Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Administration (M.A.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Administration (M.A.A.) degree program is designed for working professionals with increasing responsibility for leading and managing modern organizations. It is a thirty six (36) credit hour graduate degree program that addresses topics related to administration, leadership, applied research, values and ethics, strategy, human resources, and diversity. The administrative competencies acquired in this program can be applied in a broad range of private, public, or not-for-profit settings. The curriculum emphasizes the application of effective organizational practices along with the ethical responsibilities valued in today’s workplaces.

M.A.A. Program Learning Outcomes

Integration of study, reflection, and action are the underlying assumptions of the M.A.A. program. Upon completion of the M.A.A. degree program, students will be able to:

  • analyze the importance of collaborative service to both the local and global community through evaluation of social and organizational problems and the application of creative solutions;

  • evaluate ethical and social justice issues faced by the modern organization coupled with the administrative leadership and resources required to effectively deal with these challenges;

  • analyze the significance of an inclusive community in the workplace characterized by interdependence, dignity and equality, compassion, and respect for self and others;

  • synthesize knowledge of administrative and leadership concepts, theories, models, and techniques within the broad social, economic, ethical, technical, and political environments related to all types of organizations; and

  • apply academic research methods to analyze, synthesize, and effectively manage knowledge in the workplace.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university with a cumulative grade average of B or higher (an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a four-point scale). Official transcripts of all previous college or university studies must be submitted.

  • Submission of a resume or vitae and professional references indicating work history.

  • Two original and verifiable letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources.

  • An essay of at least 750 words, which explains why the applicant wishes to pursue his/her chosen degree and how it will help to fulfill his/her personal and professional goals. Applicants should also describe in detail their accomplishments, experiences, values, potential for professional excellence, and commitment to completing their chosen degree program. Moreover, applicants should include information about how they work, think, and interact with people, as well as on any other potentially relevant topics.

  • International applicants whose previous college or university studies were not in English must earn a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 79 on the internet-based versions of this test. Students may also submit the IELTS results. Barry University requires a band score of 6.5 or higher. For further information on these tests, refer to www.ielts.org or www.toefl.org. Applicants must also satisfy all of criteria which are outlined in the section of the University Graduate Catalog on International Applicants.

To receive full admission status, all of the above items must be submitted before applicants register for their first courses. If any item is missing or incomplete, applicants may be granted provisional acceptance and may be allowed to register for a limited number of credit hours while stipulated admission or academic requirements are being satisfied. In this situation, full admissions to the program is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Provisional Admissions

Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be provisionally admitted if all of the other admissions criteria have been met. Applicants who have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of BELOW a 3.5 GPA will be required to take the ADM-511W Graduate Writing and Research workshop (non-credit/no cost workshop). Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better who have been out of school for more than 4 years are also required to take the ADM-511W in the first term of enrollment.

Provisionally admitted students may register for two (2) courses (six credits) and must receive at least a 3.0 (B) grade in each of the courses to register for any additional course(s). If they are successful in attaining at least a 3.0 (B) in each course and received a “CR” grade in ADM-511W, they are fully admitted. If they are unsuccessful in attaining a 3.0 (B) in both courses and/or a “CR” grade in ADM-511W, then the provisionally admitted student can no longer take courses in the M.A.A.

Course Sequencing

Courses should be taken in sequence to the extent the schedule permits. Students required to take ADM-511W must take this workshop in the first term of enrollment. Students should take the ADM-535 and ADM-521 in their first six credits of enrollment, followed by other ADM 5xx level coursework. Following, students should complete the 6xx level courses. The capstone course ADM-699 should be completed in the student’s last term prior to graduation. ADM-699 is offered in “B” terms only.

M.A.A. Curriculum (36 Credits)

Prerequisite Course

Applicants who have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of BELOW a 3.5 GPA will be required to take the ADM-511W Graduate Writing and Research workshop (non-credit/no cost workshop). Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better who have been out of school for more than 4 years are also required to take the ADM-511W in the first term of enrollment. ADM-511W Graduate Writing & Research (Offered online only) (non-credit).

ADM-511WGRADUATE WRITING AND RESEARCH

0

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

ADM-505HUMAN RESOURCE ADMINISTRATION

3

ADM-517FINANCIAL CONCEPTS FOR ADMIN

3

ADM-521APPLIED ORG CONCEPTS

3

ADM-525ADMINISTRATIVE STRATEGIES

3

ADM-535RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

3

ADM-545VALUES & ETHICS IN ADMIN

3

ADM-553ADM LEADERSHIP THEORY/PRACT

3

ADM-568CHANGING ENVIRON OF ADMIN

3

ADM-699CAPSTONE: APPLIED PROJECT

3

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Choose three courses from the following:

ADM-515INFORMATION TECH CONCEPTS

3

ADM-652DIVERSITY IN WORKPLACE

3

ADM-680PROJECT MANAGEMENT

3

PUB-501INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMIN

3

PUB-622NON-PROFIT ADMINISTRATION

3

PUB-623PRODUCTIVITY IMPRV PUBLIC SEC

3

PUB-650PUBLIC/PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

3

PUB-660PUBLIC POLICY & ADMIN PROCESS

3