The Master of Public Administration degree is designed to provide the public administrator with an understanding of the governmental and economic environment in which he or she must work. In addition to serving administrators in governmental organizations, the program is appropriate for career military personnel, nonprofit organization administrators, and the private sector professionals whose responsibilities involve extensive contact with governmental agencies and public sector personnel.

A capstone is a senior project purpose of which is to consolidate classroom learning with research in an area of interest to the student. These capstone projects can be in the form of a portfolio of the student’s work or a more formal thesis or dissertation.

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Capstones from 2016

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Food Rescue Program Evaluation Three Square Food Bank, Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada

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Building an Evaluation Framework for The Smith Center’s Education & Outreach Department, Melissa Jacobowitz, Chris Helda, Stephanie Hernandez, and Rico Casillas

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A​ Program Evaluation of Outside Las Vegas’ YMCA Education Program, Robin Mendoza, Kevin Schmidt, Arcelia Barajas, and Branson Chun

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Clark County Department of Family Services, Parenting Project, Julie Owens, Natalie Grajeda, Stephanie Thelen, David L. Olivieri, and Fredric Jackson

Capstones from 2015

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Community Advanced Data and Research Analysis: A Mixed Methods Capstone Project, Michael Bernarndo, Brandie Green, Amber Konold, and Kathryn Weavil

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An Evaluation of Clean the World, Las Vegas Volunteer Program, Chanton Cox, Bassem Dahdouh, and Madison Rousell

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Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Program Evaluation, Ambrosia Crump and Dydia Garcia

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Program Evaluation of Clark County Department of Family Services, Parenting Project, Marissa E. Duke, Emily Elzeftawy, and Michael D. Spies

Capstones from 2014

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An Analysis of Capacity Issues within the Division of Mental and Behavioral Health for the State of Nevada, Jeffrey Buchwald, Tara Cooley, Enrique Mazon Jr., and Jessica Sifuentes

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City of North Las Vegas Complete Streets Corridor Ranking Study Evaluation, Yasmin Dixon, Brianna Lawrence, Sarah Saenz, and Imari Thompson

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Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow: Treatment Effects of the Stages of Employment Job Readiness Program on Program Completion and Employment Outcomes for Ex-Offenders, Michael Hammer, Stephanie Pocchia, and Stacy Howell

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An Evaluation of the Clark County Wetlands Park Volunteer Program, Stephanie Holguin, Riley Kelley, Aaron Manfredi, and Michael McQuatters

Capstones from 2013

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Friends of Rainbow Company Program Evaluation, Holly Balmer, Christian Downing, and Eric Garner

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Friends in the Desert Foundation, Inc. Program Evaluation, Gina Brooksbank, Jessica Wilde, and Holly Williams

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Spatial Health Indicator Analysis Data Collection UNLV Study, Amelia Gulling, Jeff Greer, and Tom Stewart

Capstones from 2011

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Independent living program evaluation for Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently, Patricia Armour, Debra Moulton, and Araceli Pruett

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HELP of Southern Nevada analysis project, Lauren Cella, Carly Dunlap, Jonathon Nunes, and Anna Vaillancourt

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NevadaGIVES.org: Building website capacity for data collection, Snezhanka V. Christy and Lisa E. Stamanis

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Public Utilities Commission of Nevada: A research design for data collection, Mario Heresi, Jamie Stout, Brandy Davis, and Cheyenne Pasquale

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Telework within the Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Region office, Theresa Lee, Lynne Arnold, John Wagner, Elias Samorano, and Anita Morgan

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Evaluation of mentoring in southern Nevada, Andrew Merz and Glen Leavitt

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Ready for Life — An evaluation: Factors relating to truancy and promising practices, Clayton Nichols, Shenita Harper, Maria Thomas, Mikaela Louve, and Christina Vela

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Program evaluation: Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region business lines and focus areas “Water Drop” project, Adriana VanBuskirk, Marion Biron, Kris Kirby, and Theodore Anderson

Capstones from 2010

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City of Las Vegas, Department of Building and Safety: Valuation based fee schedule analysis, Darcy Adelbai-Hurd, Vicki L. Brown, Josh Turley, and Mary Ann Weidner

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Centennial Hills Active Adult Center business plan, K. C. Brekken, Jeff Buchanan, David Gordon, and Doug Guild

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The Case for increased cross-agency data sharing in the State of Nevada, Richard Entringer, Tina Jara, Alysia Peters, and Steve Price

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Volunteer management analysis for the City of Las Vegas, Robert Fash, Jose Rodriguez, Bertral Washington, and Heather Whitesides

Capstones from 2009

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Nonprofits in crisis: How to retain employees in the nonprofit sector, Liz Armstrong, Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, Lori Lopez-Newman, Diana R. Paul, and Keith R. Paul

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The Use of policy analysis in southern Nevada planning and development departments, Dawn Barlow, Shane Dillon, Lynn Hunsinger, Ted Lendis, Neo Vidal, and Wendy Yada

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City of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement accreditation evaluation program, Daniel Bennett

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Getting on track: Consolidating and streamlining positions at Clark County, Elaina Bhattacharyya, Kevin Cerny, Craig Christiansen, and Elizabeth Muto

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The Role of tuition in financing higher education, Jay Craddock, Amjad Kisswani, Krista Kurvers, Hillery Leslie, Kumiko Primm, and Abigal Sills

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Program evaluation of help Las Vegas Genesis Apartments, Shauna Davis, Bristol Ellington, Alexis Mussi, and Jason LaMarr Wasden

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HopeLink: A program evaluation, Cheryl Edwards, Telma Lopez, Bryan Osborne, and Erik Pappa

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City of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement commission on accreditation of law enforcement accreditation program evaluation report, Karen Kelly, Cecelia McNeely, and Sandy Seda

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Analysis of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Nevada, Andrea Sundberg, Brad Giles, Cedric Pittman, Imelda DeLatorre, and Rebbeca Morris Fridley

Capstones from 2008

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An Economic development plan for Boulder City, Mel Barosay, Amber Z. Cunningham, Dollinda Fields, and Silas Prince

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Urban corruption policy analysis, Michael Buttars, John Devaney, Jared Gerber, and Kevin Sansom

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Boulder City, Nevada revenue generating analysis, Mayra A. Castro, Dolores P. Leyva, Arnetta M. Meagher, and Wade Zimmerman

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Recruit training academy Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Kristin Cooper, Christine Dudas, Torrell Huber, Stephanie Jordan, and Darryl Martin

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Policy analysis: Compressed workweek, Rick Crosby, Matt Richardson, Stephen Nowicki, and Ly Doan

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Clark County town advisory boards and citizens advisory councils: Participation rates, Lucy Greger, Jason Hafen, Aaron Mueller, Heather Rosich, and Rebecca Saoud

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City of Las Vegas human resources promotional selection process program evaluation, Rik Holman, Cecil Johnson, April Thomas, and Steve Weber

Capstones from 2007

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Urban sustainability through green building, Andrea Anzalone, Virginia Sawyer, and Robert Woolsey

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The Textbook adoption process in the state of Nevada: The teacher's perspective, Dwight Bellard, Rebecca Coates, and Tamara Hicks

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Nevada's textbook adoption process: The state perspective, Mitch Bishop, Katie Bliven, and Scott Hess

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City of Las Vegas municipal court house arrest program evaluation, Karen Coyne, Michele Hornstein, and Timothy Shattler

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Nevada's textbook adoption policy: The role and influence of parents and interest groups, Brady Dehn, David Hood, Barry Michaels, and Harry Williams

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Program evaluation report for: Nevada Child Seekers, Nori Evans, Raymond Keeler, and Lisa Pletz

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City of Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department revenue policy and user fee analysis, Karla Fritchman, Jayne Harkins, and Cheryl Rodriguez

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Harry Reid Center of Environmental Studies: Quality assurance program evaluation, Michael G. Herenick, Stephanie C. Hill, Tya R. Mathis, and Greg Troutman

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Nuclear waste cooperative agreement collaborative study for the Nevada System of Higher Education, Betty Taylor, Renee Martinez, Rolanda Smith, and Emmit Lamb

Capstones from 2006

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Department of Family Services: Adoption program evaluation, Bonnie Abramson, Kristy Amasaki, Michael N. Johnson, and James Padgett

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Policy analysis of the Victim Offender Restitution Program, Veronica Damon, Marie Bostick, and LaMont McGary

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Clark County Parks and Recreation, Daniel Davis, Josh Martinez, and Steven Schyman

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Clark County outreach assistance to the chronically homeless, Sandy von Wolffradt, Kirk Medina, and Tony Vibabul

Capstones from 2003

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Cost recovery plans: Are they being used as a financial plannning tool in parks and recreation departments?, Billie M. Bastian

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Third stage E-government and county employees: A case study of the Clark County Business License Department, Benjamin B. Bond III

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A Study of community college funding, Patricia Charlton

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Vulnerability assessment and mitigation planning in Clark County, Nevada: The challenges of policy implementation in the intergovernmental arena, Angelina L. Evans

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The Economic impact of the adult dance establishments on the community, Christina Henry

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A Safety analysis of roundabouts in the Las Vegas Valley Clark County, Nevada, Michael J. Janssen

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Quality improvement: Physician providers, and the Women Health Connection Program, in the provision of breast and cervical cancer screening services in Nevada., Salome K. Kapella

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Computer aided dispatch technology: A study of the evolution and expectations of CAD and a comparative survey of CAD in the U. S. Fire Service and the Clark County Fire Department., Kenneth E. Morgan

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Is it time for UNLV to reform its classified personnel system?, John H. Mueller

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Racial profiling and mandatory data collection in Nevada: How will law enforcement respond?, Gregory M. Roehm

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A Case for choice in education, Edward Tyndall

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Nevada "nurselessness": An acute or chronic condition? An examination of the etiology and possible treatment alternatives, Jeanine Warren-Newmon

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Recruiting and selection of police officers: A case study of the Clark County School District Police Department, Anthony A. York