Although the Research Report is usually taken in the summer term, it is possible to take this course in any term with permission from the Program Director. The research report is an integral part of the MPA course of study and the final program requirement. Its main objective should be to apply what has been learned in MPA courses to an analysis of: 1) some aspect of the political and administrative process within a given local government; or 2) possible responses to a particular policy problem at the local level. The report should be about 40 to 50 double-spaced typewritten pages in length, comprising about 8,000-10,000 words. Soon after completing the course on research methods, each student submits a research proposal and is assigned a research supervisor. Together, the supervisor and student work out an outline and research strategy. Students will normally present their research proposals and their preliminary findings to the seminar class "Issues in Local Government" in the final summer term of their program. Reports can be revised for final submission following presentation to the seminar. Please see the research report guidelines for details.
You should read this document if you are an MPA student who has not yet completed his/her Research Report work AND anticipates doing work for the report that requires ethics review. If you are not sure if an ethics review is required, the guide below may help you determine this. You can also consult with your paper supervisor.