The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is designed to provide widely varied educational opportunities in the fields of public and not-for-profit management. Graduate study opportunities are available for those currently employed as well as for recent graduates seeking a career in the public service. Both full-time and part-time study programs are available on a degree and non-degree basis.
Students are encouraged to become aware of the public service environment, the values that guide public service and the critical and analytical skills necessary to formulate, implement and evaluate public service decisions.
Program faculty, all of whom hold doctoral degrees and have public service management experience, have been selected from the several academic areas most pertinent to public sector applications. Adjunct faculty is highly trained, qualified and experienced academics and practitioners.
The MPA Program is accredited by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards.
What are the degree options?
The College of Business and Public Administration offers the following Public Administration degrees:
- Master of Public Administration
- Advanced Standing Masters of Public Administration
- Master of Public Administration with Health Service Administration Specialization
- Public Management Development Certificates Program
- Dual Masters degrees include:
- Master of Public Administration/Master of Business Administration
- Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work
- Master of Public Administration/Master of Urban and Regional Planning
What can I do with my degree?
Our graduates go into a wide variety of careers. A survey of graduates from the 2012-2014 academic year found that 52% of our graduates went to work (or continued working) at some level of government: 3.4% national or central government; 28% state, provincial, or regional (including state universities); 17% city, county or other local government; 3.4% foreign government. 14% went into the non-profit sector, while 28% went into the private sector. Just 7% are still seeking employment.
The majority of students in the MPA program are in-service students. As such, according to the most recent alumni survey, 38% continued in the jobs held before enrollment. 8% obtained a job before graduation, while 8% were employed within 3 months. 15% were employed within 4-6 months of graduation and another 15% within 7-12 months. Only 8% have not obtained a job since graduating.
How long does it take to graduate?
This depends on whether one is a full-time or part-time student. 20-25% of our students complete the program within 18 months and 50% graduate within 36 months. Some students require more time, for one is allowed to take up to 6 years to complete the program.
Core Courses (40 Credits)
- PADM 500 Personal Assessment (1)
- PADM 501 Public Administration Research Approaches (4)
- PADM 503 Concepts and Values of Public Service (4)
- PADM 505 Public Policy Cycles (4)
- PADM 507 Public Policy Analysis (4)
- PADM 509 Public Personnel Management (4)
- PADM 511 Public Sector Organization Theory and Dynamics (4)
- PADM 513 Public Planning and Budgeting (4)
- PADM 515 Administrative Law and Regulation (4)
- PADM 517 Professional Employment (1)
- PADM 519 Public Service Learning Field Experience (2)
- PADM 601 MPA Capstone
- PADM 602 MPA Portfolio (2)
MPA Elective Courses (Select 20 Credits)
Courses that may be taken toward those 20 credits include, but are not limited to the following:
- PADM 523 Public Financial Management (4)
- PADM 525 Public Sector Grants-Writing and Administration (4)
- PADM 527 Capital Finance and Bonds (2)
- PADM 531 Intergovernmental Relations (4)
- PADM 533 City Government Administration (4)
- PADM 539 Special Topics (1-5)
- PADM 543 Labor Relations (2)
- PADM 545 Collective Bargaining (2)
- PADM 547 Hiring Right (2)
- PADM 551 Comparative Public Administration (4)
- PADM 553 The Constitution and Public Administration (2)
- PADM 555 The Political Executive (4)
- PADM 561 Public Administration Through Film and Television (2)
- PADM 563 Public Sector Ethics (4)
- PADM 596 Experimental Course (1-4)
- PADM 599 Directed/Independent Study (1-4)
- PADM 600 Thesis Research Seminar (2-8)
- PADM 603 Internships in Public Administration (2-8)
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