Master of Public Administration

Curriculum

The M.P.A. degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (11 courses) of graduate work, including eight core courses.

Required Courses (24)
PA 501Essentials for Public Management in a Complex Society: Processes, Structures, and Values3
PA 502Leading and Managing Knowledge-Intensive Organizations3
PA 522Effective Management of Human Resources in Environments of Scarce Resources3
PA 532Managing Public Financial Resources in a Changing World3
PA 568Strategic Competitiveness in the Public Sector3
PA 580Policy Evaluation Analytics3
PA 581Policy Design Analytics3
PA 599Integrative Practicum for Effective Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations3
Elective Courses (9)
Select nine credit hours. Students may select courses to fulfill a desired specialization. See Specializations tab on this page for more details.9
Total Credit Hours33

Elective courses may be selected from courses in public administration or other fields such as architecture, business, city and regional planning, civil engineering, computer science, design, environmental engineering, humanities, psychology, social sciences, or law. Taking a course outside the M.P.A. program requires the permission of the student’s adviser and the M.P.A. program director. No more than six credit hours may be taken in university courses numbered between 400 and 499. A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate-level coursework may be transferred from another accredited university if these have not been used toward a degree and upon approval of the student’s adviser and the M.P.A. program director.

M.P.A. with Nonprofit and Mission-Driven Management Specialization

This specialization is designed for professionals who want to become leaders and managers of nonprofit and other mission driven enterprises. It provides students with the skills needed to enter the nonprofit field, advance their current nonprofit career, or become a nonprofit or mission-driven enterprise entrepreneur. Students take the regular M.P.A. core curriculum and three electives from the nonprofit courses offered in the program. This program combines rigorous instruction with a practical orientation toward mission-driven organizational management.

Required Courses (9)
Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
The Law and the Nonprofit Sector3
Advanced Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Sectors3
Resource Development in the Nonprofit Sector3
Alternative Dispute Resolution3
Performance Measurement in Nonprofit and Public Management3
Public Policy, Nonprofits, and Philanthropy3
The Nonprofit Sector3
Nonprofits and the Public Sector3
Social Capital and the Community3
Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Public Service3
Total Credit Hours9

M.P.A. with Security, Safety, and Risk Management Specialization

The Security, Safety, and Risk Management specialization is intended for professionals who want to acquire cutting edge security strategies and leadership techniques to successfully manage public safety and public or private sector emergency preparedness programs. Students take the regular M.P.A. core curriculum and three electives from the security, safety, and risk management courses offered in the program. This program combines rigorous instruction with a practical orientation.

Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
Administration Law3
Strategy and Structure: Homeland Security3
Crisis Management and Homeland Security3
Information Systems Security and Cyber Crime3
Local Government Management3
Alternative Dispute Resolution3
Performance Measurement in Nonprofit and Public Management3
Public Safety Administration3
Public Management Strategies for the 21st Century3
Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Public Service3
Incident Response, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity3
Total Credit Hours9

M.P.A. with Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship Specialization

The specialization in Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship is designed for professionals who want to become economic development leaders of social entrepreneurs. They will become managers and entrepreneurs who drive socially responsible economic change in a rapidly changing global environment. These professionals may work in the public sector specializing in developing cutting edge economic development strategies and programs at the local, state, or federal level or they may want to be mission-driven entrepreneurs who organize, manage, or create ventures that utilize social capital to foster local or regional economic development. Students take the regular M.P.A. core curriculum and three electives from the economic development and social entrepreneurship courses offered in the program.

Required Courses (9)
Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
Advanced Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Sectors3
Local Government Management3
Social Entrepreneurship3
Public Infrastructure Management3
Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning3
Public Management Strategies for the 21st Century3
Urban and Regional Development3
Political Economy3
Social Capital and the Community3
Planning, Policy-Making, and the Built Environment3
Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Public Service3
Total Credit Hours9