determining each semester’s course load, a student must balance other time constraints (work, family, civic, and other responsibilities) with the need to make reasonable and timely progress toward completion of the program. The maximum time limits set by the faculty for completion of a degree program are: six years from the first semester of admission for the master’s programs; seven years from the first semester of admission for the doctoral programs.

2030.45 Enrollment in Approved Courses

Students must enroll for courses that are part of the approved curriculum for the program to which they have been accepted. Students who do otherwise are subject to loss of credit and/or loss of eligibility to continue to register. For students to follow the program of study for an AYSPS degree, they must qualify for admission to the AYSPS program.

2030.50 Computer Use Policy

Each student enrolled at Georgia State University must have access to a computer, and any course offered at the University may require computer-based work. Further, the student’s computer must provide access to e-mail accounts, the World Wide Web using a current browser, and spreadsheet and word processing software. Departments and other units may establish minimum machine capability and software requirements, including the requirement that a student in a certain degree program must own a computer. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure his or her access to a computer. Computers are available in the open-access computer laboratories on campus that provide the basic level of computer capabilities, but these laboratories are heavily used and cannot guarantee a student access to a computer at a particular time.

Courses in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies frequently incorporate assignments that require computing skills, and at the graduate level, for some courses, it is essential that the student have computer skills. Courses requiring special skills are listed in this catalog. Overall, the Department of Public Management and Policy requires students to have access to Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a current version of the Microsoft Explorer browser. The Netscape browser is acceptable if it is configured to allow online access to Word and PowerPoint.

Students who believe they lack either basic or advanced microcomputing skills are expected to acquire this knowledge through whatever means they deem most appropriate before they enter a course.

There are several computer labs on campus available for students with varying hours including some locations that are open 24 hours a day. All labs contain IBM-compatible microcomputers connected to a local area network and laser printers.

2030.55 Separate Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

Except for the circumstances described in the regulation below titled “Policy on Allowing Undergraduates to Take Graduate Courses,” the graduate and undergraduate programs of the school are entirely separate and only those persons who have been admitted to a graduate program may enroll in courses numbered 6000 or higher. No undergraduate course credit, including that obtained in required background work for a graduate degree, may be applied toward any of the graduate-level programs.

2030.60 Policy on Independent Studies/Directed Readings at the Master’s Level

Enrollment in independent study is limited to graduate students with a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. A student may not take more than one independent study or independent readings course to count toward fulfillment of degree requirements. An independent studies/directed readings course may not be substituted for a core course requirement. Faculty will assign letter grades, rather than “S” or “U,” for all independent studies and directed readings. A faculty member may seek the assessment of a second faculty reader on any independent study paper. This choice is wholly at the discretion of the faculty member who is principally responsible for supervising the independent work. Students interested in enrolling in independent studies/directed readings should contact the Office of Academic Assistance prior to registration for the semester they wish to take the course.

2030.65 Policy on Transfer Credit at the Master’s Level

Transfer of credit will be approved under the following conditions. The course, if completed at an institution in the United States, must have been completed at an institution recognized by a regional accrediting body as degree granting for higher education at the time the course was taken.

  • The course must have been restricted to graduate students only.
  • A grade of B of higher must have been received in the course.
  • The content of the course must correspond to that of a Georgia State University course required or permitted in the student’s program.
  • Degree credit completed before enrollment in the current Georgia State program will be considered if it will not be more than six years old at the time the student graduates.
  • Credit completed elsewhere after enrollment in the current Georgia State program will be considered for transfer credit if it is within the time limit allowed for completion of the current program.
  • Transfer credit will be limited to a maximum of 6 semester hours.

A request for transfer credit form must be completed. The request must indicate the specific course(s) for which transfer credit is sought. A copy of the other institution’s catalog must be submitted to verify that the course was limited to graduate students only. The Office of Academic Assistance must have an official transcript on file showing course completion for the course being requested. Requests for transfer of graduate credit cannot be processed until all necessary information has been received.

Transfer credit will not be considered for master’s students admitted in special status or provisional status until the student has completed the special coursework requirements and has been admitted to full status in the master’s programs. Once the student has completed these requirements, he or she may follow the procedures outlined above to request transfer credit.

2030.70 Out-of-Residence Credit and Graduation

Students who wish to take graduate courses at another institution to complete the coursework for their Georgia State degree should provide the information listed above (except the transcript) to the Office of Academic Assistance before enrolling at the other institution. Advance approval will ensure that the transfer credit can be granted if a “B” or higher is earned in the course(s) and the coursework is completed within the time limit allowed for the student’s degree program. Such students should plan to graduate at least one semester after the quarter/semester in which the last course to be transferred has been taken. This will allow adequate time for the necessary transcript to be received and for the transfer credit to be processed. Please refer to the graduation office website for complete instructions and information concerning applying for graduation and the graduation fee: www.gsu.edu/es/graduation.html. A letter certifying completion of degree requirements and stating the date the degree will be conferred can be furnished to the student by the OAA.

2030.75 Grade Requirements for Graduation

A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for graduation in all attempts in all graduate courses taken while a student at Georgia State University. No grade below C is acceptable. No course in which a grade of B or higher has been earned may be repeated for degree credit.

For a master’s student, no more than three semester hours of coursework with a grade of C may be counted toward the degree. For a doctoral student, no more than six semester hours of coursework with a grade of C may be counted toward the degree. Only in a course in which a grade of C or lower is earned may a student repeat the course and only one such course may be repeated, one time. When a course is repeated both grades count in the student’s cumulative grade point average.

2030.80 Multiple Master’s Degrees

A student may take a particular master’s degree only once. However, a student who holds a master’s degree of this school may qualify for a different master’s degree of this school. To so qualify he or she must meet all admission requirements in effect for the second degree and thereafter fulfill all requirements for the second master’s degree. Along with all other requirements, the student must meet the 24-hour minimum residence requirements for the second degree with appropriate grades and coursework that has not been applied in satisfaction of the requirements of any other degree.

2030.85 Standards of Performance

The dean or associate dean of the school may require that a student withdraw from a particular course or courses, from a graduate program, or from the school because of unsatisfactory academic work or for other adequate reason. To continue in a graduate program, a student must make reasonable and timely progress in terms of grades, courses, and other requirements toward the degree concerned.

The student’s progress may be reviewed each semester. As a result of this review, any student whose scholastic performance does not indicate appropriate progress may be required to reduce the course load or may be required to withdraw from the program.

2030.90 Scholastic Discipline: Master’s Programs and Status

Each student admitted to a graduate program or status of the school must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) in the program of 3.00 or higher in all attempts at all courses numbered 6000 and higher. (This means that the original grade in a course that is repeated is not dropped from the cumulative GPA for purposes of determining good academic standing.) Also included in this GPA are all graduate level courses at the university in addition to those in the degree program. Therefore, a student who wishes to take a course for personal enrichment or for other purposes not related to pursuit of the degree should audit the course.

The GPA calculation on the university transcript includes all attempts at all graduate courses taken at the Georgia State University. This means that for a student who has previously taken graduate courses, the transcript GPA may differ from the GPA for the current program. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative GPA in all graduate courses completed at Georgia State of 3.0 or higher

Questions about calculation of the GPA for determining academic standing should be directed to the Office of Academic Assistance. Any student with unusual circumstances (such as credit lost due to the time limit for completing a program) must contact the Office of Academic Assistance for further information. The interpretation of the school’s scholastic discipline policy as it applies to unusual situations is the responsibility of the dean of the school as represented by the Office of Academic Assistance.

2030.95 Scholastic Warning, Exclusion and Termination (Master’s-Level)

A master’s student in the school whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 at the end of a semester will be placed on “scholastic warning.” After being placed on scholastic warning, a student must attain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average within two consecutive semesters of enrollment; otherwise, the student will be terminated from the master’s program.

Students who are admitted to provisional status in a master’s program who fail to meet the special admission requirements for the program as outlined in their admission decision letter will be permanently excluded from that program.

Doctoral students should refer to the “Scholastic Warning and Termination” heading in the “Doctoral Programs” section of this chapter.

2040 Student Appeals Procedures

The appeals procedure for graduate students in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will follow different courses, depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. The various types of situations and the appropriate appeals avenues are as follows:

2040.10 Admissions Appeals

At the graduate level, a person who wishes to appeal an admission decision first discusses the matter with the Office of Academic Assistance. If the question is not settled there, a written appeal must be submitted to the director of academic assistance within 10 working days of the date of the denial. (Workdays are counted as Monday through Friday except university holidays.) The director will present the appeal to the Graduate Admissions Committee, which will examine the facts presented. The director, on behalf of the committee, will make a recommendation to the associate dean for academic programs. The associate dean will render a written decision to the applicant normally within 10 workdays of the date the applicant’s letter was received by the director of academic assistance. See Section 1100 of the Graduate Catalog for University level appeals of admission decisions.

2040.20 Student Complaints, Petitions for Policy Waivers and Variances, and Appeals

The appeals procedure for students will follow different courses depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. Please refer to University Information Section 1050.80 under Polices and Disclosures in this catalog or visit www.gsu.edu/enrollment/appeals.html online for details.

2040.30 Appeal of Exclusions and Terminations

Terminated or excluded graduate students with questions about their status should first discuss their situation with an advisor in the Office of Academic Assistance. Following this discussion, students who believe they have extenuating circumstances may submit a written appeal of their termination or exclusion to the director of the Office of Academic Assistance. The director will review the information submitted in support of the appeal and the student’s total record. The director will then make a recommendation to the associate dean for academic programs, who will make the decision regarding acceptance or denial of the appeal. The student will receive a written response from the school normally within 10 workdays of the date the appeal is received. (Workdays are counted as Monday through Friday except university holidays.)

Having been enrolled in too many courses relative to job requirements or other responsibilities or having continued to enroll while experiencing personal, work, or health-related problems very rarely constitutes such extenuating circumstances.

Requests for such consideration must be submitted, in writing, to the director of academic assistance within 10 workdays (defined as Monday through Friday except university holidays). Students should write their appeals completely, but concisely, and include all facts germane to their case. Documentation should be provided, where possible, to substantiate statements made. Specific dates of the beginning and ending of particular problems should be included. Only circumstances described in the written and signed appeal as initially submitted will be accepted from the student; oral appeals are not permitted, nor are requests to submit additional information after the appeal has been reviewed. Appeals must be dated, signed, and include the student’s home address and telephone numbers (work and home).

Petitions

A master’s student requesting course substitution may complete a petition form. This form is available online at http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/student-forms.

A doctoral student who believes that unusual circumstances invalidate any of the regulations or requirements relating to the degree may write a petition letter to the doctoral coordinator for exemption or change in the policy. If the doctoral coordinator supports the request, a letter of support will be submitted to the director of the Office of Academic Assistance for a decision after consultation with the associate dean.

2050 Master’s Programs

2050.10 Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in criminal justice represents a broad range of study designed to meet the academic needs of students seeking further graduate education, pre-professional students, and those already employed in the wide range of agencies that make up the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems.

In each degree program, the focus of study includes the justice system as well as the nature, causes, and control of criminal behavior. The requirements of degree programs in this department stress an integrated view of the criminal justice system. In this view, all components of the system interrelate with all other components to provide coordinated justice administration. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the developing theoretical knowledge base in this area of study, while simultaneously providing an understanding of how each of the component parts relates in forming the justice system, and how offenders and victims fit within it.

In addition, students learn how the justice system influences, and is influenced by other institutions in society. An adequately functioning criminal justice system participates in appropriate structuring of legislation, providing information and education within the system and to the public, crime prevention, psychological counseling, and prisoner rehabilitation. Also included among its many roles is work with juveniles, quantitative and qualitative scholarly research, guidance to probationers and parolees, assistance to citizen groups and crime victims, and many other tasks.

Students’ learning in the classroom is enhanced as members of the as faculty bring forth a myriad of expertise in criminal justice and criminology. Currently, faculty research topics include but are not limited to sex differences in criminality and criminal justice processing; specialty courts; community policing; public defense systems; domestic violence; elder abuse; sexual harassment; comparative criminal justice; drugs and crime; homicide co-victimization; legal issues in policing; evaluation research; community differences in the nature of crime; place-based criminology; private security; electronic monitoring; informal social control; domestic terrorism; homeland security; healthcare fraud; mental health; organizational misconduct; juvenile delinquency and youth violence; criminological theory; active offender decision-making; drug markets and urban violence; crime victimization; and community corrections. Faculty members conduct research drawing on their expertise in a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, thus allowing them to bring not only their topical expertise, but also their methodological experience into the learning environment.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is to generate and disseminate knowledge and information that is theoretically driven and policy relevant for the fields of criminal justice and criminology. This is accomplished by engaging in research and scholarly activities to address issues of crime and justice affecting diverse populations in urban settings; producing students who are critical and ethical thinkers, knowledgeable about the issues of crime and justice, and prepared for leadership positions in the public and private sector that address crime and justice problems; and collaborating with communities, including public and private agencies through education, training, and research ventures that enhance our understanding of, and response to, issues associated with crime and the administration of justice. Through these activities, the Department promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service that enhances the criminal justice profession and benefits the community at large.

Program Objectives

At the time of graduation, students who successfully complete the master’s degree program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working understanding of the theoretical knowledge base in criminal justice and criminology.
  2. Critically analyze crime and justice issues and/or information utilizing theoretical, methodological, and statistical skills
  3. Apply learned terminology and theory to real-world situations that both relate to and expand outside the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
  4. Communicate effectively, in oral and written form, their understanding and analyses of crime and justice issues as they apply their knowledge to real-world problems and questions.
  5. Apply acquired research and statistical skill bases to evaluate the quality of scholarly products and their contribution to the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
  6. Discuss an integrated view of crime and criminal justice systems and processes and how the components interact and intersect to provide coordinated justice administration.

Program Academic Regulations

Students in the M.S. program must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good standing and to graduate. It is expected that all required courses in criminal justice will be completed with a grade of B- or above.

A grade lower than a grade of B- in more than one required courses will prohibit registration for thesis credits until one of these required courses has been completed with a grade of B- or higher. Students may not register for thesis credit unless all other required courses have been completed successfully.

For a master’s student, no more than three semester hours of coursework with a grade of C may be counted toward the degree (note: a grade of C- will not be counted toward the degree).  Only in a course in which a grade of C or lower is earned may a student repeat the course and only one such course may be repeated, one time. When a course is repeated both grades count in the student’s cumulative grade point average. Please refer to the ”Graduate Enrollment” section  in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ section of the Graduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements for the M.S. Program

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The master’s degree program in criminal justice (M.S. program) requires completion of 36 credit hours, of which 15 credit hours are required courses, 15-18 credit hours are elective courses, and 3-6 credit hours comprise the capstone experience. Semester hours are shown in parentheses after each entry.

  1. Required Courses (15)
    • CRJU 7010 Crime and the Criminal Justice System (3)
    • CRJU 8050 Criminological Theory (3)
    • CRJU 8610 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 8620 Statistics in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 8710 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice (3)
  2. Elective Courses (15-18)
    • CRJU 6040 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)
    • CRJU 6060 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 6070 Family Violence and Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 6230 Prevention and Correctional Strategies for Juvenile Offenders (3)
    • CRJU 6920 Community Policing (3)
    • CRJU 6940 Internship in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 6960 Domestic Terrorism (3)
    • CRJU 7510 Organization and Management Theory in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 7630 Applied Regression Analysis for Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 7730 Workplace Law for Criminal Justice Managers (3)
    • CRJU 7920 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 8110 Law Enforcement Issues (3)
    • CRJU 8210 Juvenile Justice Issues (3)
    • CRJU 8310 Correctional Issues (3)
    • CRJU 8410 Criminological Issues (3)
    • CRJU 8720 Legal Issues (3)
    • CRJU 8900 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 8910 Readings in Criminal Justice (1-3)
    • CRJU 8990 Master’s Thesis (6)
  3. Capstone Experience (3-6)

Required Courses

The required courses provide strong backgrounds in criminological theory, legal issues, statistics, and research methods. Students take 15 credit hours in required courses.

Elective Courses

The elective courses provide concentrations and expertise in a variety of specialized areas. A student is required to complete 15 or 18 credit hours from the elective course offerings, depending upon whether he or she chooses to complete the thesis or non-thesis option of the capstone experience. The selection of elective courses will depend on the student’s needs in terms of academic and career goals and must be made in consultation with and approved by the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Students not in the Public Administration Track (described below) can take no more than six credit hours or two courses outside of regularly scheduled department courses. Students in the Public Administration Track are required to take 12 credit hours or four courses in PMAP.

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience functions as an integrative experience and provides students with a choice of activities designed to enhance their knowledge of criminal justice and the research process to prepare them for entry into a doctoral program or a professional career. All master’s students will be required to complete a capstone experience during the latter part of their degree program. All students will complete one of the following two options for their capstone experience:

  1. Thesis Research (CRJU 8990). Thesis research includes individual study of a selected research problem in criminal justice or criminology under the direction of an approved thesis chair and thesis committee. A thesis track student must take 12 credit hours of elective courses and a minimum of six continuous hours of thesis credit. Students may not register for thesis credit unless all other required courses have been completed successfully.
  2. Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice (CRJU 8980). The capstone seminar requires non-thesis students to complete written and oral critical analyses of scholarly literature, applying their core knowledge to real-world problems and questions within the fields of criminal justice and criminology. The seminar provides students with an integrative experience whereby theory, scholarly research, and practice are integrated to solve specific organizational challenges and policy concerns involving crime and justice issues. A non-thesis track student must take 18 semester hours of elective coursework. Students choosing the non-thesis option will be required to enroll in the capstone seminar during the Spring semester (the course will not be offered during the Fall semester or Summer session). Students who have completed successfully at least 21 credit hours toward the degree, including all of the required courses, will be permitted to enroll in the capstone seminar.

Public Administration Area of Specialization (Track) in the M.S. Degree Program

The M.S. degree program in Criminal Justice offers an area of specialization track to provide CJ M.S. students with an in-depth exposure to concepts and practices within public administration. The courses in the Public Administration (PA) track are offered by the Department of Management and Policy. The track includes 2 required courses and 2 elective courses selected from a set of options. Completion of the PA track will be shown on the CJ M.S. students’ transcripts. The 12 credit hours in the PA Track are subtracted from the 18 hours of elective courses in #2 above that describes the M.S. in CJ curriculum. Thus, CJ M.S. students in the PA Track enroll in 12 hours of PMAP courses, and six hours of CJ elective courses.

Required Courses (6 credit hours):

  • PMAP 8141 Microeconomics for Public Policy (3)
  • PMAP 8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Select two of the following:

  • PMAP 8161 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PMAP 8171 Public Management Systems and Strategies (3)
  • PMAP 8210 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector (3)
  • PMAP 8231 Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3)
  • PMAP 8271 Disaster Management (3)
  • PMAP 8411 Law for Public and Nonprofit Mangers (3)
  • PMAP 8521 Evaluation Research: Design and Practice (3)
  • PMAP 8561 GIS Applications to Planning and Policy Analysis (3)

Students who choose to complete the PA track are automatically placed within the CJ M.S. non-thesis track, requiring the completion of the capstone seminar. The thesis option is not available for PA track students. It is the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies to substitute other courses to meet the requirements of the PA track. Students must adhere to the Department of Public Management and Policy’s grade requirements for courses taken in the PA track.

Program of Study for the M.S. Degree

A program of study plan must be completed by the student in consultation with and approved by the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. The program of study plan lists the required and elective courses to be taken by the graduate student to meet the degree requirements of the master’s degree program. The student also must declare whether s/he will take the thesis or the non-thesis option. The program of study must be submitted to the graduate coordinator and approved by the end of the first year or after eighteen (18) semester hours of coursework have been completed. The Program of Study form is available at: http://aysps.gsu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/CJ_Program_of_Study_Form.pdf.

2050.20 Master of Arts in Economics

For information on the Master of Business Administration with a major in economics or the Master of Science with a major in business economics, refer to the “J. Mack Robinson College of Business” chapter of this catalog.

The Master of Arts in Economics program is designed to meet the needs of students planning careers in local, state, and federal government and in the private sector. Emphasis is placed upon analytical skills; micro and macroeconomic theory and mathematical statistics are required. At the same time, the program is sufficiently broad to satisfy the needs of social science and economics teachers at the secondary and college level. An economics degree also combines well with training in other disciplines such as finance, real estate, political science, or history.

Economists study the ways a society distributes scarce resources such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery to produce goods and services—choices that must be made because time, income, wealth, workers, and natural resources are limited. Economic principles are useful at all levels of decision-making and provide an essential framework for analyzing and understanding such issues as inflation, unemployment, deregulation of banking, tax reform, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, labor productivity and foreign debt crises.

Economists use mathematical models to develop programs that predict, for example, the nature and length of business cycles, the effects of inflation on the economy, or the effects of tax legislation on unemployment levels. Being able to present these concepts in a meaningful way is particularly important for economists involved in making policy for their organizations. Most economists are concerned with the practical applications of economic policy in a particular area. They use their understanding of economic relationships to advise businesses and other organizations, including insurance companies, banks, securities firms, computer and data processing companies, management consulting firms, industry and trade associations, labor unions, and government agencies. Some economists work abroad for companies with international operations and for organizations like The World Bank and the United Nations.

Students may choose from a broad array of elective course areas including monetary economics, urban economics, public finance, economic development, international economics, labor economics, industrial organization, economic forecasting, economic history, and history of economic thought.

There are two programs of study leading to the Master of Arts in Economics degree—thesis and nonthesis options. A student enrolling in either of these programs whose preparation is found to be deficient in basic economics, elementary statistics, or mathematics will be required to take additional undergraduate coursework without graduate credit.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The courses listed below are in addition to the 33 hours required for the degree and will normally have been completed in a previous undergraduate degree program. However, they may be assigned as part of the admissions process based on a review of each student’s transcript. Prerequisite courses can be exempted if equivalent coursework has been previously completed with grades of B or higher. (If a student received a grade lower than a B in a principles class, but subsequently received a grade of B or higher in an intermediate level class in the same subject, the requirement may also be exempted.)

Thesis Option

To receive the degree, 33 hours of graduate coursework and a thesis must be completed.

1. Required courses (9):

Choose one of the following two courses:

2. Research skill requirement (3):

Choose one of the following two courses:

  • ECON 8840 Applied Statistics and Econometrics II
  • MATH 6752 Mathematical Statistics II
  • A course chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor

3. Elective Fields (6):

A minimum of two courses (6 hours) in one of the following areas must be completed:

  • Environmental, Urban, and Regional Economics (EURE)
  • Experimental Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Program Evaluation

The list of courses available for each of these fields is provided below. The list is not exhaustive as in many cases there may be several different courses that could satisfy the field requirement. Students should consult and obtain approval for the courses that will constitute their field from the Director of Masters’ Programs.

EURE :

  • ECON 8300 – Urban Economics
  • ECON 8320 – Environmental & Natural Resource Economics and Theory
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Experimental Economics:

  • ECON 8230 – Experimental Economics
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

International Economics:

  • ECON 8470 – International Public Economics
  • ECON 8600 – Economics of Development
  • ECON 8850 – International Trade
  • ECON 8860 – Economics of Global Finance
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Labor Economics:

  • ECON 8220 – Human Resources and Labor Markets
  • ECON 8210 – Health Economics and Policy
  • ECON 8899 – Causal Inference and Evidence Based Policy
  • ECON 8310 – Economics of Educational Policy
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Public Finance:

  • ECON 8080 – Economics of the Public Sector
  • ECON 8450 – Issues in Public Programs and Tax Policy
  • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector,
  • ECON 8470 International Public Economics
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Program Evaluation:

  • ECON 8899 Causal Inference and Evidence Based Policy
  • PMAP 8521 Evaluation Research
  • ECON 8310 – Economics of Educational Policy
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

4. Choose four economic courses chosen in consultation with faculty Advisor (12)

5. Three hours of ECON 8990(3), Thesis Research.

6. A thesis. The thesis is directed by a three-member faculty committee and requires unanimous approval of this committee and the departmental Director of Masters’ Programs. At the time the electronic version of the student’s thesis (ETD) is posted on the Georgia State University Library server, students must choose the availability option, “Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide,” unless they have received approval to restrict distribution from the AYSPS Associate Dean. A letter showing this approval, which will be granted only for a maximum of one year, must be on file in the Office of Academic Assistance prior to graduation.

Nonthesis Option

To receive the degree, 33 hours of graduate coursework and a nonthesis paper must be completed.

1. Required Courses (9):

Choose one of the following two courses:

2. Research skill requirement (3):

Choose one of the following two courses:

  • ECON 8840 Applied Statistics and Econometrics II
  • MATH 6752 Mathematical Statistics II
  • A course chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor

3. Elective Fields (6):

A minimum of two courses (6 hours) in one of the following areas must be completed:

  • Environmental, Urban, and Regional Economics (EURE)
  • Experimental Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Program Evaluation

The list of courses available for each of these fields is provided below. The list is not exhaustive as in many cases there may be several different courses that could satisfy the field requirement. Students should consult and obtain approval for the courses that will constitute their field from the Director of Masters’ Programs.

EURE :

  • ECON 8300 – Urban Economics
  • ECON 8320 – Environmental & Natural Resource Economics and Theory
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Experimental Economics:

  • ECON 8230 – Experimental Economics
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

International Economics:

  • ECON 8470 – International Public Economics
  • ECON 8600 – Economics of Development
  • ECON 8850 – International Trade
  • ECON 8860 – Economics of Global Finance
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Labor Economics:

  • ECON 8220 – Human Resources and Labor Markets
  • ECON 8210 – Health Economics and Policy
  • ECON 8899 – Causal Inference and Evidence Based Policy
  • ECON 8310 – Economics of Educational Policy
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Public Finance:

  • ECON 8080 – Economics of the Public Sector
  • ECON 8450 – Issues in Public Programs and Tax Policy
  • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector,
  • ECON 8470 International Public Economics
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Program Evaluation:

  • ECON 8899 Causal Inference and Evidence Based Policy
  • PMAP 8521 Evaluation Research
  • ECON 8310 – Economics of Educational Policy
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

4. Five economics courses chosen in consultation with a faculty Advisor (15).

5. A high-quality paper, approved by the student’s major professor and the departmental Director of Masters’ Programs, demonstrating that the student has the ability to examine an economic problem at a level consistent with advanced graduate coursework.

2050.30 Master of Arts in Economics: Policy Track

The Master of Arts in Economics Policy Track is intended to prepare professionals for careers in the formation and/or implementation of economic policy or for professionals in the evaluation and interpretation of such policy to a wider audience. This degree will expose the student to the fundamental issues in critical areas of economic policy and equip the student to understand and utilize economic data and analysis in evaluating the potential for economic policy to influence outcomes. This focus on policy is distinct from traditional master’s degree programs in economics that have an emphasis on “analytic skills, micro and macroeconomics theory and mathematical statistics.”

Degree Requirements

Prerequisite Courses: The courses listed below are in addition to the 36 hours required for the degree and will normally have been completed in a previous undergraduate degree program. However, they may be assigned as part of the admissions process based on a review of each student’s transcript. Prerequisite courses can be exempted if equivalent coursework has been previously completed with grades of B or higher. (If a student received a grade lower than a B in a principles class, but subsequently received a grade of B or higher in an intermediate level class in the same subject, the requirement may also be exempted).

Thirty-six hours of graduate coursework, including 12 credit hours of required courses and 24 credit hours of designated elective courses and submission of a portfolio are required to complete the degree program.

1. Required Core Courses (12). Twelve semester hours of course work that provides coverage of areas essential to economic policy concerns, such as the private sector, the public sector, and essential quantitative analysis skills.

Choose one of these two courses

  • ECON 8740 Applied Statistics and Econometrics
  • • Econometrics course in consultation with the faculty advisor

2. Designated Elective Courses (18). These courses provide coverage in additional areas of economic policy concern. Eighteen credit hours (six elective courses) selected from the courses listed below are required. The student’s faculty Advisor must approve designated electives in advance.

  • ECON 8220 Human Resources and Labor Markets
  • ECON 8300 Urban Economics
  • ECON 8320 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • ECON 8440 Industrial Organization and Anti-trust Economics
  • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector
  • ECON 8470 International Public Economics
  • ECON 8600 Economic Development
  • ECON 8850 International Trade
  • ECON 8860 Economics of Global Finance
  • HA 8250 Health Economics and Financing
  • PMAP 8621 Urban Transportation and Land Use Economics
  • SW 7350 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

3. Elective Fields (6):

A minimum of two courses (6 hours) in one of the following areas must be completed:

  • Environmental, Urban, and Regional Economics (EURE)
  • Experimental Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Program Evaluation

The list of courses available for each of these fields is provided below. The list is not exhaustive as in many cases there may be several different courses that could satisfy the field requirement. Students should consult and obtain approval for the courses that will constitute their field from the Director of Masters’ Programs.

EURE :

  • ECON 8300 – Urban Economics
  • ECON 8320 – Environmental & Natural Resource Economics and Theory
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Experimental Economics:

  • ECON 8230 – Experimental Economics
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

International Economics:

  • ECON 8470 – International Public Economics
  • ECON 8600 – Economics of Development
  • ECON 8850 – International Trade
  • ECON 8860 – Economics of Global Finance
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Labor Economics:

  • ECON 8220 – Human Resources and Labor Markets
  • ECON 8210 – Health Economics and Policy
  • ECON 8899 – Causal Inference and Evidence Based Policy
  • ECON 8310 – Economics of Educational Policy
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Public Finance:

  • ECON 8080 – Economics of the Public Sector
  • ECON 8450 – Issues in Public Programs and Tax Policy
  • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector,
  • ECON 8470 International Public Economics
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

Program Evaluation:

  • ECON 8899 Causal Inference and Evidence Based Policy
  • PMAP 8521 Evaluation Research
  • ECON 8310 – Economics of Educational Policy
  • Other related courses with approval from the Director of Masters’ Programs

4. Portfolio of coursework materials. Students will assemble a Portfolio composed of materials from their course work. The Portfolio will be submitted during their proposed graduating semester. These materials may include items such as term papers, annotated bibliographies, and the like.

2050.40 Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the preferred professional graduate degree for those wishing to enter or advance in careers at all levels of government. It is also an appropriate degree for management of nonprofit agencies and professional associations. The MPA is a broad-based, interdisciplinary program designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions as managers, analysts and policy specialists in government and related nonprofit organizations. In addition to the high-quality, generalist core curriculum, the program offers opportunities to develop specialized knowledge and skills in such areas as public management, public budgeting and finance, and public policy analysis and evaluation.

Public administration, the art and science of effectively managing the public’s business, fundamentally affects the health, prosperity and security of every country. Our lives are influenced and improved in innumerable ways by the actions of public administrators. One out of every six persons in the work force is employed by government, and government spending accounts for almost a third of the gross national product. In addition, those who do not work in government increasingly work with government as a consequence of increasing interaction between the public and private sectors, the growth of nonprofit organizations, and the blurring of lines between the sectors, making an understanding of government and public administration essential.

Contemporary public administrators must meet the challenges of changing social needs and priorities, new directions in public policy, pressures for increased accountability and productivity in government, and demands for greater citizen involvement in decision making. The “information revolution” and the boom in computer-assisted management systems also challenge the way in which organizations do business. Meeting these challenges requires greater sophistication and skill on the part of professional public administrators.

The MPA program is designed for a diverse student body, as is appropriate for a multicultural city such as Atlanta. It has been tailored to meet the needs of both in-service and pre-service students, with classes scheduled principally in the evening. The curriculum provides a two-year course of study including a common core curriculum focused on developing in such areas as planning, policy development and implementation, leadership, organizational behavior, decision making, managing people, money and resources, and representing the public interest. Core courses are supplemented by elective coursework in one of a number of concentrations, including criminal justice, public health, nonprofit management, planning and economic development, policy analysis and evaluation, and management and finance.

Students have the option to develop an individualized specialization, such as disaster management, in consultation with an Advisor. These agreed upon courses will also count in the Graduate Certificate program in Disaster Management. Students may also apply for the joint Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor degree program offered in collaboration with the College of Law.

A Top Ranked Program: The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) is nationally recognized as having one of the elite programs in the field of public policy and management. The U.S. News and World Report’s “2013 Edition America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranked the AYSPS 23rd overall among the 269 public affairs schools in the United States, and in the top 25 programs in the specialty areas of nonprofit management, public policy analysis and public management administration, and in the top 12 programs in public finance and budgeting, city management and urban policy.  The school’s many research centers and community outreach efforts provide opportunities to enhance students’ education, as well as often opening doors to attractive jobs.

Degree Requirements

The MPA degree requires 39 hours of graduate coursework, comprised of 24 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours in a concentration, and three credit hours of internship or practicum.

1. Required Core Courses:

  • PMAP 8111 Public Service and Democracy (Note: Nonprofit Management concentration students must take PMAP 8210, Introduction to the Non Profit Sector)
  • PMAP 8121 Applied Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PMAP 8131 Applied Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PMAP 8141 Microeconomics for Public Policy
  • PMAP 8161 Public Budgeting and Finance (Note: Nonprofit Management concentration students must take PMAP 8261, Nonprofit Financial Management)
  • PMAP 8171 Management Systems and Strategies
  • PMAP 8411 Law for Public Managers (Note: Nonprofit Management concentration students must take PMAP 8203, Nonprofit Advocacy, Law, and Policy)
  • PMAP 8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

2. Concentrations (12 hours):

Each student must develop special competence by completing 12 hours in one of six concentrations. Students must formally declare the concentration they wish to complete prior to registering for their first elective course. Students also have the option of graduating without a concentration by developing an individualized set of courses in consultation with an advisor.  Any individualized concentration requires completing a petition and returning it to the Office of Academic Assistance for review by the department. An individualized track in disaster management may also lead to the graduate certificate in disaster management. Concentrations are described below.

Criminal Justice Concentration:

The Criminal Justice concentration prepares students for managerial, planning, and development careers in the court system, corrections, and law enforcement, as well as positions in local, state, or national government. Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective public management: planning and decision making, managing people, money and programs. It also enables those who currently carry out administrative responsibilities with the opportunity for substantial professional development.

Required courses (6 hours):

  • CRJU 7010 Crime & the Criminal Justice System and/or
  • CRJU 8050 Criminological Theory and/or
  • CRJU 8710 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice

Choose two courses (6 hours) from the following:

*Indicates courses that can be repeated for up to 6 credits (these are special topics courses)

Management and Finance Concentration:

The management and finance concentration prepares students for careers in what has traditionally been called the public service. Where this once meant a government job, today’s public service is far more dynamic. Graduates may find themselves working for a government and interacting regularly with private companies, consultants, and nonprofit organizations. Or, they might work outside government in organizations that also pursue public goals. While management and finance graduates often work as analysts, this track is best suited for students who see themselves eventually in roles that involve leadership and management. The coursework has an analytical, problem-solving orientation, and focuses on the effective management of people, programs, resources, and information in complex environments. This concentration concludes with a capstone experience requiring the application of classroom knowledge to a challenging problem or issue facing a government or nonprofit organization.

Required courses (9 hours):

Choose one course (3 hours) from the following:

  • PMAP 8223 Nonprofit Human Resources
  • PMAP 8271 Disaster Policy and Emergency Management
  • PMAP 8311 Urban Demography and Analysis
  • PMAP 8321 Economic Development, Policy and Planning
  • PMAP 8351 Local Government Management
  • PMAP 8461 Ethics and Public Administration
  • PMAP 8505 Local Government Debt Issuance and Administration
  • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector

Nonprofit Management Concentration:

Nonprofit organizations employ one of every 12 paid workers in the nation and as many volunteers, and generate more than $800 billion in revenues each year. This concentration prepares students to meet the challenges of this growing, diverse and critical part of our society. Its twin goals are to help nonprofit managers already working in the field to advance their careers and to assist those just beginning their careers to gain the skills needed to become effective professionals.

Required courses (6 hours):

Choose two courses (6 hours) from the following:

Planning and Economic Development Concentration:

This program of study prepares students to be better decision makers on planning and economic development issues at the scale of the neighborhood, city, county, and metropolitan region, for individual private employers and nonprofit agencies, for public agencies, and for elected or appointed officials. It prepares students for jobs responsible for selecting locations, planning services and facility investments, providing analyses on policy alternatives, and advocating change and improvement within organizations and society. Students are exposed to theory drawn from planning, economics, and other social science literature, and to a critical view of current practice. They are introduced to the history and professional culture of the planning profession and to the planning process as a systematic approach to problem solving, and they learn about data sources and how to use them appropriately.

Required courses (9 hours):

Choose one course (3 hours) from the following:

A graduate certificate in planning and economic development is also available. Review the description at the end of this chapter.

Policy Analysis and Evaluation Concentration:

This concentration provides students with the basic skills needed to work as policy analysts and program evaluators. Two required courses offer a foundation in evaluation strategies and analytical techniques for assessing public programs and analyzing policy alternatives. This track also affords students practical research experience in applying these skills.

Required courses (6 hours):

Choose two courses (6 hours) from the following:

Public Health Concentration:

This concentration is designed for MPA students with career goals in the public health field that are primarily in the management and policy fields as opposed to health promotion or prevention science fields.

Required Courses (9 hours):

Choose one course (3 hours) from the following:

  • PH 7130 Leadership and Public Health
  • PH 7150 Environmental Health
  • HA 8450 The Legal Environment of Health Care
  • HA 8670 Health Information Systems
  • HA 8700 Health Services Research and Data Mining

3. Internship:

Internships are required for all MPA students who lack significant prior administrative experience in a public or nonprofit agency or a related organization. Internships provide students the opportunity to apply concepts and skills gained from their graduate curriculum. The department’s internship coordinators assist in the search for an appropriate internship opportunity, but students are expected to take the lead in this search. An internship requires enrollment in three hours of PMAP 8941 and the completion of 300 hours of work in the intern position. Students are free to work full-time or part-time, according to their needs and those of their internship sponsor. Many students find paid internships, but unpaid internships are also very rewarding. Students should consider the value of the experience that an internship provides, in addition to the pay. Internship information and applications are available from the Department of Public Management and Policy, or the PMAP internship homepage on the web at http://aysps.gsu.edu/career/internships. Students with substantial prior administrative experience may petition to waive the internship requirement, with petition forms available from the Office of Academic Assistance.

MPA students also have the option to conduct a practicum – an applied research project, in lieu of the internship. The practicum represents an excellent option for working students who do not qualify for an internship waiver, but who could pursue a practicum research project in their employing agency.  It also represents an excellent option for students who are interested in additional research experience, especially those who intend to pursue doctoral work.

2050.50 Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor

The College of Law and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies offer a joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor degree. This joint program provides an opportunity to pursue studies in law and public affairs and public management concurrently. Students in the joint program use credit hours earned in one program to satisfy some or all of the elective course requirements for the other program, thus earning both degrees one to two terms earlier than would be required to earn each separately.

A joint MPA/J.D. enhances the employment opportunities for graduates of both programs by preparing students to meet the growing demands for lawyers with expertise in public management and for public administrators with legal expertise. Many recent law graduates are employed directly by government agencies, and others are employed by private and nonprofit sector organizations concerned with issues of public policy and public administration. Training in public administration is valuable to law graduates who seek this kind of employment. The field of public administration is also changing, with greater emphasis now on administrative law in MPA curricula and greater attention to legal requirements in the training of public managers.

This joint degree is especially valuable to Georgia State University graduates, given the university’s location in downtown Atlanta and proximity to numerous federal, state, and local government agencies and to other private and nonprofit organizations with broad public affairs interests. The credibility of the joint degree nationally is evident through the many elite institutions that currently offer comparable programs.

Applicants must be separately admitted to both the J.D. and MPA programs and must request admission to the joint program. To apply to the College of Law, go to law.gsu.edu/home.php?version=html.

Degree Requirements

The MPA/J.D. curriculum consists of 21 hours of required courses, a minimum of 15 hours of electives, and a three-hour internship. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

1. Required Core Courses:

  • PMAP 8111 Public Service and Democracy
  • PMAP 8121 Applied Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PMAP 8131 Applied Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PMAP 8141 Microeconomics for Public Policy
  • PMAP 8161 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PMAP 8171 Management Systems and Strategies
  • PMAP 8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

2. Electives:

Students in the joint program use credit hours earned in one program to satisfy elective course requirements for the other program. The College of Law accepts up to 15 semester hours of approved 8000-level MPA coursework with grades of “B” or better, and the MPA program accepts up to 15 semester hours of approved law coursework. Typically, the student completes the first year of law courses prior to taking any public administration coursework. This is consistent with the College of Law requirement that students complete their first year without outside electives. Public administration courses are taken as electives during the second year and/or during summer sessions.

3. Internship:

An internship is required of MPA/J.D. students who do not have significant prior administrative experience in a public or nonprofit agency or related organization. The internship is expected to provide the student with an opportunity to apply concepts and skills associated with their MPA curriculum. This opportunity for professional growth and development requires enrollment in three hours of PMAP 8941. Students in the joint MPA/J.D. program can fulfill this requirement through internships in legal affairs and administrative law offices and law firms. Students who are taking an externship through the College of Law may be able to use that work experience to fulfill the requirements of the MPA internship. That option should be discussed with the MPA/J.D. faculty Advisor and the MPA internship coordinators prior to beginning the externship. Students with substantial prior administrative experience may petition to waive the internship requirement. Petition forms are available from the Office of Academic Assistance. MPA/J.D. students may choose to conduct a practicum — an applied research project, in lieu of the internship. The practicum represents an excellent option for working students who are interested in additional research experience. It also represents an excellent option for working students who do not qualify for an internship waiver, but who could pursue a practicum research project in their employing agency.

2050.60 Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students for work in the analysis, development, and evaluation of public policies.  In all levels of government and on a global scale, public needs and limited resources require public policy choices that are at once economically efficient, socially and technically effective, and politically responsive. Such choices confront policymakers in a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, economic development, public finance, social policy, nonprofit policy, and disaster policy

Decision-makers often lack the knowledge and skills needed to interpret the full social, political, economic, and technical dimensions of the policy issues they face. In response, state and local governments, business, and federal agencies have turned to trained policy analysts for assistance in assessing policy options and in evaluating public programs.  The same is true for nonprofit agencies, such as hospitals, schools, emergency preparedness and relief agencies, and regional planning organizations.

Graduates of the MPP program typically work in analytical and leadership positions in a wide array of governmental, public service, private sector, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. Metropolitan Atlanta serves as a laboratory for students, who are encouraged to undertake field instruction and action research with public, private, and nonprofit agencies in the Atlanta area. Opportunities are also available through the various research centers and community outreach efforts of the Andrew Young School. These opportunities enhance the education students receive and often open doors to attractive jobs.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum is a two-year course of study of 36 hours of graduate coursework, comprised of 18 credit hours of required core courses, 15 hours of coursework in a concentration area, and 3 hours in an internship, practicum, or thesis.

1. Required Core Courses (21 hours):

Internship:

Internships are required for all MPP students who lack significant prior administrative experience in a public or nonprofit agency or a related organization. Internships provide students the opportunity to apply concepts and skills gained from their graduate curriculum. The department’s internship coordinators assist in the search for an appropriate internship opportunity, but students are expected to take the lead in this search.  An internship requires enrollment in three hours of PMAP 8941 and the completion of 300 hours of work in the intern position. Students are free to work full-time or part-time, according to their needs and those of their internship sponsor. Many students find paid internships, but unpaid internships are also be very rewarding. Students should consider the value of the experience that an internship provides, in addition to the pay. Internship information and applications are available from the Department of Public Management and Policy, or the PMAP internship homepage on the web at aysps.gsu.edu/public-management-and-policy-internships.html. Students with substantial prior administrative experience may petition to waive the internship requirement, with petition forms available from the Office of Academic Assistance.

MPP students also have the option to conduct a practicum – an applied research project, in lieu of the internship. The practicum represents an excellent option for working students who do not qualify for an internship waiver, but who could pursue a practicum research project in their employing agency.  It also represents an excellent option for students who are interested in additional research experience, especially those who intend to pursue doctoral work.

Every student also chooses a concentration from one of the following approved options: Disaster Policy, Nonprofit Policy, Planning and Economic Development, Public Finance Policy, and Social Policy.

Students may also design an individualized concentration by taking courses either within the Andrew Young School or from other departments within the University.

Disaster Policy Concentration:

This concentration focuses on local, state, national, and international policies to manage risks related to natural, technological, and other man-made hazards and on the linkages among disaster, environmental, public health, sustainable development, and related policies. The Disaster Policy concentration of the MPP takes advantage of the courses available in the School as well as the university’s Public Health program. The concentration in Disaster Policy would provide preparation for a career in a variety of public agencies at all levels of government that deal with disaster mitigation planning and policy. This concentration complements our existing certificate program in Disaster Management.

Required Courses (6 hours):

  • PMAP 8271 Disaster Policy and Emergency Management
  • PMAP 8281 Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance

Choose three courses (9 hours) from the following:

Nonprofit Policy Concentration:

The mission of the concentration in Nonprofit Policy is to educate talented and motivated individuals with knowledge of the nonprofit sector as well as the skills and values to become visionary leaders. Many graduates will become researchers, policymakers, and advocates in their communities by enhancing their understanding of relationships between nonprofit organizations, government and the policymaking process.

Required Courses (9 hours):

  • PMAP 8210 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • PMAP 8203 Nonprofit Advocacy, Law, and Policy

Choose two courses (6 hours) from the following:

Planning and Economic Development Policy Concentration:

This concentration prepares students to be better decision makers on planning and economic development issues for public, private, and nonprofit employers and to be more informed and effective as citizens. It provides appropriate academic background for jobs responsible for selecting locations, planning services and facility investments, providing analysis of policy alternatives, and advocating change and improvement within organizations and society. The concentration relies on theory drawn from planning, economics, and other social science literature and provides a critical view of current practice. It introduces students to the history and professional culture of the planning profession and to the planning process as a systematic, yet creative approach, to problem solving. The required courses are also designed to acquaint students with common planning and economic development data sources and methods and how to use them appropriately.

Required Courses (6 hours):

Choose three courses (9 hours) from the following:

Public Finance Policy Concentration:

The mission of the Public Finance Policy concentration is to prepare students who are able to analyze public budget and finance policy. These analysts are in demand by a variety of public agencies. The Public Finance Policy concentration takes advantage of the top ten US News & World Report ranking of the School in the area of Public Finance. The program should be ideal preparation for a variety of positions in the fields of budget analysis and finance policy.

Required Courses (6 hours):

Choose three courses (9 hours) from the following:

  • PMAP 8501 Managing Public Money
  • PMAP 8505 Local Government Debt Issuance and Administration
  • ECON 8110 Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector
  • ECON 8470 International Public Economics
  • HA 8250 Health Economics and Financing

Social Policy Concentration:

A concentration in social policy is designed to give the student an understanding of policies addressing issues such as poverty, crime, and education—including how these policies develop, what effects they have, and how they can be assessed. This concentration provides a good preparation for students interested in careers in the analysis of social policies and for students intending to pursue doctoral work in public policy or a related field.

Required Course (3 hours):

Choose four courses (12 hours) from the following:

2050.70 Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program strives to prepare students for social work leadership roles in the effort to solve, in partnerships with others, the existing and developing challenges that confront communities in the United States and internationally. Community partnerships, based on a generalist practice model foundation, are the sole focus of the MSW program. Students in the Community Partnerships concentration are educated to advance the needs and capacities of the total community by promoting social justice and economic justice and maximizing human potential. They are educated to commit themselves to addressing the life circumstances, such as poverty, violence, discrimination, and disparities in social and economic justice that fall disproportionately on vulnerable groups and challenge the spirit of the entire community.

To accomplish the mission of the MSW program, the School of Social Work has set forth these goals: (1) students will be able to think critically and communicate effectively in the application of social work knowledge, skills, and values to community partnerships practice; and (2) students will be able to engage as social work leaders to build and strengthen communities.

The competencies and practice behaviors of the MSW program are designed to be consistent with the mission and goals of the MSW program, the Council on Social Work Education Curriculum Policy Statement, Georgia State University, and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

MSW Program Competencies and Practice Behaviors:

Competency 1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

1st Year:

  • Advocate for client access to the services of social work
  • Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development
  • Attend to professional roles and boundaries
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication
  • Engage in career-long learning
  • Use supervision and consultation

2nd Year:

  • Integrate personal reflection, self correction, and feedback in your professional leadership role in working with organizations and communities.
  • Identify professional strengths, limitations, and challenges

Competency 2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

1st Year:

  • Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
  • Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
  • Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

2nd Year:

  • Engage in ethical decision making working with organizations and communities.
  • Manage conflicting priorities that emerge from working in community partnerships.

Competency 3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

1st Year:

  • Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom
  • Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues

2nd Year:

  • Synthesize models of community practice in making professional decisions.
  • Apply logic, critical thinking, and creativity in oral and written communications in community partnership practice.

Competency 4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

1st Year:

  • Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
  • Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups
  • Recognize and communicate understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences
  • View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants

2nd Year:

  • Engage in community partnership practices that are responsive to diversity and difference
  • Engage with others as reciprocal resources for learning in community partnership practice.

Competency 5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

1st Year:

  • Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
  • Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice

2nd Year:

  • Analyze ways in which differential power and privilege shape communities and society
  • Advocate for/engage in participatory practices that are inclusive and increase empowerment for those organizations/community groups who have been marginalized or excluded.

Competency 6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

1st Year:

  • Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
  • Use research evidence to inform practice

2nd Year:

  • Advance research that is participatory and inclusive of the community.
  • Use macro-focused, evidence informed research to inform community partnership practice.

Competency 7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

1st Year:

  • Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment

2nd Year:

  • Synthesize the impact of organizations and communities as complex social systems on community partnerships outcomes
  • Assess the interconnection between individuals/groups and their envirionment in developing community partnership strategies.

Competency 8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

1st Year:

  • Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being
  • Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action

2nd Year:

  • Engage in community practice that reflects understanding of organizational policies and their impact on the delivery of community services
  • Engage in community practice that reflects understanding of social policies and their impact on service delivery

Competency 9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

1st Year:

  • Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services
  • Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services

2nd Year:

  • Develop strategies to adapt to changing circumstances and emerging societal trends
  • Provide leadership in promoting changes to improve community well-being

Competency 10: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. [1st Year]

Competency 10: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with groups, organizations, and communities.* [2nd Year]

Competency 10a: Engagement

1st Year:

  • Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills
  • Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes

2nd Year:

  • Apply a range of written, oral, and electronic modes of communication in relationship-building and interactions among groups, organizations, and communities
  • Identify and define community as a client system
  • Identify common interests, key stakeholders, and mutual areas of focus

Competency 10b: Assessment

1st Year:

  • Collect, organize, and interpret client data
  • Assess client strengths and limitations
  • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
  • Select appropriate intervention strategies

2nd Year:

  • Identify and assess organizational and community needs and assets
  • Contribute to the development of shared goals/outcomes
  • Contribute to the development and selection of strategies and tactics for community intervention

Competency 10c: Intervention

1st year:

  • Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals
  • Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
  •  Help clients resolve problems
  • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients
  • Facilitate transitions and endings

2nd Year:

  • Create a resource development strategy and identify diverse funding sources
  • Develop, monitor, and/or strengthen collaborative relationships that focus on building healthy communities
  • Evaluate collaborative relationships that focus on building healthy communities
  • Engage in leadership behaviors
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills in the management of projects, partnerships, and organizations

Competency 10d: Evaluation

1st Year:

  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

2nd Year:

  • Apply research methods in evaluating work with organizations and communities
  • Apply technological processes in evaluating work with organizations and communities

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*This core competency has been modified to support the advanced curriculum of the MSW program’s sole concentration of community partnerships. Direct practice with individuals and families (omitted here) is emphasized in the first-year

The Curriculum Structure for the MSW program consists of three components: (1) Liberal Arts Perspective; (2) Social Work Foundation; (3) Social Work Concentration. The MSW program can be completed in two calendar years of full-time study and three calendar years of part-time study.

The School of Social Work at Georgia State University defines the liberal arts perspective in terms of disciplinary areas which will comprise the undergraduate educational background of every student admitted to the MSW program. The liberal arts core will include course work in humanities and social sciences, a course with human biology content, and statistics.

The purpose of the professional graduate social work foundation curriculum is two-fold. First, the professional foundation provides core knowledge for competent social work practice through the presentation of new advances in practice knowledge, as well as the accumulated knowledge of social work education and the social work profession. The professional foundation curriculum includes content on social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice and research, and the completion of a supervised field placement. Second, the professional foundation serves as preparation for the specialized knowing and learning in a concentration. This content is designed to give students not only a general overview of the social work profession but also practical knowledge that can be used in work with individuals, families, and groups as well as with organizations and communities. The first year courses are constructed and sequenced to accomplish these purposes.

Concentration: Community Partnerships

The sole concentration for the School of Social Work’s Master of Social Work is Community Partnerships. Social work practice occurs in the context of communities where partnerships are developed for promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential. Community partnerships are predicated upon an empowerment orientation which acknowledges and develops the strengths and creativity of all members. In this framework, social work practice integrates and applies values, principles, and techniques of the professional to bring about planned change in social systems (e.g. individuals, families, groups, organizations, and institutions).

Community partnerships recognize and explore the importance of community demographics, politics, economics, geography, and human service delivery systems. These components encourage partnerships that focus social work assessments, interventions, and evaluations at the community level with the capacity to intervene at community subsystem and/or suprasystem levels. It requires social work practitioners to consider and respond to the broader community dynamics that impact individuals, families, and groups with a particular emphasis on those considered to be vulnerable and at risk. The second year courses are constructed and sequenced to prepare social work practitioners with skill sets for this level of intervention.

Program Degree Requirements

Master of Social Work

  1. Social Work Foundation (30 hours)
    • SW 7100 Foundations of Community Partnerships (3)
    • SW 7200 Human Development Through the Life Course (3)
    • SW 7300 Methods of Community Research (3)
    • SW 7400 Social Work Practice I (3)
    • SW 7500 Foundation Field Education I (5)
    • SW 7501 Diversity and Social Justice (1)
    • SW 7600 Social Welfare Policy (3)
    • SW 7800 Social Work Practice II (3)
    • SW 7900 Foundation Field Education II (6)
  2. Concentration: Community Partnerships (24 hours)
    • SW 8100 Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships (3)
    • SW 8200 Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships II (3)
    • SW 8300 Leadership and Management (3)
    • SW 8500 Community Field Education I (6)
    • SW 8800 Community Project (3)
    • SW 8900 Community Field Education II (6)
  3. Social Work Electives (6)
    • MSW students are required to take two elective courses. At least one of those courses must be a social work elective. It is strongly recommended that the second elective support the community partnerships concentration. The social work electives include:
    • SW 8450 Child Maltreatment Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8460 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8470 Substance Abuse Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8490 Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8310 Group Facilitation
    • SW 8315 Social Media Tools for Community Partnerships Practice
    • SW 8320 Grant Writing
    • SW 8330 Health Challenges
    • SW 8340 Social Work and the Law
    • SW 8350 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy
    • SW 8360 Forensic Social Work
    • SW 8370 Psychopathology
    • SW 8480 Disabilities Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 7950 Selected Topics
    • SW 7990 Directed Individual Study

Advanced Standing Status

Students who are admitted to and enter the Master of Social Work program as advanced standing students have met the 30 credit hours of Social Work Foundation course work as a result of their bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The students will be expected to take nine semester hours of bridge course work in the summer prior to beginning the concentration year course work. The nine semester hours will consist of:

  • SW 7100 – Foundations of Community Partnerships, (3)
  • SW 7501 – Diversity and Social Justice (1)
  • SW 7700 – Community Foundation Integrative Seminar  (2)
  • SW Elective (3)

Given the nature of the knowledge and skills expected of advanced standing students, the purpose of the bridge course work is to provide students with the foundation content that is essential for entering the community partnership concentration year.

Part-Time Study

Students who are admitted to and enter the Master of Social Work program in part-time study can complete their program of study in three years. They will enroll in their course work with the full-time students. In this new program, a cohort of students will be admitted every other year and a hybrid program of study has been developed specifically for part time students. This structure ensures that the classes that part time students need are offered in a way for continued progress to graduation.

Total degree hours: 60 semester hours for full-time and part-time students; 39 semester hours for advanced standing students.

Program Financial Information

Grant Child Welfare

The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, has scholarships available under the Title IV E, Child Welfare Training. The scholarship includes tuition and fees books, and mileage. Recipients must take specific child welfare electives and complete a field placement in a public child welfare setting. Upon graduation, recipients must commit to work for the Division of Family and Children Services on a year-for-year basis. This scholarship is awarded each year based on available funds. Please check the website to determine the most up to date information regarding scholarship availability.

2060 Certificate Programs

2060.10 Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management

William L. Waugh, Jr., Faculty Advisor

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management is intended to provide professional education for students preparing for careers in emergency management and practitioners seeking to broaden their knowledge and skills in this field. The certificate provides a professional credential for emergency managers preparing to apply for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) program; emergency responders and public health personnel needing to know how their professions fit into the national, state, and local emergency management systems; administrators in educational, business, and other settings where a knowledge of emergency management policies and programs may be needed; and students preparing for academic careers teaching emergency management or related courses. The course requirements are designed to satisfy most of the educational requirements of the Certified Emergency Manager program administered by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Atlanta is home to a number of large emergency management agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region IV office; the Georgia Emergency Management Agency; the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency; several large international humanitarian organizations, including CARE-USA and the International Rescue Committee; numerous nonprofit agencies that deal with disasters, including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army; and numerous public safety and emergency response agencies. Students without professional work experience in the field are strongly encouraged to complete an internship with one of these agencies.

Regulations for the Certificate Program

  1. Applicants to the certificate program will be subject to the same admissions requirements (with the exception of the submission of letters of recommendation) that exist for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Obtaining the certificate will be based on the completion of the four stipulated courses with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.0. No grade lower than C will count for credit towards the certificate, nor will more than one grade of C be allowed for credit towards the certificate. The time limit for completing the certificate program is three years from the term of entry.
  2. Required Courses (6 hours):
    • PMAP 8271 Disaster Policy and Emergency Management
    • PMAP 8281 Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance
  3. Elective Courses (choose 2 from the following):
  4. Awarding of the Certificate:
    After completing the requirements for the certificate according to these regulations, the student must make a written request to the Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to have the certificate awarded. The request must be sent to the departmental coordinator. The faculty Advisor then reviews the student’s record. If all requirements have been met, the certificate, signed by the dean and the PMAP department chair, will be issued to the student. The departmental coordinator will then forward the approved request to the Office of Academic Assistance, who will inform the Graduation Office that all requirements have been met. The Graduation Office will subsequently note certificate completion on the official Georgia State University transcript.

2060.20 Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Dennis Young, Faculty Advisor

The certificate program in Nonprofit Management has two focuses. First, it covers the skills in management, economic decision making, marketing, fundraising, and financial management that graduates can use (but which they are unlikely to get on the job) in any part of the nonprofit sector: social service provision, education, health, the arts, the environment, international relief, or religion. Second, while most nonprofit management certificates have an exclusively practitioner focus, the Georgia State program prepares students interested in pursuing nonprofit studies within graduate programs in Public Administration, Policy Analysis, or Economics.

This certificate will serve two main groups of professionals: those currently in the nonprofit sector who want to acquire new skills or need a credential to advance professionally, and those outside the sector wishing to enter.

  • Many professionals in the nonprofit sector seek to improve their skills in ways not available through on-the-job training, such as those in strategic management, leadership theories, and managerial economics.
  • As the nonprofit section “professionalizes,” there is an increasing demand from employees currently in the sector for a credential that lies between in-house training programs and actual academic degrees.
  • The third sector’s rise in importance in the local and national economies is indicative of a net movement of labor out of government and the private sector and into nonprofit organizations. Sector-changing employees provide a constant source of demand for the skills and credentials appropriate for such a switch.

The mission of the certificate program in nonprofit management is to educate program professionals with general leadership education and experience to the particular nuances and requirements of leading a not-for-profit organization. Advisement is required for the selection of the two-course elective sequence.

Regulations for the Certificate Program

  1. Applicants to the certificate program will be subject to the same admissions requirements (with the exception of the submission of letters of recommendation) that exist for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Obtaining the certificate will be based on the completion of the four stipulated courses with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.0. No grade lower that C will count for credit towards the certificate, nor will more than one grade of C be allowed for credit towards the certificate. The time limit for completing the certificate program is three years from the term of entry.
  2. Required Course (3 hours):
    • PMAP 8210 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  3. Approved Electives (6 hours):
    Take two of the following courses:

  4. Elective (3 hours):

    Other approved electives (with consent of advisor)

  5. Awarding of the Certificate. After completing the requirements for the certificate according to these regulations, the student must make a written request to the Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to have the certificate awarded. The request must be sent to the departmental coordinator. The faculty Advisor then reviews the student’s record. If all requirements have been met, the certificate, signed by the dean and the PMAP department chair, will be issued to the student. The departmental coordinator will then forward the approved request to the Office of Academic Assistance, who will inform the Graduation Office that all requirements have been met. The Graduation Office will subsequently note certificate completion on the official Georgia State University transcript.

2060.30 Graduate Certificate in Planning and Economic Development

Cathy Liu, Program Advisor

The Graduate Certificate in Planning and Economic Development is intended to provide a credential for students preparing for careers in the public, private, or third sectors requiring familiarity with planning and economic development concepts and methods. This certificate is not intended as a substitute for a professional degree in planning, but as an opportunity to supplement another graduate degree. The certificate will provide courses covering planning theory, planning methods and urban and regional theory, plus an opportunity to select electives in a single substantive planning specialization such as economic development planning, health planning, transportation planning, environmental planning or land use planning.

Regulations for the Certificate Program

  1. Applicants to the certificate program will be subject to the same admissions requirements (with the exception of the submission of letters of recommendation) that exist for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Obtaining the certificate will be based on the completion of the four stipulated courses with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.0. No grade lower that C will count for credit towards the certificate nor will more than one grade of C be allowed for credit towards the certificate. The time limit for completing the certificate program is three years from the term of entry.
  2. Required Courses (9 hours):
  3. Elective Course.
    One additional course in a substantive planning specialization such as urban economics, economic development planning, health planning, transportation planning, environmental planning, or land use planning. Written approval by the faculty Advisor is required.
  4. Awarding of the Certificate. After completing the requirements for the certificate according to these regulations, the student must make a written request to the Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to have the certificate awarded. The request must be sent to the departmental coordinator. The faculty Advisor then reviews the student’s record. If all requirements have been met, the certificate, signed by the dean and the PMAP department chair, will be issued to the student. The departmental coordinator will then forward the approved request to the Office of Academic Assistance, who will inform the Graduation Office that all requirements have been met. The Graduation Office will subsequently note certificate completion on the official Georgia State University transcript.

2060.40 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (previously known as American Humanics) Certificate in Nonprofit Studies

The Department of Public Management and Policy is affiliated with  the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (previously known as American Humanics),  a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preparing graduates and undergraduates for careers in nonprofit leadership. To read more about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) program, please visit: http://aysps.gsu.edu/nsp/nla-certificate. Benefits for obtaining the Nonprofit L certification include: Benefits for obtaining the NPL certification include:

  • Certification in entry-level nonprofit employment competencies
  • Course work grounded in the foundations and practices of nonprofit management
  • Tested practices and principles through experiential learning
  • One-to-one support, career development and mentoring
  • Networking with prospective employers at local, regional, and national levels
  • Opportunity to test skills and various nonprofit roles through internships, co-curricular and community service activities
  • Potential for references and referrals from agency executive directors, advisory board members and community leaders
  • Exposure to a national nonprofit network of partners and career options
  • Increased sense of connection and belonging to the community
  • Opportunity for lasting friendships
  • Scholarships
  • Preparation for Graduate School or the Peace Corps

Students can earn the certificate in one of three ways:

  1. Option 1: Master of Public Administration (Concentration in Nonprofit Management).
  2. Option 2: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
  3. Option 3: Post-Baccalaureate (admitted as an undergraduate student)

This certificate is conferred by the department of Public Management and Policy and will not appear on official transcripts or diplomas from the university.

For more information about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate, please call 404-413-0103 or visit the Public Management and Policy department degree information website at:  http://aysps.gsu.edu/nsp/nla-certificate/graduate-requirements.

2070 Doctoral Programs

2070.10 Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in criminal justice and criminology provides in-depth training in criminological theory as well as advanced statistics and research methodology. The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in research, teaching, management, and community service.

In each degree program, the focus of study includes the justice system as well as the nature, causes, and control of criminal behavior. The requirements of degree programs in this department stress an integrated view of the criminal justice system. In this view, all components of the system interrelate with all other components to provide coordinated justice administration. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the developing theoretical knowledge base in this area of study, while simultaneously providing an understanding of how each of the component parts relates in forming the justice system, and how offenders and victims fit within it.

In addition, students learn how the justice system influences, and is influenced by other institutions in society. An adequately functioning criminal justice system participates in appropriate structuring of legislation, providing information and education within the system and to the public, crime prevention, psychological counseling, and prisoner rehabilitation. Also included among its many roles is work with juveniles, quantitative and qualitative scholarly research, guidance to probationers and parolees, assistance to citizen groups and crime victims, and many other tasks.

Students’ learning in the classroom is enhanced as members of the faculty bring forth a myriad of expertise in criminal justice and criminology. Currently, faculty research topics include but are not limited to sex differences in criminality and criminal justice processing; specialty courts; community policing; public defense systems; domestic violence; elder abuse; sexual harassment; comparative criminal justice; drugs and crime; homicide co-victimization; legal issues in policing; evaluation research; community differences in the nature of crime; place-based criminology; private security; electronic monitoring; informal social control; domestic terrorism; homeland security; healthcare fraud; mental health; organizational misconduct; juvenile delinquency and youth violence; criminological theory; active offender decision-making; drug markets and urban violence; crime victimization; and community corrections. Faculty members conduct research drawing on their expertise in a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, thus allowing them to bring not only their topical expertise, but also their methodological experience into the learning environment.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is to generate and disseminate knowledge and information that is theoretically driven and policy relevant for the fields of criminal justice and criminology. This is accomplished by engaging in research and scholarly activities to address issues of crime and justice affecting diverse populations in urban settings; producing students who are critical and ethical thinkers, knowledgeable about the issues of crime and justice, and prepared for leadership positions in the public and private sector that address crime and justice problems; and collaborating with communities, including public and private agencies through education, training, and research ventures that enhance our understanding of, and response to, issues associated with crime and the administration of justice. Through these activities, the Department promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service that enhances the criminal justice profession and benefits the community at large.

Program Objectives

At the time of graduation, students who successfully complete the doctoral  program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working understanding of the theoretical knowledge base in criminal justice and criminology.
  2. Critically analyze crime and justice issues and/or information utilizing theoretical, methodological, and statistical skills
  3. Apply learned terminology and theory to real-world situations that both relate to and expand outside the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
  4. Communicate effectively, in oral and written form, their understanding and analyses of crime and justice issues as they apply their knowledge to real-world problems and questions.
  5. Apply acquired research and statistical skill bases to evaluate the quality of scholarly products and their contribution to the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
  6. Discuss an integrated view of crime and criminal justice systems and processes and how the components interact and intersect to provide coordinated justice administration.
  7. Demonstrate scholarly expertise in one or more specialty areas within the field of criminal justice or criminology.
  8. Develop advanced conceptual and technical skills to conduct high-quality, independent research.
  9. Teach undergraduate courses in criminology or criminal justice.

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Students in the doctoral program must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good standing and for graduation. It is expected that all required courses will be completed with a grade of B- or above. If a lower grade is earned in a required course, it must be retaken. A required course may only be retaken once. A grade lower than a grade of B- in any required course will prohibit registration for dissertation credits until the required course has been completed with a grade of B- or higher. Students may not register for dissertation credit unless all other required courses have been completed successfully.

If a doctoral student’s cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of a semester, the student will receive a warning from the college. If a 3.0 cumulative GPA is not achieved by the end of the next twelve (12) semester hours of enrollment or two semesters (whichever is longer), the student will be withdrawn from the graduate program. Students who are withdrawn may apply for readmission after a period of one year. In the readmission process, students must outline the reasons for their dismissal from the program and how they now intend to overcome the causes for that dismissal.

The minimum requirement for admission to the doctoral program in Criminal Justice and Criminology is a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Students admitted without a master’s degree must meet the following requirements in addition to requirements for the doctoral program:

  1. Complete all degree requirements for the MS in Criminal Justice including 36 credit hours of Master’s level course work.
  2. Complete a Master’s thesis (the nonthesis track is not an option for students in the doctoral program).

Degree Requirements for the Ph.D. Program

The doctoral program in criminal justice and criminology requires completion of 54 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree. This includes 24 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours in electives/concentration area courses, and 18 credit hours in directed work, including dissertation credits. In addition to these courses students must successfully pass a written comprehensive exam and a dissertation proposal defense, write a dissertation, and successfully defend it. Semester hours are shown in parentheses after each entry.

  1. Required Courses (24)
  2. Elective Courses (12)
    • Twelve hours (or 3 courses) of elective course work.
  3. Directed Work (18)
    • Students register for 18 hours of directed work, including dissertation research (CRJU 9900)

2070.20 Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

The Ph.D. in Economics program seeks to develop in the student a high level of competence in conducting basic and applied research and to prepare the student for a career requiring a doctoral degree in economics. To accomplish these objectives, the program provides a rigorous and in-depth course of study emphasizing the latest theoretical knowledge, quantitative techniques, research methodology, and empirical evidence in the student’s field of specialization.

The doctoral program requires the student to demonstrate mastery of a large and complex body of knowledge and a high degree of proficiency in the techniques of teaching and research. This is evidenced by the successful completion of coursework and examinations, effective performance in classroom instruction, participation with faculty members in research, presentation of papers and reports, and the writing of a dissertation. Given the substantial commitment of intellectual effort and time required to achieve these competencies, students are expected to enroll on a full-time basis.

The Department of Economics has designated a faculty member to serve as doctoral coordinator for the Ph.D. in Economics program. The doctoral coordinator is charged with oversight of the program. This faculty member also serves as an Advisor and liaison for students, and is available to provide assistance in developing a program of study.

Requirements and Regulations Specific to the Degree:

1. Program of Study

The student’s doctoral coordinator must approve a program of study indicating how the student will fulfill each of the degree requirements by the end of the first semester of enrollment. This program of study becomes part of the student’s file; it may be revised, as appropriate, but must be kept current, as it will be a key factor in determining satisfactory progress in the program. Fifty-seven semester hours of coursework, as a minimum, must be successfully completed for graduation. When feasible, registration in 15 hours per semester is encouraged; at a minimum, students must register for nine hours per semester (excluding summer session). Information on this requirement and program of study forms may be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance. The following courses may not be used for degree credit toward the Ph.D. in Economics: ECON 8080, ECON 8150, ECON 8180, ECON 8220, ECON 8230, ECON 8300, ECON 8320, ECON 8850, and ECON 8860. Exceptions may be granted by the doctoral coordinator.  All programs of studies are subject to final approval by the doctoral coordinator.

2. Foundation Coursework.

Students entering the doctoral program are presumed to have background and current knowledge in the following areas:

  • multivariable calculus including integrals, partial derivatives, and infinite series
  • matrix algebra including linear transformations, determinants, and inverses
  • computer skills for empirical research including statistical packages and the use of data tapes and files
  • macroeconomics and microeconomics through the intermediate level

Students may remedy a deficiency in any or all of these areas by taking credit or noncredit courses, auditing appropriate graduate or undergraduate classes, and/or attending tutorial sessions. Students who believe their background is not adequate may consult with the doctoral coordinator or Office of Academic Assistance for recommendations on overcoming deficiencies. Courses at the university that provide these foundations are as follows:

3. Areas of Study.

Students are required to take coursework in the following areas of study:

  1. Economic Theory and History (15)
    1. Economic Theory: ECON 9010, ECON 9020, ECON 9030, ECON 9040 (12)
    2. History of Economic Thought: ECON 8500 (3)
  2. Mathematical and Statistical Tools (12)
    1. Mathematics for Economists: ECON 8030 or a designated alternative specified by doctoral coordinator (3)
    2. Mathematical Statistics:ECON 9710 (3)
    3. Econometrics II: ECON 9720 (3) Students may not enroll for courses that satisfy this requirement until the program of study is approved.
    4. Advanced Econometrics: ECON 9730 (3)
  3. Applied Economics. A minimum of four courses (twelve hours) must be completed in the area of applied economics, chosen from*:
  4. Elective Fields. Each doctoral student must complete a minimum of three courses (nine hours) in one of the following areas:
    • Environmental, Urban, and Regional Economics (EURE)
    • Experimental Economics
    • Labor Economics
    • Public Finance

    The courses available in these fields are listed below:

    EURE (Environmental Emphasis):

    • ECON 9310 Environmental and Resources I
    • ECON 9320 Environmental and Resources II
    • Choose one of the following:

    EURE (Urban Emphasis):

    • ECON 9300 Seminar in Urban Economics
    • ECON 9330 Regional Economics
    • Choose one of the following:

    Experimental Economics:

    Labor Economics:

    • ECON 9220 Advanced Labor Economics
    • ECON 9230 Topics in Advanced Labor Economics
    • Choose one of the following:
      • ECON 9750 Topics in Econometrics, or
      • MGS 9300 Seminar in Human Resource Management, or
      • A course broadly related to labor economics, subject to the approval of the labor committee

    Public Finance:

    • ECON 9450 Advanced Public Economics I
    • ECON 9460 Advanced Public Economics II
    • Choose one of the following:
      • ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector, or
      • ECON 8470 International Public Economics
  5. Optional Secondary Field. A minimum of two courses (six hours) will be selected by the student with approval from the doctoral coordinator. The two courses must fit together in one of the sub-disciplines of economics. There is no comprehensive examination required for this secondary field. Students are not required to claim a secondary field, in which case they still must select two courses (six hours) to fulfill this requirement.
  6. Dissertation Research. All doctoral students must register for a minimum of three credit hours of ECON 9510, Dissertation Workshop.

4. Required Examinations

  1. Theory.

Written examinations in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory must be completed successfully by each student. Students will be expected to take these examinations, when first offered, at the end of the theory sequence. This requirement must be satisfactorily completed within one year after completion of the prescribed coursework in economic theory. Students will not be permitted a second attempt to pass each theory examination except upon request and approval by doctoral coordinator. A maximum of two attempts is permitted to pass each examination.

b. Elective Fields.

  • Students must successfully complete a written or oral examination in one elective field. This examination must be taken at the first time it is offered following completion of all field-related coursework.
  • Students will not be permitted a second attempt to pass the field examination except upon request and approval by doctoral coordinator. A maximum of two attempts is permitted.

5. Regulations for the Degree

  1. Transfer Credit.
    A maximum of 15 semester hours may be transferred from other institutions. Transfer credit, whether from other institutions or from Georgia State University, must have been completed within five years of the semester of entry to the doctoral program. The course must have been limited to graduate students only and a grade of A or B must have been received.

    • At the time the program of study is planned with the doctoral coordinator, the student who requests transfer credit must submit a course description from the catalog of the institution, a syllabus or course outline, and written justification stating why the course is relevant to the program of study. Final approval for the acceptance of transfer credit rests with the doctoral coordinator and the Office of Academic Assistance.
  2. Scholastic Warning and Termination.
    • The doctoral grade-point average (GPA) is defined as the GPA for all courses numbered 6000 or higher taken after admission to the doctoral program which applies toward the degree as listed on the program of study. Each student must maintain a 3.00 doctoral GPA (B average). A student whose doctoral GPA falls below 3.00 is on “scholastic warning.” After being placed on scholastic warning, a student must attain a 3.00 doctoral GPA within two consecutive semesters; otherwise the individual will be terminated from the doctoral program. The doctoral GPA could differ from the GPA calculated by the university and reported on the student’s official transcript, since the university GPA could also include the grades from all courses taken at Georgia State after bachelors degree and before admission to the doctoral program. For graduation, a student may have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all courses at Georgia State taken at the graduate level, regardless of the degree program.
    • No student, without permission of doctoral coordinator, will be permitted to sit for any examination required for the doctoral degree, other than course examinations, without having a minimum 3.00 doctoral program GPA at the time the examination is to be taken. A student with a doctoral GPA below 3.00 is ineligible for graduate assistantship appointments as either a GRA or GTA. A student who has been terminated from the doctoral program will not be permitted to reapply or reenter the program. Should a student be granted the opportunity to miss a sitting of one of the theory examinations, with specific approval by doctoral coordinator, the student is required to take the exam at the next available sitting.
  3. Standards of Performance.
    • The requirements and regulations listed in this catalog refer to minimum standards of performance. The department may have additional requirements, as set forth in writing that exceeds the minimum standards outlined here. If a student fails to meet these additional requirements, either the department or the doctoral coordinator may require that the student withdraw or be terminated from doctoral study.
    • To continue in the program, a student must make reasonable and timely progress toward the degree in terms of coursework completed and examinations. If a student fails to make reasonable and timely progress, either the department or the doctoral coordinator may require that the student withdraw or be terminated from doctoral study.
    • The determination of a student’s reasonable and timely progress is to be made by the doctoral coordinator.
  4. Petitions.
    • Where a student believes that unusual circumstances invalidate any of the regulations or requirements relating to the degree in his or her particular case, the student may write to the doctoral coordinator and request exemption from or change in the policy. The petition by the student must be submitted with accompanying justifications. If the doctoral coordinator supports the request, he or she will write a letter of support for the student and submit the material to the Office of Academic Assistance for a decision in consultation with the associate dean.
  5. Continuous Registration.
    • Beginning with the semester of acceptance, a doctoral student must register for a minimum of nine hours a semester (excluding summer session) until graduation. ECON 9000, Doctoral Research, may be used to satisfy this requirement until the student has passed the theory and field examinations. ECON 9500, Dissertation Research, may be used to satisfy this requirement once the student has passed the field examination. Students who fail to meet the continuous registration requirements are subject to withdrawal from the program.
  6. The Dissertation.
    • The purpose of the dissertation is for the Ph.D. candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a research program leading to a significant contribution to the candidate’s discipline.
  7. The Dissertation Committee.
    • After successfully completing the three qualifying examinations, the student forms a Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Committee is to consist of a chair plus three members. One of the committee members must be from outside the department. The Office of Academic Assistance, based on the recommendation of the doctoral coordinator, appoints the committee, and any subsequent change in its membership. As the student develops an interest in a potential dissertation topic, he or she should discuss this topic with individual faculty members, both to determine the topic’s feasibility and merit and the faculty members’ interest and expertise in that area. When the student is ready to begin initial work on the dissertation, he or she must first discuss with the doctoral coordinator who among the faculty would be the most appropriate person to serve as chair of the dissertation committee. Only after the doctoral coordinator has agreed with the choice should the student invite the faculty member to chair the committee. Once the dissertation chair has been chosen, the chair, in consultation with the student, will recommend the selection of three additional committee members to the doctoral coordinator.
  8. The Dissertation Proposal Defense.
    • Prior to admission to candidacy for the degree, a dissertation proposal defense must be held. After the student completes a written proposal that the Dissertation Committee judges to be ready for a final defense, a dissertation proposal defense will be held before the Dissertation Committee and readers. The readers are three faculty members who are not members of the student’s Dissertation Committee. The student, in consultation with his or her Dissertation Committee chair, will recommend three readers to the doctoral coordinator, and subsequently the Office of Academic Assistance, for approval.
    • The student’s dissertation proposal should include a summary of the following: the purpose of the study; the nature of the subject to be investigated and its importance; a brief review of the literature; the theory, if any, to be developed; the empirical methodology, techniques, and data sources, if any, to be used; the nature of the hypotheses to be developed or tested; and a time frame for completion of the dissertation. Normally the proposal should not exceed 40 pages.
    • The proposal defense will be open to all interested faculty and doctoral students and will be announced two weeks prior to the date it is scheduled so that interested faculty and students may attend. After the proposal defense has been held, the committee members and readers will vote to determine if the student is deemed to have a satisfactory research topic. A unanimous decision by the student’s Dissertation Committee and a majority decision by the readers are required. The approving members and readers will sign the dissertation proposal defense approval form.
    • Submission of the approval form does not constitute a contractual agreement between the student and the Dissertation Committee. It is within the scope and function of the Dissertation Committee to recommend modifications to the research as it proceeds. Upon submission of the proposal defense approval form, the student is admitted to candidacy for the degree.
  9. Final Dissertation Defense and Graduation.
    • When the candidate’s Dissertation Committee judges that the dissertation is complete, it must be defended orally in a final dissertation defense. At least two weeks in advance of the final dissertation defense, an abstract of the dissertation should be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance and an announcement will be made to all academic units regarding the scheduling of the candidate’s dissertation defense. While any interested faculty member or graduate student may attend the examination and participate in the discussion, only those individuals who are members of the candidate’s Dissertation Committee may vote on the dissertation’s approval or disapproval. Upon successful defense of the dissertation, a dissertation defense approval form will be signed by the members of the Dissertation Committee and submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance. Unanimous approval is required.
    • Six weeks prior to graduation, the candidate must submit an electronic copy of the dissertation the candidate believes is in final form to the Office of Academic Assistance. After the Office of Academic Assistance has reviewed the dissertation and the final oral has been held, the candidate will make any recommended changes to the dissertation. Guidelines for the dissertation are available from the Office of Academic Assistance or online at http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/dissertation-guidelines.
    • At the time the electronic version of the student’s dissertation (ETD) is posted on the Georgia State University Library server, students must choose the availability option, “Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide,” unless they have received approval to restrict distribution from the AYSPS Associate Dean. A letter showing this approval, which will be granted only for a maximum of one year, must be on file in the Office of Academic Assistance prior to graduation.
  10. Time Limits for the Degree.
    • These time limits should be interpreted as the maximum amount of time students may take to complete each of the degree requirements. It is anticipated that most students will complete the requirements much earlier than the maximum time limits specified below:
      1. All coursework on the program of study and required theory and field examinations must be completed within four years from the semester of entry into the doctoral program.
      2. The Dissertation Committee must be appointed; the dissertation proposal defense must be held and approved within one year after completion of the theory and field examinations. Failure to do so may result in penalties under the Standards of Performance clause, section 2070.10.5c.
      3. All requirements for the degree, including the dissertation, must be completed within seven years from the semester of entry into the doctoral program. Failure to do so will result in penalties under the Standards of Performance clause, section 2070.10.5c.

Special Notes for Dual Degree Students completing the MA-EC and Ph.D. in Economics:

Students completing the MA and Ph.D. in Economics concurrently must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours (5 classes) that are unique to the second degree (i.e., are not counted in both programs).

2070.30 Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy

Societal needs—for economic growth, better health care, environmental protection, etc.—and resource limitations challenge policymakers to make difficult public policy choices. The doctoral program in public policy prepares its graduates to conduct original research to help scholars and policymakers understand the tradeoffs involved in such choices across a broad range of critical issues. In particular, students can focus on:

  • Policy analysis and program evaluation: How can we predict the consequences of our policy choices? What values should drive those choices? How can we determine which government and nonprofit programs work – producing benefits that exceed their costs?
  • Public budgeting and finance: How can governments raise the funds necessary to provide public services in as equitable a manner as possible without impeding economic growth? How should and do governments decide which services and programs to fund? How can taxes achieve socially desirable goals?
  • Public and nonprofit management: How should functions be divided among the governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors? How should managers allocate financial and human resources to meet public needs? How should managers balance equity and efficiency claims?

Students can also choose to focus on such substantive policy areas as health, education, economic development, social policy, and disaster management.

The doctoral program prepares its graduates to take positions as college professors or as research-oriented policy analysts in research centers, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. The program assumes that new students have a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, health policy, or a related field, but students may also fulfill master’s prerequisite courses after entering the program. The core courses in the doctoral program build on those master’s prerequisites, providing a strong foundation in policy analysis, program evaluation, microeconomics, quantitative methods, and research design and implementation. Students choose two fields of specialization in which to focus their coursework and research.

The program is intended primarily for full-time students, and the Andrew Young School has been able to fund virtually all full-time students for at least three years. Graduate research assistants work with individual faculty members or with one of the Andrew Young School’s policy research centers, including the Fiscal Research Center, the International Studies Program, the Health Policy Center, and the Nonprofit Studies Program. Over the course of their studies, most students work on both academic and more practical policy-related research projects. Third- and fourth-year students typically have opportunities to teach undergraduate classes.

In recent years, graduates have taken positions with universities (e.g., Syracuse University, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, American University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Florida International University, Sam Houston State University, and California State University- both the Monterey Bay and Stanislaus County campuses) and research-oriented government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms (e.g., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Government Accountability Office, the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, CARE International, RTI International, and BearingPoint).

Georgia State also participates in a joint doctoral program in public policy with Georgia Tech. Students in both programs take core courses on both campuses, but students in the joint program may also major in science and technology policy, economic development policy, and environmental policy – which are also fields of research interest for the Georgia Tech faculty.

A Top Ranked Program: The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) is nationally recognized as a top school in public policy and management. Its many research centers and community outreach efforts provide opportunities to enhance students’ education, as well as often opening doors to attractive jobs. In its 2009 Edition America’s Best Graduate Schools,” the U.S. News and World Report ranked the AYSPS 27th overall among the 269 public affairs schools in the United States. It also ranked AYSPS in the top dozen programs in public finance and budgeting, city management and urban policy, and information and technology management and in the top 25 programs in nonprofit management, public policy analysis and public management administration.

Requirements and Regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (Georgia State):

1. Program Requirements.

To earn the Ph.D., a student must satisfactorily complete six general requirements:

  • Core master’s-level curriculum or its equivalent;
  • The doctoral core curriculum;
  • Seven 3-hour core courses in areas of specialization (four in the major field and three in the minor field);
  • Full-time enrollment for one academic year;
  • Doctoral qualifying examinations; and;
  • Defense of a dissertation.

2. Core Master’s Program Curriculum

The core master’s program curriculum consists of nine 3-hour courses in the six areas that follow. Students may document completion of the core curriculum through coursework taken elsewhere or may select from the courses listed in the current master’s program of the Department of Public Management and Policy, AYSPS. Alternative courses can be taken with permission of the program director.

Policy Analysis: Two courses covering the policy process, policy formulation and implementation, and an introduction to policy analysis. Options include: PMAP 8011 Politics and Policy (3 hours), PMAP 8111 Public Service and Democracy (3 hours), and PMAP 8531 Policy Analysis (3 hours).

Organizational Analysis: One course offering broad coverage of the theories and concepts of organizational behavior and administrative theory and the analysis of organizational processes. Options include: PMAP 8171 Management Systems and Strategies (3 hours) and PMAP 8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 hours).

Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Public Policy: One course that covers in-depth the major ethical issues in policy analysis and administration. Options include: PMAP 8461 Ethics and Public Administration (3 hours).

Techniques of Analysis: Two courses that cover basic statistical analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics to include multiple regression analysis), research design, and an applied research experience. Options include: PMAP 8121 Applied Research Methods and Statistics I (3 hours) and, PMAP 8131 Applied Research Methods and Statistics II (3 hours).

Economics and Public Finance: Two courses that cover the theories and concepts of micro- and/or macroeconomics and an introduction to public finance. Options include: PMAP 8141 Microeconomics for Public Policy (3 hours), PMAP 8161 Public Budgeting and Finance, and ECON 8460 Economics of the State and Local Public Sector (3 hours).

Calculus: One course covering differential and integral calculus and matrix algebra. Options include: ECON 6030 Introduction to Mathematics for Economists (3 hours) and MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (3 hours).

3. Program of Study

a. Core Curriculum.
Building on skills developed at the master’s level, the doctoral core curriculum provides students with an in-depth survey of public policy theory and research; a firm grounding in the philosophy of science; rigorous training in econometric and other quantitative methods, microeconomics, program evaluation, and policy analysis; practical experience in designing and conducting empirical research; and a capstone class to prepare for the dissertation. Core courses are generally offered once a year and are shared between the AYSPS at Georgia State and the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. All courses in the core curriculum are three semester hours. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in all core courses to maintain their doctoral candidacy.
Required Courses (24 hours):

b. Major Fields.

All doctoral students must complete a minimum of four courses (12 hours) in one of three major fields of study. At least one course must be taken at the doctoral level. The major field must be chosen from the following specializations:

  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation

c. Minor Fields.

All doctoral students must also complete a minimum of three courses (9 hours) in a minor field of study. At least one course must be taken at the doctoral level. Students are strongly encouraged to construct their minor field in one of the following ways:

  • Select a minor field from the specialty fields described above. One might, for instance, use Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation as a methods field.
  • Select a minor field in a different substantive policy area, such as health policy, education policy, or emergency management.
  • Select a minor field in a discipline that supports the student’s main course of study, such as economics, political science, or psychology.

Public Finance and Budgeting

This specialization provides students with the theoretical and empirical tools necessary to analyze the adequacy of tax expenditure policies on income and other disparities; and the fiscal role of governments at different levels.

Doctoral courses (choose at least one 3-hour course)

Master’s courses

Public and Nonprofit Management

This specialization encompasses the legal and political context of public and nonprofit management, the governance and management of public and nonprofit organizations, the management of volunteer and charitable resources, the economics and financing of public and nonprofit organizations, and the process of advocacy and public policy development. Emphasis is given to the roles and relationships of government and nonprofit organizations in civil society, democracy, the delivery of public services and the functioning of a market economy.

Doctoral Courses (choose at least one 3-hour course)

Master’s Courses

Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation

This specialization prepares students to conduct research on the design, analysis, and evaluation of public policies. The design of public policies encompasses the choice of tools for pursuing policy goals; the assessment of the influence of the larger economic, political, and governmental context on public policies; and an understanding of the effect of policies on target groups, institutions, and society more generally. Policy analysis, which includes program evaluation, uses theoretical frameworks and empirical methods to assess the potential and actual effects of public policies and their alternatives.

Doctoral Courses (choose at least one)

  • PMAP 9341 Policy Design and Implementation
  • PMAP 9381 Public Budgeting Theory and Research

Master’s Courses

4. Full-time Residency Requirement:

Before taking the final written qualifying examination, a student must complete one year (two consecutive semesters) of full-time residency. For this requirement, full-time enrollment is 12 credit hours per semester and must include three credit hours of research assistantship or directed research experience. In addition, throughout the period before completing the prescribed coursework, a student must take at least 12 credit hours in every twelve-month period.

5. Doctoral Qualifying Examinations:

Students must pass all parts of a comprehensive qualifying examination within one year of completing the prescribed coursework. The comprehensive qualifying examination will consist of:

a. Written Qualifying Examinations

Students will take two written examinations, one in the theory and methods of public policy studies and one in their major area of specialization. Examinations will be given twice per year, and students must notify the program director in writing of their intention to take the examinations one month before they occur.

b. Oral Qualifying Examination.

At the discretion of the Examining Committee, an oral examination may be required as part of the qualifying examination process prior to a determination as to whether the written examination is satisfactory.

c. Students will only be permitted a second attempt to pass any qualifying examination they fail upon the recommendation, by majority vote, of the group of faculty members who graded the examination. A maximum of two attempts is permitted.

7. The Dissertation:

The dissertation allows the Ph.D. candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a research program leading to a significant contribution to the candidate’s discipline. Students must obtain approval of their dissertation proposal within one calendar year after completing all prescribed coursework. Dissertation guidelines are available at http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/dissertation-guidelines.

At the time the electronic version of the student’s dissertation (ETD) is posted on the Georgia State University Library server, students must choose the availability option, “Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide,” unless they have received approval to restrict distribution from the AYSPS Associate Dean. A letter showing this approval, which will be granted only for a maximum of one year, must be on file in the Office of Academic Assistance prior to graduation.

a. The Dissertation Committee.

After successfully completing the two qualifying examinations, the student forms a Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Committee consists of a chair plus four additional members. Students are encouraged to include outside members on their committees as appropriate. Students will choose a committee chair with the advice and approval of the program director and will choose the remaining members of the committee with the advice and approval of the committee chair and program director. Once the committee is chosen, the student may change the membership of the committee only with the advice and approval of the program director.

b. The Dissertation Proposal and Oral Defense.

  • In consultation with the Dissertation Committee, the student will develop a dissertation proposal. The proposal should include a summary of the following: the purpose of the study; the nature of the subject to be investigated and its importance; a brief review of the literature; the nature of the hypotheses to be developed or tested; the empirical methodology, techniques, and data sources, if any, to be used; and a time frame for completion of the dissertation. Normally, the proposal should not exceed 40 pages.
  • The student will present and defend the dissertation proposal in a public presentation that will be open to faculty and graduate students from both schools and announced two weeks prior to the date it is scheduled. The Dissertation Committee will question the student in a two-hour oral examination, and then vote to determine whether the student has a satisfactory research topic and design. A unanimous decision by the student’s Dissertation Committee is required. The approving members will sign the dissertation proposal defense approval form. Upon submission of the proposal defense approval form, the student is admitted to candidacy for the degree.
  • Submission of the approval form does not constitute a contractual agreement between the students and the Dissertation Committee. It is within the scope and function of the Dissertation Committee to recommend modifications to the research as it proceeds.

c. The Final Dissertation Defense.

When the candidate’s Dissertation Committee judges that the dissertation is complete, the student must defend it orally in a final dissertation defense, subject to rules governing Georgia State University graduate study. At least two weeks before the final dissertation defense, the student must submit an abstract of the dissertation to the program director, who will issue an announcement of the scheduling of the candidate’s dissertation defense. Any interested faculty member or graduate student may attend the examination and participate in the discussion. At the completion of the oral defense, members of the dissertation committee will vote on the dissertation’s approval or disapproval. Unanimous approval is required.

8. Regulations for the Degree:

a. Oversight.

An Admissions and Coordinating (A & C) Committee, consisting of five tenure-track faculty, four from the Department of Public Management and Policy and one from the Department of Economics, has jurisdiction over and is chiefly responsible for policy relating to admissions, program curriculum, rules and regulations, and operations of the degree program. The faculty of the Department of Public Management and Policy, in accordance with its procedures and bylaws, select members of the A & C Committee.

b. Scholastic Warning and Termination.

The doctoral grade-point average (GPA) is defined as the GPA for all courses numbered 6000 or higher taken after admission to the doctoral program. Each student must maintain a 3.00 doctoral GPA (B average). The doctoral GPA could differ from the GPA calculated by the university and reported on the student’s official transcript, since the university GPA could also include the grades from all courses taken at Georgia State before admission to the doctoral program. For graduation, a student may have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all courses at Georgia State taken at the graduate level, regardless of the degree program.

c. Standards of Performance.

To continue in the program, a student must make reasonable and timely progress toward the degree in terms of coursework completed and examinations. A determination that a student is not making satisfactory progress and should be terminated from the program may be made at several points in his or her program, including failure to achieve and maintain a doctoral GPA of at least 3.00, failure to pass 12 credit hours within a twelve-month period, failure of the comprehensive qualifying examination, or failure to successfully defend a dissertation proposal or dissertation. In all such cases, a recommendation of dismissal must be made to the Admissions and Coordinating Committee, which will review the case and issue a final decision regarding termination from the program.

e. Appeals.

All student appeals regarding grades and other faculty actions affecting students will be adjudicated through the appeals process governing the Andrew Young School. If the appeal concerns an Admissions & Coordinating Committee action, the student must appeal the action to the Chair of the Department of Public Management and Policy, then to the Academic Program Committee of the school (with approval required to overturn the action), then to the Dean of the school.

f. Time Limits for the Degree.

These time limits should be interpreted as the maximum amount of time students may take to complete each of the degree requirements. It is anticipated that most students will complete the requirements much earlier than the maximum time limits specified below:

1. All required coursework and both written examinations must be completed within four years from the semester of entry into the doctoral program.

2. Both qualifying examinations must be successfully completed within one year after completion of coursework.

3.  The Dissertation Committee must be appointed and the dissertation proposal must be defended and approved within one year after completion of comprehensive examinations.

4. All requirements for the degree, including the dissertation, must be completed within seven years from the semester of entry into the doctoral program.

Requirements and Regulations for the Joint Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (Georgia State & Georgia Institute of Technology):

1. Program Requirements.

To earn the joint Ph.D., a student must satisfactorily complete seven general requirements:

  • A core master’s-level curriculum or its equivalent;
  • Eight core courses in the Ph.D. program;
  • Seven courses in two elective fields (areas of specialization);
  • Full-time enrollment for one academic year;
  • At least three courses with faculty from each school;
  • Doctoral qualifying examinations;
  • Defense of a dissertation.

2. Core Master’s Program Curriculum

The core master’s program curriculum consists of nine courses in the following areas. Students may document completion of the core curriculum through coursework taken elsewhere or may select from the listed courses offered in the master’s program at either institution. Alternative courses can be taken with permission of the program director.

Policy Analysis: Two courses covering the policy process, policy formulation and implementation, and an introduction to policy analysis. Options include: PMAP 8011, PMAP 8111, PMAP 8531, PUBP 6012, and PUBP 6018.

Organizational Analysis: One course offering broad coverage of the theories and concepts of organizational behavior and administrative theory and the analysis of organizational processes. Options include: PMAP 8171, and PUBP 6014.

Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Public Policy: One course that covers in-depth the major ethical issues in policy analysis and administration. Options include: PMAP 8461, PUBP 6010.

Techniques of Analysis: Two courses that cover basic statistical analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics to include multiple regression analysis), research design, and an applied research experience. Options include: PMAP 8121, PMAP 8131, PMAP 8521, PMAP 8551, PUBP 6112], and PUBP 6114].

Economics and Public Finance: Two courses that cover the theories and concepts of micro- and/or macroeconomics and an introduction to public finance. Options include: PMAP 8141, PMAP 8161, ECON 8460, PUBP 6116, and PUBP 6118.

Calculus: One course covering differential and integral calculus and matrix algebra. Options include: ECON 6030, MATH 2211.

3. Program of Study

a. Core Curriculum.

Building on skills developed at the master’s level, the core doctoral curriculum provides students with an in-depth survey of public policy theory and research; a firm grounding in the philosophy of science; rigorous training in econometric and other quantitative methods, microeconomics, program evaluation, and policy analysis; practical experience in designing and conducting empirical research; and a capstone class to prepare for the dissertation. Core courses are generally offered once a year and can be taught on either campus. All courses are three semester hours. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in all core courses to maintain their doctoral candidacy.

Required courses (24 hrs.):

  • PMAP 9111/PUBP 8200 Advanced Research Methods I
  • PMAP 9121/PUBP 8205 Advanced Research Methods II
  • PMAP 9171/PUBP 8510 Logic of Policy Inquiry
  • ECON 8100/PUBP 8211 Applied Microeconomic Analysis
  • PMAP 9131/PUBP 8500 Research Seminar in Public Policy
  • PMAP 9141/PUBP 8813 Advanced Topics in Program Evaluation
  • PMAP 9151/PUBP 8520 Scope and Theory of Public Policy
  • PMAP 9181/PUBP 8590 Dissertation Colloquium

b. Major Fields.

All doctoral students must complete a minimum of four courses (12 hours) in their major field of study. At least one course must be taken at the doctoral level. The major field must be chosen from the following specializations:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Policy Design and Evaluation
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Urban and Regional Economic Development

c. Minor Fields.

All doctoral students must also complete a minimum of three courses (9 hours) in their minor field of study. At least one course must be taken at the doctoral level. They are strongly encouraged to construct their minor field in one of three ways:

  • Select a minor field from the specialty fields described above. One might, for instance, use Policy Design and Evaluation as a methods field.
  • Select a minor field in a different substantive policy area, such as education policy or emergency management.
  • Select a minor field in a discipline that supports their main course of study, such as economics, political science, or psychology.

Environmental Policy:

Environmental issues increasingly confront policymakers and affect economic development. This program of study is designed to prepare students to evaluate the impact of various environmental policies and acquire the necessary tools to develop new policies that address environmental issues and needs.

Doctoral courses (choose at least one):

  • ECON 9310 Environmental and Resource Economics I
  • ECON 9320 Environmental and Resource Economics II
  • ECON 9520 Special Topics in Economics: Experimental Laboratory
  • PUBP 8540 Advanced Topics in Environmental Policy

Master’s courses:

  • PMAP 8271 Disaster Policy and Emergency Management
  • PMAP 8331 Urban Development and Growth Management
  • PUBP 6300 Earth Systems
  • PUBP 6310 Environmental Issues
  • PUBP 6312 Economics of Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 6314 Policy Tools for Environmental Management
  • PUBP 6320 Sustainable Systems: Concepts and Measures
  • PUBP 6324 Environmental and Technological Risk Management
  • PUBP 6326 Environmental Values and Policy Goals
  • PUBP 6329 Environmental Policy and Implementation
  • PUBP 6330 Environmental Law

Health Policy:

The courses in this specialization link health-related research, policy, and programs by focusing on knowledge utilization, policy implementation, and outcome evaluation. Central issues are contributors to health, issues of equity, and understanding of social and economic contexts of health. Prerequisite: master’s level health economics course (HA 8250 or equivalent).

Doctoral courses:

  • PMAP 9211 Applying Research to Policymaking: Examples from Health Care Policy
  • PMAP 9361 Health Policy Research Issues

Master’s courses:

  • HA 8190 Health Policy and Ethics, or
  • POLS 870 Studies in Public Policy: Health Policy and Politics

Electives at Georgia State:

  • HA 8450 Legal Environment of Health Care
  • HA 8630 Managed Care and Vertically Integrated Systems
  • PH 7530 Prevention Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation
  • PSYC 8200 Introduction to Community Psychology
  • SOCI 7110 Aging Policy and Services
  • SOCI 8430 Medical Sociology
  • HHS 8000 Trends Affecting Health Policies, Practices, and Laws
  • NURS 8000 Human Environment Interactions and Health
  • LAW 7239* Health Law: Liability and Bioethics
  • LAW 7240* Health Law: Regulation
  • LAW 7241* Seminar in Health Law

Electives at Georgia Tech:

  • PUBP 6324 Environmental and Technological Risk Management
  • HS 4001 Introduction to Health Systems
  • HS 6000 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
  • HS 6100 Healthcare Delivery Systems Models
  • HS 6200 Healthcare Financial Management
  • HS 6300 Healthcare Information Systems
  • HS 6400 Health Systems Practice
  • MGT 6788 Legal Issues in Biomedical Engineering
  • MGT 6789 Technology Transfer in Biomedical Engineering

* Law courses have the first year of law school as a prerequisite, so they will not be appropriate for most students.

Policy Design, Analysis and Evaluation:

This specialization prepares students to conduct research on the design, analysis, and evaluation of public policies. The design of public policies encompasses the choice of tools for pursuing policy goals, the assessment of the influence of the larger economic, political, and governmental context on public policies, as well as an understanding of the larger economic, political and governmental context on public policies, as well as an understanding of the effect of policies on target groups, institutions, and society more generally. Policy analysis, which includes program evaluation, involves the use of theoretical frameworks and empirical methods to answer questions applied to substantive policy issues about the potential and actual effects of public policies as well as the valuation of policy alternatives.

Doctoral courses (choose at least one):

  • PMAP 9341 Policy Design and Implementation
  • PMAP 9381 Public Budgeting Theory and Research

Master’s courses:

Public Finance and Budgeting:

This specialization provides students with the theoretical and empirical tools necessary to analyze the adequacy of tax expenditure policies on income and other disparities; and the fiscal role of governments at different levels.

Doctoral courses (choose at least one):

Master’s courses:

Public and Nonprofit Management:

This specialization encompasses the legal and political context of public and nonprofit management, the governance and management of public and nonprofit organizations, the management of volunteer and charitable resources, the economics and financing of public and nonprofit organizations, and the process of advocacy and public policy development. Emphasis is given to the roles and relationships of government and nonprofit organizations in civil society, democracy, the delivery of public services and the functioning of a market economy.

Doctoral courses (choose at least one):

  • PMAP 9331 Foundations of Public Administration
  • PMAP 9341 Policy Design and Implementation
  • PMAP 9381 Public Budgeting Theory and Research

Master’s courses:

Science and Technology Policy:

Through this program of study, students examine the interaction between science, technology, and the policy process. Students will explore the range of policies used by the governments in promoting and regulating science, technology, and innovation across the globe. Coursework will cover the sources and stimuli for innovation, the roles of universities, industry-government agreements, joint R&D ventures, and technology transfer. Students will also examine science and technology as social institutions. Particular attention is given to understanding the production and diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge.

Doctoral course:

  • PUBP 8530 Advanced Topics in Technology and Science Policy

Master’s courses:

  • PUBP 6401 Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • PUBP 6402 Research Policy and Management
  • PUBP 6414 Technological Innovation and Government Policy
  • PUBP 6415 Technology, Regions, and Policy
  • PUBP 6417 Critical Perspectives on Science and Technology
  • PUBP 6418 Comparative Science and Technology Policy
  • PUBP 6421 Development of Large-Scale Socio-Technical Systems

Urban and Regional Economic Development:

At the heart of this program is an exploration of government policies designed to stimulate economic development. Particular emphasis is given to exploring the competitiveness of small business and the modernization of manufacturers. Students will also explore the physical urban infrastructure such as water, sewer, transportation, and waste disposal systems. They are also presented the policy tools for analyzing this class of public issue.

Doctoral courses (choose at least one):

  • ECON 9300 Seminar in Urban Economics
  • PUBP 8550 Advanced Topics in Urban and Regional Economic Development Policy

Master’s courses:

  • ECON 8300 Urban Economics
  • PMAP 8021 Scope and Theory of Planning
  • PMAP 8031 Urban Political Economy
  • PMAP 8311 Urban Demography and Analysis
  • PMAP 8331 Urban Development and Growth Management
  • PUBP 6600 Foundations of Local Economic Development Planning and Policy
  • PUBP 6602 Economic Development Analysis and Practice
  • PUBP 6604 Methods of Urban Policy Analysis and Planning
  • PUBP 6606 Urban Development Policy

4. Full-time Residency Requirement:

Before taking the final written qualifying examination, a student must complete one year (two consecutive semesters) of full-time residency. For this requirement, full-time enrollment is 12 credit hours per semester and must include three credit hours of research assistantship or directed research experience. In addition, throughout the period before completing the prescribed coursework, a student must take at least 12 credit hours in every twelve-month period.

5. Joint Enrollment Residency Requirements:

Students must satisfactorily complete (with a grade of “B” or better) at least nine credit hours of coursework taught by Georgia State faculty and at least nine credit hours of coursework taught by Georgia Tech faculty (exclusive of dissertation credit). Courses taught jointly by Georgia Tech and Georgia State faculty may be counted toward fulfillment of either requirement. Courses that are simply cross-listed in both schools will not meet the standard of being jointly taught.

6. Doctoral Qualifying Examinations:

Students must pass all parts of a comprehensive qualifying examination within one year of completing the prescribed coursework. The comprehensive qualifying examination will consist of:

a. Written Qualifying Examinations.

Students will take two written examinations, one in the theory and methods of public policy studies and one in their major area of specialization (elective fields). Examinations will be given twice per year, and students must notify the program director in writing of their intention to take the examinations one month before they occur.

b. Oral Qualifying Examination.

At the discretion of the Examining Committee, an oral examination may be required as part of the qualifying examination process prior to a determination as to whether the written examination is satisfactory.

c. Students will only be permitted a second attempt to pass any qualifying examination they fail upon the recommendation, by majority vote, of the group of faculty members who graded the examination. A maximum of two attempts is permitted.

7. The Dissertation:

The dissertation allows the Ph.D. candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a research program leading to a significant contribution to the candidate’s discipline. Students must obtain approval of their dissertation proposal within one calendar year after completing all prescribed coursework. Dissertation guidelines are available at http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa/dissertation-guidelines.

At the time the electronic version of the student’s dissertation (ETD) is posted on the Georgia State University Library server, students must choose the availability option, “Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide,” unless they have received approval to restrict distribution from the AYSPS Associate Dean. A letter showing this approval, which will be granted only for a maximum of one year, must be on file in the Office of Academic Assistance prior to graduation.

a. The Dissertation Committee.

After successfully completing the two qualifying examinations, the student forms a Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Committee consists of a chair plus four additional members. At least three members must be core faculty of the joint doctoral program, meaning faculty of the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology or the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The committee must include at least one member from each School. Students are encouraged to include outside members on their committees as appropriate. Students will choose a committee chair with the advice and approval of the program director and will choose the remaining members of the committee with the advice and approval of the committee chair and program director. Once the committee is chosen, the student may change the membership of the committee only with the advice and approval of the program director.

b. The Dissertation Proposal and Oral Defense.

  • In consultation with the Dissertation Committee, the student will develop a dissertation proposal. The proposal should include a summary of the following: the purpose of the study; the nature of the subject to be investigated and its importance; a brief review of the literature; the nature of the hypotheses to be developed or tested; the empirical methodology, techniques, and data sources, if any, to be used; and a time frame for completion of the dissertation. Normally, the proposal should not exceed 40 pages.
  • The student will present and defend the dissertation proposal in a public presentation that will be open to faculty and graduate students from both schools and announced two weeks prior to the date it is scheduled. The Dissertation Committee will question the student in a two-hour oral examination, and then vote to determine if the student has a satisfactory research topic and design. A unanimous decision by the student’s Dissertation Committee is required. The approving members will sign the dissertation proposal defense approval form. Upon submission of the proposal defense approval form, the student is admitted to candidacy for the degree.
  • Submission of the approval form does not constitute a contractual agreement between the students and the Dissertation Committee. It is within the scope and function of the Dissertation Committee to recommend modifications to the research as it proceeds.

c. The Final Dissertation Defense.

When the candidate’s Dissertation Committee judges that the dissertation is complete, the student must defend it orally in a final dissertation defense, subject to rules governing Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University graduate study. At least two weeks before the final dissertation defense, the student must submit an abstract of the dissertation to the program director, who will issue an announcement of the scheduling of the candidate’s dissertation defense. Any interested faculty member or graduate student may attend the examination and participate in the discussion. At the completion of the oral defense, members of the dissertation committee will vote on the dissertation’s approval or disapproval. Unanimous approval is required.

8. Regulations for the Degree:

a. Joint Oversight.

An Admissions and Coordinating (A & C) Committee, consisting of six tenure-track faculty, three from Georgia State University and three from Georgia Institute of Technology, has jurisdiction over and is chiefly responsible for policy relating to admissions, program curriculum, rules and regulations, and operations of the joint degree program. The faculties of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the School of Public Policy, in accordance with their procedures and bylaws, select members of the A & C Committee.

b. Scholastic Warning and Termination.

The doctoral grade-point average (GPA) is defined as the GPA for all courses numbered 6000 or higher taken after admission to the doctoral program. Each student must maintain a 3.00 doctoral GPA (B average). The doctoral GPA could differ from the GPA calculated by the universities and reported on the student’s official transcript, since the university GPA could also include the grades from all courses taken at Georgia State or Georgia Tech before admission to the doctoral program. For graduation, a student may have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all courses at Georgia State taken at the graduate level, regardless of the degree program.

c. Standards of Performance.

To continue in the program, a student must make reasonable and timely progress toward the degree in terms of coursework completed and examinations. A determination that a student is not making satisfactory progress and should be terminated from the program may be made at several points in his or her program, including failure to achieve and maintain a doctoral GPA of at least 3.00, failure to pass 12 credit hours within a twelve-month period, failure of the comprehensive qualifying examination, or failure to successfully defend a dissertation proposal or dissertation. In all such cases, a recommendation of dismissal must be made to the Admissions and Coordinating Committee, which will review the case and issue a final decision regarding termination from the program.

d. Petitions.

Where a student believes that unusual circumstances invalidate any of the regulations or requirements relating to the degree in his or her particular case, the student may write to the A & C Committee and request exemption from or change in the policy. The petition by the student must be submitted with accompanying justifications. In all such cases, the A & C Committee will review the case and issue a final decision regarding the petition.

e. Appeals.

All student appeals regarding grades and other faculty actions affecting students will be adjudicated through the appeals process governing the School where the action occurred. If the appeal concerns an A & C Committee action or other joint program action, the student must appeal the action first to the faculties of both schools (with approval from both required to overturn the action), then to the graduate committees of both institutions (with approval from both required to overturn the action).

f. Time Limits for the Degree.

These time limits should be interpreted as the maximum amount of time students may take to complete each of the degree requirements. It is anticipated that most students will complete the requirements much earlier than the maximum time limits specified below:

  1. All required coursework and both written examinations must be completed within four years from the semester of entry into the doctoral program.
  2. Both qualifying examinations must be successfully completed, the Dissertation Committee must be appointed, and the dissertation proposal must be defended and approved within one year after completion of coursework.
  3. All requirements for the degree, including the dissertation, must be completed within seven years from the semester of entry into the doctoral program.