Public Administration, MPA

36 credit hours

This degree is offered online.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is offered online. All required and elective courses are available online, although they may not be offered every graduate session. Students and prospective students will work with an advisor who will help plan a schedule regarding courses, given the schedule of offerings.

The MPA is a professional graduate program that prepares individuals to serve as managers in local, state, and federal/national government. The MPA is also useful if a student is interested in employment with an international organization or agency. Working in the public sector often requires skills that cannot be confined to a single discipline: the public sector and the private sector cross paths, and public officials need the skills of both to function effectively. Public administration is a blending of business administration, human services, and additional core topics covered in the required public administration courses and the MPA degree program is designed to educate students in the applications of inter-disciplinary skills needed in government operations. 

Admission to the MPA program requires students to meet the university graduate admissions requirements. Students must complete an online application, official transcripts showing a completed bachelor’s degree and any coursework completed since completing their bachelor’s degree and submit a current resume, letter of intent. Students may also be required to submit three letters of recommendation through the schools submission portal if their undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0. The admissions file will then be reviewed by the director of university admissions and MPA faculty.

Requirements

Major Coursework

21 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

MPA 52000Public Administration: Principles, Applications and Ethics

3

MPA 53000Program-Implementation and Evaluation

3

MPA 54000Governmental Budgeting

3

MPA 55000Economic Analysis for Policy Makers

3

MPA 56000Public Finance and Taxation

3

MPA 57000Business-Government Environment

3

MPA 60000Capstone Course in Public Administration

3

Research Design Coursework

3 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

MPA 53500Policy Design and Analysis

3

MPA 53700Data Collection and Evaluation

3

Budgeting and Finance Coursework

3 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

MPA 54500Policy and Budgetary Forecasting

3

MPA 56500State and Local Public Finance, Taxation and Auditing

3

Accountability in Public Administration Coursework

3 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

MPA 52500Government Institutions: Performance and Accountability

3

MPA 57500Legal Issues in Public Administration

3

Elective Coursework

6 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

ACCT 51010Financial Accounting Concepts

3

ACCT 51011Managerial Accounting

3

ECON 53081Economics Concepts

3

HRM 56510Strategic Human Resource Management

3

HRM 56545Employment and Labor Law

3

MGMT 56001Information Technology for Managers

3

MGMT 56020Organizational Communications

3

MGMT 56030Management Practices

3

MGMT 56035Organizational Behavior

3

MGMT 56037Organizational Change and Development

3

MGMT 56056Leadership Theory

3

MGMT 56057Leadership Strategies

3

MGMT 56070Statistics and Quantitative Analysis

3

MPA 59000-59999Special Topics in Public Administration

3

NPA 50010Fundraising and Revenue Generation

3

NPA 50300Human Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations

3

NPA 52000Program and Organizational Evaluation

3

NPA 55000Management of Nonprofit Organizations

3

NPA 56010Leadership Trends and Issues in Nonprofit Organizations

3

NPA 57000Organizational Behavior for Nonprofit Organizations

3

NPA 57110Grantwriting and Proposal Preparation

3

NPA 58000Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management

3

NPA 58100Strategic Planning & Performance Measurement for Nonprofit Management

3

NPA 58500Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

3

Note: Some elective options may have prerequisites that are not included in the list.