Master of Public Administration

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An understanding of government operations and public policy formulation is important for many managerial positions whether they are in government, non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses. The behavior of governmental agencies and the public policies they implement affect all of us.

From licensing to environmental regulations, governmental institutions make key decisions affecting society. From social services to public roads, the government authorizes, funds and delivers goods and services that are vital to the health of a community. Those who want to get ahead need to be able to influence, or at least anticipate, governmental actions. The Master of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare you for leadership roles in your organizations and communities.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Public Administration, Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Note: PADM 501 and PADM 503 should be taken the 1st or 2nd quarter in the program. All pre-service students without substantial work experience in public administration must enroll in PADM 603 for at least 5 credits.  

Required Core
PADM 501PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION RESEARCH APPROACHES5
PADM 503FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION5
PADM 507PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS5
PADM 509PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION5
PADM 511PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND LEADERSHIP5
PADM 513PUBLIC PLANNING AND BUDGETING5
PADM 515ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATION5
PADM 601MPA CAPSTONE & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT5
Required Elective Options–courses that may be taken toward include, but are not limited to the following.20
ADVANCED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PLANNING METHODS II: POPULATION AND ECONOMY
PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
NETWORKED GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR GRANTS-WRITING
INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
SPECIAL TOPICS
LABOR RELATIONS
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THROUGH FILM AND TELEVISION
PUBLIC LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS
GIS FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL ANALYSIS
EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
INDEPENDENT STUDY
THESIS RESEARCH SEMINAR
INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Total Credits60

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For more information, please contact:

Courtney Jensen, PhD

Associate Professor; MPA Director
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program