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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program is designed to prepare graduate students for careers as public managers, planning specialists and policy analysts in governmental, as well as nonprofit and labor organizations. It also provides mid-career employees an opportunity to enhance, improve and acquire new concepts and perspectives for advancement to their careers.

In addition to the required core courses, students choose one of the following areas of emphasis: Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Procurement and Public Contracting.

General Requirements for Admission:

  • A baccalaureate degree conferred by an accredited institution
  • A minimum of 2.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 500 word typed personal statement describing objectives and career aspirations
  • Scores from a recent (5 years or less) Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Provisional admissions may be granted to applicants who do not meet the standard admissions requirements based on academic or professional experience.

International students, particularly from non-English speaking countries, must demonstrate sufficient English skills by taking and submitting scores from the IELTS or TOEFL tests as part of their application. The minimum TOEFL score for admission into the program is 79 for the internet-based test.

Transfer Credit:

A maximum of nine semester credits may be granted for courses completed satisfactorily within the prior five years with grades of "B" or better at an accredited college or university. Transfer credits cannot be a part of a previously earned degree.

Program Description:

The MPA is earned after the completion of a program consisting of 39 semester credits. Twenty one credits are devoted to the core, which must be taken by all students. Twelve credits are taken in the selected area of emphasis and six credits are required for one capstone project or thesis or  2 electives. The course of study can be completed by full-time students in four regular semesters.

Core Courses: Required of all MPA candidates

PMGT
503
Public and Nonprofit Management I
3
PMGT
514
Management of Government Organizations
3
PMGT
512
Political Economy of Public Administration
3
PMGT
519
Public Policy Development and Implementation
3
PMGT
509
Public Management Research
3
PMGT
529
Public Finance and the Budgetary Process
3
LBST508Quantitative Methods for Public Administration3
  Total Core21

Capstone/Thesis or Elective Courses

PMGT
539
Capstone Project in Concentration
of choice or thesis or 2 electives
6

 

Area of Emphasis: One area of emphasis should be selected from the following list The requirements for each area appear below.

Public Management:

PMGT
507
Intergovernmental Relations
3
PMGT
506
Government and Business Relations
3
PMGT
504
Advanced Public Personnel Management
3
PMGT
508
Organizational Development and Behavior
3
  
Total
12

Nonprofit Management (Select 4 courses for a concentration)

NPMG
530
The Nonprofit Sector
3
NPMG
532
Governance and Executive Leadership
3
NPMG
534
Strategic Revenue Development
3
NPMG
539
Public Policy, Advocacy and Social Change
3
NPMG
535
Volunteer Management as a Human Resource
3
  
Total
12

Procurement & Public Contracting (Select 4 courses for a concentration) 

PAPC
540
Contract Administration
3
PAPC
542
Contract Source Selection, Pricing and Negotiation
3
PAPC
544
Government Contract Performance
3
PAPC
546
Green Contracting in the Government
3
PAPC
548
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Government Contracting
3
  
Total
12