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Kaley Klaus, MLS Coordinator
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 235

Public Administration Concentration

About the Program

The increasing scope and complexity of problems facing American society have placed substantial demands upon public and private sector leaders. It is a broad sentiment that our social institutions (and their leaders) have failed to provide the "good life." Our society is entering an era in which the traditional boundary between public, private, and nonprofit sectors is becoming increasingly blurred. Thus, it is even more important that today's public administrator understand and work effectively within the context of these social changes. Public administrators require particular knowledge and skills to provide the highest standards of leadership in their communities, and the MLS in Public Administration provides those essential qualities.

Program Admissions Requirements

This concentration requires a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours. The personal statement (1-2 pages) should be inspired by the following questions:

  • What does it mean to engage in graduate study?
  • What are three of the most crucial qualities needed to be a graduate student?
  • Describe for us something you're especially proud of having achieved in your life.

The program has established these deadlines for priority application consideration:

  • Fall- March 31
  • Spring - October 31

Program Curriculum

MLS Core Courses: 10 credit hours (required)

  • IDS 801: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies
  • IDS 802: Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective
  • IDS 803: Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society
  • IDS 804: Information Literacy

Concentration Core: 12 credit hours (required)

  • POLS 611: Policy Analysis
  • POLS 612: Administrative Process
  • POLS 616: Public Personnel Management
  • POLS 618: Public Budgeting

Choose two of the following: 6 credit hours

  • COMM 606: Conflict Management through Communication
  • COMM 810: Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • CRJ 810: Criminal Justice Organizational Structures
  • INF 658: Law of Cyberspace
  • LDRS 802: Organizational Systems, Change, and Leadership
  • LDRS 818: Ethical Leadership

Choose one Culminating Experience: 3 credit hours

  • IDS 820: Projects in Liberal or Professional Studies
  • IDS 890: Internship in Liberal or Professional Studies

Total Hours Required: 31 credit hours

Program Contact

Contact Dr. Larry Gould to see if the Master of Liberal Studies concentration in Public Administration is right for you. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read the MLS Student Handbook.

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