Master’s Project Course

PAI 996, 3 Credits

The Master’s Project Course is the capstone for the program. During this course, students will have the opportunity to incorporate what they have learned throughout the program to a specific case that has practical application to a real world organization or group of policy makers. Students will work in a group or individually to integrate concepts and skills learned from the online Executive MPA curriculum to design an evidence-based Master’s project paper.

Students will start this process with an incubation period, where they will explore areas of interest and develop ideas into concrete topics, with the intention of developing a project proposal. As the first phase of the capstone, this process will start at least three months prior to the beginning of the course.

In partnership with professors and faculty members, a virtual “incubator space” will be available on the platform to provide specific requirements and resources, in the form of learning modules and exercises. This will support the exploration and the completion of selecting a topic and developing a project proposal.

Here’s a list of some examples of past projects:

Master’s Project Course: Past Projects
Broad Topics Past Project Paper Titles
Fiscal and monetary policy "Analysis of the Detroit bankruptcy case and designing for its rebirth"
"Reforming old age income security: is privatization the answer?"
"Water privatization in the City of Rochester, NY"
Environmental policy and global warming
Designing a national energy policy
Options for utility deregulation
"Achieving affordability of solar energy in India, Pakistan and the United States through global partnerships"
Providing health care services "Healthcare for the elderly - a comparative analysis"
"The role of technology in facilitating informal caregiving in developed countries"
Intergovernmental roles and relations "Improving civil servants' performance appraisal in developing countries"
"Open government partnership - a comparative study"
Replacing decaying infrastructure (e.g. roads, bridges, sewers) "Reducing corruption in municipal infrastructure investments: A case study of Turkey, India and Pakistan"
Providing education
Designing a research and science policy
“A comparative analysis of increasing capacity on non-governmental organizations with HIV/AIDS services to women"
"International cooperation for disaster relief: Haiti and China"
"Human Services Needs Assessment in Onondaga County"