Students have the option of completing:
PPAL 6250 3.0 – Major Research Paper (MRP)
An independent research project leading to a major research paper on a policy field of choice (e.g. e-government, health policy, environmental policy, justice policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, foreign affairs policy, taxation policy). Students will have the opportunity to share their projects with other students in their cohort at a final research seminar.
PPAL 6230 3.0 – Topics in Public Policy
This course allows students to investigate areas of public policy of specific interest to them. Students meet in class and conduct an independent reading project to learn approaches to the analysis of public policy, undertake research, and present papers on their specific public policy interests/research.
The expectations for the final research paper for PPAL6230 are the same as the expectations for a Major Research Paper. The difference is the process leading to the completion of the final paper. The Major Research Paper project is treated as a course so that the fulfillment of this requirement will show on the student’s transcript.
Students must decide by May 31 of their first year whether they will opt for the Major Research Paper or the Topics in Public Policy course.
Note that students interested in opting for an MRP need the permission of the MPPAL Program Director. Please consult her early on regarding further details, including possible supervisors (e.g. by emailing [email protected]) .
Some sample MPPAL Topics and MRP paper titles from 2016-18 can be reviewed here.
The Major Research Paper (MRP) Option
Students who choose the Major Research Paper option must indicate that choice by May 31 of their first year by completing the MRP Supervisory Committee Form (PDF), which must be forwarded to the MPPAL graduate program office for approval by the Director.
The purpose of the form is it to ensure that all students have a supervisor (and second reader, if they so desire) and that all students have a proposed topic for the major research paper.
The Supervisor must be a member of the MPPAL Teaching Faculty, Associate Faculty, or Adjunct Faculty. Students have the option of working with an MPR supervisory committee composed of a second reader who is a faculty member appointed to any graduate program at York, and/or with an external reader who could be an experienced public official, or a faculty member at another university. The grade for the Major Research Paper is determined by the first reader, although the second reader will typically be consulted.
Some students may prefer to work only with an MRP Supervisor, and not an MRP committee. Others may prefer to work not only with their supervisor, but also with a second reader who may have an expertise the complements the expertise of the supervisor, and/or with an external reader who may have a practical or theoretical expertise that could enhance the student’s learning experience.
By September 15, students choosing the MRP course must ensure that they have complete a draft outline for their MRP. It must be at least 2-3 pages in length, and must indicate the topic, the proposed argument, a point-form outline of the subjects to be covered in the paper, and a list of at least ten academic sources. A copy must also be submitted to the MPPAL graduate program office .
If the proposed research involves interviews with human participants, the appropriate forms for York University’s research ethics approval must be received prior to finalizing the outline/proposal and before students commence their research. The research ethics approval process may take several weeks. Applications for MRP related research ethics approval are reviewed “in house” by a committee of MPPAL professors.
The student must submit the approved MRP outline – including all ethics forms if applicable – to the MPPAL graduate office by October 15. This indicates that the supervisor has approved the outline. If the topic changes or if the outline changes substantially, the student must submit a new MRP form to the MPPAL graduate program office, which must be signed by the supervisor again, along with the approved outline.
Finally, students have the option to orally present the findings of their MRP at a day-long workshop of the student’s final year. Individual presentations, including discussion, will be about 20 minutes in length, and will be attended by members of supervisory committees and fellow students. Other faculty members may also attend.
Students must submit the final version of their MRP by May 1 to allow their supervisors time to read and grade the final draft.
The deadline for submission of the MRP grades is May 15 of the following year.
If the student requires an extension beyond May 15, then it must be requested via a course transaction form (to be submitted to the Registrar’s office). Note that since the MRP is a 3 credit course (PPAL 6230 3.0 F/W), only a single two month extension is possible.
The deadline for such extensions (i.e. deadline for grade submission) is July 15. After July 15, the INCOMPLETE grade automatically becomes an F, unless a petition is submitted. MRP grades must be in by July 15 for students who want to graduate in the fall.
Petitions allowing a student to still work on an MRP past July 15 will require the student to register for the subsequent fall/winter term, albeit at a lower rate (since the student will be past the six-terms).
The MRP must be 40-50 pages in length (about 11,200 to 14,000 words), with the text double-spaced with 12-point font. References and footnotes are single-spaced.
Please review the relevant forms and policies for additional guidelines and requirements.
The Topics in Public Policy Option
Students must indicate their intention to enroll in PPAL 6230 (Topics in Public Policy) by May 31 of their first year by completing the Topics in Public Policy Intention Form and submitting it to the MPPAL office. By the second class in this course (normally in October), students choosing the Topics in Public Policy course must ensure that they have an outline or proposal for their research paper. The outline must be at least five pages in length, and must indicate the topic, the proposed argument, a point-form outline of the subjects to be covered in the paper, and a list of at least ten academic sources.
If the proposed research involves interviews with human participants, the appropriate forms for York University’s research ethics approval must be received prior to finalizing the outline/proposal and before students commence their research. The research ethics approval process may take several weeks. The Course Director must approve the proposal. If the topic changes or if the outline changes substantially, the student must submit a new outline to the Course Director, and it must be approved by the Course Director.
Students in PPAL 6230 will meet as a class at least five times between September and April to discuss with each other the progress of their research, the challenges they are encountering, and possible solutions to these challenges. At these meetings, drafts of parts of the research papers will be presented.
Students will orally present the findings of their independent research papers at a class session. The presentations, including discussion, will be about 20 minutes in length, and will be attended by all students in the class, and by some faculty members as well as the Course Director.
The research paper for the course will normally be about 25 pages in length (about 5,000 words), with the text double-spaced with 12-point font. References and footnotes are single-spaced. There will be additional writing assignments for this course so that the total volume of written work will be about the same as for the MRP option.
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What is a good thesis topic for a masters in public administration?
Thesis topic in Public Administration :
- Describe the pros and cons of lights and sirens in emergency service vehicles such as police cars or ambulances. Is there enough evidence to support their use as means for services to arrive to an emergency quicker?
- Do you believe that public administration has helped to reform the welfare system? Are there still services that don’t reach those who are most in need?
- The state of California is experience an unprecedented drought for several years now. What changes to the water policy (its use and conversation) need to be made to get through this period?
- Do you believe law or policy makers can create stricter gun control to protect communities? Or will citizens’ rights prevent this from being effective?
- Can changes in policy help reduce the kinds of crimes that are committed in certain communities? Should laws be universal or do some places require stricter policing?
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- Increasing locals knoweledge in the workings of local authorities through web portals.
- Is it important for public administrations involve NGOs?
- Pros and cons of building big sport arena in the city
- Anti-drug control by public administration
- Development and implementation of innovations/startups of local public services
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, Ph.D.MBA Public Administration, University of Southern California (1972)
- Pick a topic that you have an interest in solving.
- Make sure the topic has some easily established boundaries when you have to summarize the literature. My Dissertation focused on organizational change. However, I ended up summarizing the literature in three fields requiring about 500 texts and Journal Articles. I summarized: Consensus, Deviancy, Conformity; Conflict; and Change.
- Check with your Thesis Chairman as to his interests. Make sure he is compatible with your chosen topic. You probably have three members on your Committee.
- I would recommend that you do an empirical field study involving at least two different groups requiring a Null Hypotheses and a questionnaire. I do not recommend a “ content analysis” approach. Use the Thesis as a learning tool and co-opt your Committee members into the research project so they will give you excellent recommendations. The respect of your Committee Members is important in future time periods. I had full support of senior USC faculty members whenever I was making research proposals to foreign governments. They even accompanied me when I made proposals to a foreign Embassy in Washington, D.C..
- I would focus on something related to Evaluation Research where you take research methods and integrate it into policy making. This would require you to have had a course in Research Methods and also another one in Policy Making. You want to be proud of your Thesis and do not throw something together as a piece of junk. Your image reflected in your Thesis is what the Faculty Committee will remember and not your grades. This format will help you when you when you will need it the most in the real world.
- I cannot give you the questionnaire design here because the Quora format is not compatible. On the far left you place the term “ Actual”, In the middle you place the “ null hypotheses”, and a the far right place the term “ should”. Use Ordinal or Interval scales on both side with the zero point in the middle. You would most likely use Ordinal. With the “actual” you are diagnosing the organization (or the issue)—and on the “ should” you are getting directions for policy making recommendations. With this format you can get a six way analysis . When I taught a graduate level course in Policy Making I also taught them the Evaluation Research methodology integrated into policy making. Get the book by Kerlinger, Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences. You want to learn from your Thesis so don’t just fluff it off with a poor design and presentation. You will use this experience in the future and it is actually the most valuable part of your formal education and will synthesize your subject matter into your own status role identity and you can now defend your own ideas as being just as good as others.
- I would occasionally evaluate technical proposals in the area of Exploratory and Advanced Development at a Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory for the Commanding Officer provided for his review before a presentation to four Admirals ( 2 Stars). I am NOT an engineer but the extensive research I did on my Dissertation was very helpful a well as my past management development experience. Result: I took over as Co-author and Editor of a 5 year, $ 60 million ( $240 million 2017) successful Energy Program Proposal. I was by myself with absolutely no peers. This was done over a two day weekend and totally within my existing knowledge base. It took another two weeks for the technical departments to provide the data needed for the proposal. I provided the conceptual model for the work to be done and the final editing for a 20 minute presentation.
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Students who pursue public administration degree have to write a thesis on public administration as part of the degree completion requirement. The students should understand the theme and need of public administration when writing a thesis on the topic. As it is directly connected with the public affairs, you have to know about the ins and outs of the field.
Choosing a good and effective topic is vital. Some public administration thesis topics ideas can be:
About public high school
About budget planning and control etc
Choose the topic in which you can prepare a well written paper. Do the research well and find out the important notes. You can get more ideas of topics if you search further. Many blogs and webpages can be found online providing best topic suggestions. Also you can find custom thesis writing and dissertation writing samples of topics from where you can get more ideas on it. Choose the one in which you can prepare a best written work.
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, MPA Public Administration & Financial Management, University of New Mexico (1989)
I wrote my thesis using a comparative approach to public administration. Pick the area of public administration that you want to focus on (personnel, financial management, policy development and implementation, health care, etc). Then research your points of comparison, contrast and compare, and finalize with a synthesis. Hope this helps. Best wishes.