The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program that prepares students for administrative positions in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It is designed for students who have significant in-service experience as well as for students who have little or no prior work experience in public or not-for-profit organizations. Most of the MPA courses are offered in an internet-based format, enabling many students to complete their degree online.
Program Admission Requirements
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- Required Core Courses in the Major (24-27 credits)
PAD 6060 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
PAD 6101 Organizational Theory & Behavior (3)
PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3)
PAD 6327 Sem. in Program Planning & Eval. (3)
PAD 6365 Public Policy (3)
PAD 6417 Public Personnel Administration (3)
PAD 6708 Research Methods & Analysis (3)
PAD 6940 Internship (3)*
PAD 6961 Capstone Seminar (3)
*Course can be waived for students with one year or more of professional experience, as determined by the MPA Admissions Committee.
- Concentration Requirements (12 credits)
Students are required to declare a concentration upon completion of 15 credit hours toward the MPA. If no concentration is declared, the Public Leadership and Management Concentration is assigned.
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 6335 Strategic Planning (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)
- 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)
Environmental Policy and Planning Concentration
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)
PAD 6908 Independent Study (1-6)
PAD 6934 Special Topics (3)
URP 5312 Growth Management and Comp. Planning (3)
URP 5316 Land-Use Planning (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 CREDITS REQUIRED: 36-39
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.
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