Master of Public Administration Program

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 6540 Higher Education Law and Policy 3
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