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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree provides professional education for students interested in public-service careers. Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the interdisciplinary program is designed to stress the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors essential to the successful public servant. Some flexibility in curriculum is permitted to meet the diverse educational needs of pre-service and in-career students, changing-career students, and students in different career specialties in public administration. The curriculum components are designed to produce professionals capable of intelligent and creative analysis, communication, and action in the public sector context.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. A two-to-three page double-spaced statement of purpose that addresses educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing an MPA degree.
  4. Three academic or professional letters of recommendation. At least one academic letter of recommendation is preferred.
  5. For international students, a score of 550 on the TOEFL and an in-person or telephone interview.

Degree Requirements 

Completion of at least 36 semester hours of core coursework consisting of the following:

  1. At least 18 hours of courses including PAD 5302PAD 5310 , PAD 5311PAD 5351PAD 5365, and your choice of one from PAD 5350PAD 5352, or PAD 5353 (detailed in the degree plan). Selected MBA core courses may be substituted for MPA core courses, depending on course offerings by each program. Advance approval by the MPA coordinator is required for substitution.
  2. Completion of an additional 18 hours of approved courses, which can be in the following areas of concentration: Homeland Security, Leadership, Nonprofit Administration, Public Policy and Management, and Urban and Regional Planning. No more than 6 hours of electives can be at the undergraduate level in courses approved for graduate-level credit.
  3. The final program requirement is the completion of one of the following: the capstone course, PAD 5367 Comprehen Integration/Pub Adm (3 semester credit hours), or a thesis (six semester credit hours). The final program requirement is not included in either the 18 hours of core requirements, but is included in the 18 hours of courses in the area of concentration.
  4. Three semester credit hours of PAD 5366 Internship in Public Admin, are required as part of the 15 hours of courses in the area of concentration, for students who do not possess significant administrative experience.

Degree Plan

Core for the MPA Degree (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
PAD 5302The Public Adm Profession3
PAD 5310Pub. Policy Process & Institut3
PAD 5311Econ Anal for Public Admin3
PAD 5351Applied Stats for Public Admin3
PAD 5365Pol Anal & Decision Making3
Elective:
Select one from the following:3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
Thesis Option:
PAD 5398Thesis3
PAD 5399Thesis3
Capstone Option:
PAD 5367Comprehen Integration/Pub Adm3
Concentration
Select one concentration9-12
Total Hours36

Concentrations

Homeland Security

Homeland Security (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Concentration Requirement:
INSS 53023
or PAD 5340 Pro-Seminar-Homeland Security
Electives:
Thesis Option: Select two courses from the list below6
Capstone Option:Select three courses from the list below9
INSS 5303Legal Issues/Intel & Nat Sec3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
PAD 5301Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm3
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
PAD 5340Pro-Seminar-Homeland Security3
PAD 5342Risk Analysis3
PAD 5343Crime and Border Security3
PAD 5344Emergency Management3
PAD 5346Public Hlth & Hmland Security3
PAD 5347Critical Infrastructure Protec3
PAD 5363Intergovernmental Relations3
Total Hours9-12
1

PAD 5340 Pro-Seminar-Homeland Security, PAD 5350 Public and Nonprofit Manage., PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above. 

Leadership

Leadership (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Electives:
Thesis Option: Select three courses from the list below9
Capstone Option: Select four courses from the list below12
MLS 5300Contemp Concepts of Leadership3
PAD 5301Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
PAD 5358Admin. Ethics & Responsibility3
PAD 5364Pub Part & Democratic Process3
COMM 5337Sem./Organizational Comm.3
MLS 5321Leadership in Complex Org.3
MLS 5331Leadership Communications3
Total Hours9-12
1

PAD 5350 Public and Nonprofit Manage., PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.

Nonprofit Administration and Governance

Concentration in Nonprofit Administration and Governance (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Concentration Requirements:
PAD 5356Soc Entrepren & Not/Prof Mgmt3
Electives:
Thesis Option: Select two courses from the list below6
Capstone Option: Select three courses from the list below 9
PAD 5348Innovation and Problem Solving3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
PAD 5354Admin Law and Regulation3
PAD 5358Admin. Ethics & Responsibility3
PAD 5363Intergovernmental Relations3
PAD 5380Selected Problems in Pub Adm3
PAD 5381Pub & Nonprofit Program Eval3
Total Hours 9-12
1

PAD 5350 Public and Nonprofit Manage. , PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt , PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.

Public Policy Management

Public Policy & Management (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Electives:
Thesis Option: Select three courses from the list below9
Capstone Option: Select four courses from the list below12
PAD 5301Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm3
PAD 5348Innovation and Problem Solving3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
PAD 5354Admin Law and Regulation3
PAD 5356Soc Entrepren & Not/Prof Mgmt3
PAD 5358Admin. Ethics & Responsibility3
PAD 5360Urban Administration3
PAD 5363Intergovernmental Relations3
PAD 5364Pub Part & Democratic Process3
PAD 5380Selected Problems in Pub Adm3
PAD 5381Pub & Nonprofit Program Eval3
PAD 5359Regional and Urban Planning3
Total Hours9-12
1

PAD 5350 Public and Nonprofit Manage., PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.

Urban & Regional Planning

Urban & Regional Planning (All courses require a grade of a C or better)
Electives:
Thesis Option: Select three courses from the list below9
Capstone Option: Select four courses from the list below12
Policy and Administration:
PAD 5301Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm3
PAD 5359Regional and Urban Planning3
PAD 5360Urban Administration3
PAD 5363Intergovernmental Relations3
PAD 5364Pub Part & Democratic Process3
PAD 5380Selected Problems in Pub Adm3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
1

PAD 5350 Public and Nonprofit Manage., PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.