Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Master of Public Administration

Degree Requirements

The general emphasis MPA requirements are shown below. See all of the emphases requirements in the General Catalog.

Core Requirements - Complete All Seven Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PADM 6000 Program Overview and Theory of Public Administration 3
PADM 6200 Public Sector Economics 3
PADM 6300 Administrative Law 3
PADM 6440 Research Methods for Public Administration 3
PADM 6500 Public Human Resource Mgmt 3
PADM 6620 Critical Thinking and Ethics in the Public Sector 3
PADM 6990 Capstone in Public Administration 3

Experiential Learning (1-6 Credits)

All MPA Students must complete either a Professional Project or Thesis.  Additionally, pre-service MPA students must complete an MPA internship.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PADM 6890 Internship 3
PADM 6900 Thesis 3
PADM 6950 Professional Project 3

Elective Courses (9-12 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PADM  6550 Student Affairs in Higher Education 3
PADM 6560 American Higher Education Environments 3
PADM 6570 Student Development in College, Theory and Practice 3
PADM 6580 The History of American Higher Education 3
PADM 6600 Leadership and Management in the Public Sector 3
PADM 6610 Public Policy Analysis 3
PADM 6615 Comparative Public Policy 3
PADM 6630 State & Local Government 3
PADM 6640 Constitutional Law 3
PADM 6650 Managing America's Cities 3
PADM 6670 Public Sector Contracting 3
PADM 6750 Special Topics 3
PADM 6830 Readings & Conferences 3