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Public Administration - M.P.A. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

The M.P.A. has 9 required courses (27 credit hours) and 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) that may be customized or taken within a designated area. The core courses provide students with a broad foundation in public and nonprofit management, including the scope and history of public administration, administrative theory, ethical behavior in public management, public financial management, program evaluation, methods, personnel management and information technology management.

Three elective courses are chosen by the student in consultation with an academic advisor. Designated electives that may be selected include courses in public and nonprofit financial management, municipal management, nonprofit management, justice management, and nursing management. Elective coursework outside of the program may be developed based upon the student’s needs.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (36-39 credits)  
Course Title Credits
PADM 60371 Graduate Introduction to Public Administration 3
PADM 60375 Public Personnel Administration 3
PADM 60377 Public Budgeting and Financial Management 3
PADM 60379 Program Evaluation I 3
PADM 60381 Methods in Public Administration 3
PADM 60386 Public Sector Information Technology Management 3
PADM 60392 Internship* 3
PADM 60470 Personal Accountability in the Public Service 3
PADM 60475 Capstone Seminar 3
PADM 60574 Strategic Planning 3
Elective courses*** 9
 TOTAL 36-39**

*Pre-service students or students wishing to gain experience in a new area will also be placed in an agency for at least 300 hours of experience.
**36 credit hours for pre-service students; 39 credit hours for in-service students.
*** Approval by M.P.A. coordinator.