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Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Program Requirements for 2013-2014 Catalog Year

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  1. Required Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)

    • PAD 6060 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
    • PAD 6101 Organizational Theory & Behavior (3)
    • PAD 6207 Public Budgeting (3)
    • PAD 6327 Sem. in Program Planning & Eval. (3)
    • PAD 6365 Public Policy (3)
    • PAD 6417 Public Personnel Administration (3)
    • PAD 6701 Data Analysis in Public Service (3)
    • PAD 6708 Research Appl. in Public Admin. (3)
    • PAD 6961 Capstone Seminar (3)

  2. Elective Course in the Major* (3 hrs)

    Choose from the following courses offered by the Department of Public Affairs:
    • PAD 5255 Community /Economic Development (3)
    • PAD 5041 Administrative Ethics (3)
    • PAD 5142 Mgmt. of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    • PAD 5356 Environmental Policy & Ethics (3)
    • PAD 5620 Environmental Law (3)
    • PAD 5933 Proposal Writing & Grant Admin. (3)
    • PAD 6136 Public Mgmt in a Political Environment (3)
    • PAD 6205 Public Finance (3)
    • PAD 6434 Administrative Leadership (3)
    • PAD 6605 Administrative Law (3)
    • PAD 6812 State & Local Politics & Admin. (3)
    • PAD 6826 Intergovernmental Administration (3)
    • PAD 6836 Comparative Public Administration (3)
    • PAD 6908 Independent Study (1-6)
    • PAD 6934 Special Topics (3)
    • PAD 6940 Internship* (3)
    • URP 5201 Methods of Planning Analysis (3)
    • URP 5312 Growth Mgmt & Comp. Planning (3)
    • URP 5316 Land-Use Planning (3)

    Or select from the following courses offered by the Lutgert College of Business:
    • ISM 6021 Management Information Systems (3)
    • MAN 6305 Human Resource Management (3)
    • MAN 6448 Conflict Management (3)
    • MAR 6815 Marketing Management (3)

    *Students with less than one year of professional experience, as determined by the MPA Admissions Committee, must complete PAD 6940 Internship.


  3. Concentration Requirements (12 hrs)
    Students are required to declare a concentration upon completion of 15 credit hours toward the MPA. If no concentration is declared, the General Public Administration Concentration is assigned.

    1. Public Leadership and Management Concentration

      Select 12 hours from the following Department of Public Affairs Courses:
      • PAD 5041 Administrative Ethics (3)
      • PAD 5142 Mgmt. of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
      • PAD 5933 Proposal Writing & Grant Admin. (3)
      • PAD 6136 Public Mgmt in a Political Environment (3)
      • PAD 6205 Public Finance (3)
      • PAD 6434 Administrative Leadership (3)
      • PAD 6605 Administrative Law (3)
      • PAD 6812 State & Local Politics & Admin. (3)
      • PAD 6826 Intergovernmental Administration (3)
      • PAD 6836 Comparative Public Administration (3)
      • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning (3)

      Or select from the following courses offered by the Lutgert College of Business:
      • MAN 6266 The Challenge of Leadership (3)
      • MAN 6607 Global Organization Issues (3)

    2. Environmental Policy and Planning Concentration

      Required Courses:
      • PAD 5620 Environmental Law (3)

      Select 9 hours from the following:
      • EVS 6937 Environmental Policy (3)
      • PAD 5356 Environmental Policy & Ethics (3)
      • URP 5201 Methods of Planning Analysis (3)
      • PAD 5255 Community/Economic Development (3)
      • URP 5312 Growth Management and Comp. Planning (3)
      • URP 5316 Land-Use Planning (3)
      • URP 6421 Environmental Planning (3)

    3. Note: Courses outside of the Department of Public Affairs may be substituted in some areas, on a case-by-case basis, with approval of the student’s MPA faculty advisor.
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 42 HRS

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for all coursework in the MPA program.
  • Minimum grade of "B-" for each course used to satisfy requirements for MPA core courses.