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 501Introduction to Public Admin3
PA 502Organizational Behavior3
PA 522Human Resource Management3
PA 532Public Financial Management3
PA 568Strat Comp in the Public Sect3
PA 580Policy Evaluation Analytics3
PA 581Policy Design Analytics3
PA 599Practicum3
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 & the Nonprofit Sector3
Adv Financial Managment3
Resource Dev in the Nonprofit3
Alternative Dispute Resolution3
Perf Meas Nonprofit/Pub Mgmt3
Public Pol/Nonprofits/Phlnthrp3
The Nonprofit Sector3
Nonprofits and the Public Sctr3
Social Capital & the Community3
Ethics & Prof Responsibility3
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.

Required Courses (9)
Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
Administration Law3
Strategy & Structure: Homeland3
Crisis Mgmt/Homeland Security3
Info Syst Security/Cyber Crime3
Local Government Mgmt3
Alternative Dispute Resolution3
Perf Meas Nonprofit/Pub Mgmt3
Public Safety Administration3
Public Mgmt Strat 21st Century3
Ethics & Prof Responsibility3
Incident Rspnse Disaster Rcvry3
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
Adv Financial Managment3
Local Government Mgmt3
Social Entrepreneurship3
Public Infrastructure Mgmt3
Intro to Urban & Regional Plan3
Public Mgmt Strat 21st Century3
Urban and Regional Dev3
Political Economy3
Social Capital & the Community3
Plan,Policy Making&Bult Envir3
Ethics & Prof Responsibility3
Total Credit Hours9