The Master of Public Administration is a professional degree program that attracts those interested in the workings, administration, and management of federal, state, or local government, as well as current public administrators who want to augment their professional experience. The program is designed to develop the insights and skills needed to plan and help formulate policy, and to organize, manage, and implement programs and operations. In seeking to develop these general competencies, studies discuss the political, social, economic, and legal context of public administration and offer broad-based training in management, organizational behavior, research methods, policy analysis, personnel, and budgeting.

The Master of Public Administration degree requires completion of twelve (12) courses for thirty-six (36) credits. The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements in this degree program.

A baccalaureate degree will qualify applicants to enter this program. Whether gained by undergraduate study or workplace experience, a familiarity with business statistics and introductory calculus is required.

Program Prerequisites

A baccalaureate degree in any discipline will qualify a student to enter this program. Although individuals from diverse educational backgrounds bring unique combinations of leadership potential, professional experience, and personal perspective, those entering this program are required to demonstrate a common set of skills necessary for success. As part of the admissions process, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Microeconomics
  • College-level mathematics

These prerequisites can be satisfied in two ways:

1. Completed courses (at least one undergraduate course in each discipline) with a grade of “C” or better.
2. A minimum score of 50 on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests in each subject area.

Program Objectives

  • Develop analytical and critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to real world problems.
  • Obtain a thorough knowledge of management skills specifically needed to develop a proactive, ethical approach to organizational management of a government agency.
  • Gain knowledge of advanced theory and applications of public administration practice including studies in political, social, economic, and legal context of public administration.
  • Perform critical analysis of public administration-oriented research and research design.

The Master of Public Administration degree program consists of twelve courses (36

MPA Foundation Courses Three courses (9 credits)
MPA Core Courses Nine courses (27 credits)

MPA Recommended Degree Plan

Master of Public Administration

Term Course No. Course Name Credits
1 GM500 MPA Foundations 3
GM675 Public Policy Analysis 3
MG641 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3
2 MG641 MBA Foundations 3
GM551 Rights of the Individual 3
GM552 Management Information Systems 3
3 GM595 Powers of Government 3
GM625 Research Methods for Public Administrators 3
GM631 Public Sector Economics 3
4 GM651 Public Human Resources 3
GM667 Public Budgeting 3
GM675 Comparative Public Administration 3
 Total Credits Required for Master’s Degree: 36