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 2000

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The Rural hospital dilema: Will Nevada’s rural hospital system survive?, Nancy L. Anderson

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Impact of the American's with Disabilities Act on local government (a retrospective review of 10 years of action) specific to personnel administration, Mark A. Dascalos

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Public finance of professional athletic facilities: Case studies in stadium and arena finance, Larry Harala

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An Analysis of the socio-economic impact of casino gambling in Mesquite, Nevada, and its implications for public policy, Janice K. Herfeld

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The Legislative history of gambling, 1861 - 1915, Ben Hetfeld

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An Analysis of the socio-economic impact of casino gaming in Mesquite, Nevada, and its implications for public policy, Janice K. Hetfeld

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A Study of the training methods used by the Vehicle Maintenance Department of the Clark County School District Transportation Division, Jon J. Howard

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Coalition Formation: Governmental practices to resolve social issues, DelShanna Jones

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Remote sensing and geographic information systems for decision analysis in public resource administration: Case study in a Southwestern watershed, William G. Kepner

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Financing public infrastructure: A case study on whether development impact fees & exactions or property taxes should be used to support the financing of new public infrastructure, John P. Korkosz

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Fat, dumb, and happy. The future of DOE/NV?, Michelle E. Slichko

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Implementing corporate universities in the public sector: Evaluating Clark County’s supervisor’s organizational skills program, Karen E. Stevens

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Gated communities as public entities, Dennis W. Stransky

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An Analysis of requirements for undergraduate international students to attend U.S. universities, Gregory M. Thevenin

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Will succession planning at the Department of Energy/Nevada succeed?, James H. Winget

Capstones from 1999

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Higher education cost leads to increased education debt, Nasreen Bakhtary

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Officer involved shooting: The emotional impact and the effective coping strategies, Patrick P. Charoen

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What is Y2K and how did the University of Nevada system solve it?, Diane R. Dietrich

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The Southern Nevada strategic planning authority plan public outreach efforts in the city of Henderson, Brenda S. Fischer

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A Comparison of the establishment of the organizational structure of a citizen review board at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the city and county of Denver public safety review commission, Glenn Glover

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Do user fees violate nonmember rights?, Jerry Hartman

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A Comparative policy analysis on the effectiveness of implementing student uniforms in public school districts within the United State from 1993 through 1998, Desiree Hiestand

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Nevada's high technology crime task force, Dorinda A. Hollenbeck

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Nevada procurment laws for computer related items for public agencies, Rick Hunsaker

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A Comparison study of the San Francisco Community Board Whole Schools Conflict Resolution Project, Kimberli Huston

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Factors affecting participation in senior center programs, Betty J. Jefferson

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A Study of issues related to privatization of workers’ compensation in Nevada, Kathryn A. Mack

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Life beyond nuclear testing the Nevada Test Site, Fina Martinez-Myers

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A Case study of process servers in Clark County, Nevada in the District Attorney Criminal Division, Amy M. Meedel

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A Comparative assessment of the status, structure and process utilized by Nevada's family support and preservation consortia to achieve collaboration, Marlys A. Morton

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Probationary periods- promoting excellence or legel loophole?, Daryl R. Privott

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An Analysis of the impact of the internet as a marketing tool for economic development in municipal governments in the western region of the United States, Jacquelin Risner

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The United States federal law enforcement response to increased drug smuggling on the Southwest border, Even Rosenthal

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Public participation in Clark County, Nevada: An analysis of public participation in the land use planning process, Fred R. Turnier

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The Las Vegas Monorail, an innovative solution for public transportation problems within the resort corridor, Cam C. Walker

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Marketing the city of North Las Vegas: Marketing plan and image enhancement program, Janet Zimmerman