MPA Course of Study
All MPA degree students must complete 42 semester hours of course work earning no grade below C (C- is not acceptable). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is needed to earn the MPA degree. All MPA students must complete the following 30-hour core curriculum.
Part-time MPA students take 1 or 2 courses a semester and those who are full-time students take 3 courses a semester. For the most recent cohort, 94% of full-time and part-time MPA students graduated in 4 years or less.
|Curriculum Area and Core Courses|
|Introduction to Public Administration*||PAD 6053*|
|Public Organization Theory|
|Organizations and Administrative Behavior OR||PAD 6106|
|Organizational Change & Public Management||PAD 6152|
|Public Financial Management|
|Seminar in Public Budgeting Techniques OR||PAD 6227|
|Seminar in Public Financial Administration||PAD 6207|
|Seminar in Public Personnel Administration OR||PAD 6417|
|Labor Relations in Government||PAD 6427|
|Public Administration and Public Policy OR||PAD 6036|
|Seminar in Administrative Policy Making||PAD 6035|
|Applied Methods I**||PAD 6701**|
|Applied Methods II*** OR||PAD 6706***|
|Program Review and Analysis***||PAD 6327***|
|Law and Procedures|
|Administrative Law and Procedures OR||PAD 6605|
|Ethics and Democratic Values|
|Administrative Ethics OR||PAD 6436|
|Democratic Values and Public Administration||PAD 6042|
|Capstone Seminar in Public Administration****||PAD 6139****|
*This course must be taken within the first 12 semester hours of the student’s program.
** Undergraduate statistics is a prerequisite for Applied Methods 1.
*** Applied Methods 1 is the prerequisite for Applied Methods 2 and Program Review and Analysis.
**** The capstone course can be taken only by students who have been accepted into the MPA program. The course must be taken during the last semester of the student’s program, unless otherwise approved by the MPA coordinator and the capstone instructor.
The remaining 12 hours are electives. As part of the 12 hours, students who don’t have any public sector experience must complete a one-semester, 20-hour-per-week internship, while registered for the accompanying Government Internship course, PAD 6941.
|Sample of Public Administration Elective Courses|
|Managerial Leadership in State and Local Government||PAD 6063|
|Images of Pub Administration||PAD 6065|
|Decision Making in the Public Sector||PAD 6135|
|Financial Environment of Public Sector||PAD 6230|
|Strategic Planning in Public Sector||PAD 6333|
|Seminar in Policy Implementation||PAD 6365|
|Public Policy Process||PAD 6385|
|Survey Research in Public Sector||PAD 6727|
|Local Government Administration||PAD 6807|
|Intergovernmental Administration||PAD 6826|
For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Leslie Leip (Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org)
For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.