Master in Public Administration - MPA

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree provides professional education for students interested in public service careers. Accredited by the National Association 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.
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Basic Requirement for Admission to the MPA Program

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 3-5 page 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.

Specific Requirements for the MPA Degree

Completion of at least 36 semester hours of course work consisting of the following:
1.  At least 21 hours of courses including PAD 5302, PAD 5300, PAD 5310, PAD 5311, PAD 5351, PAD 5365, and your choice of one from PAD 5350, PAD 5352, or PAD 5353 (detailed in the degree plan).
2.  Completion of an additional 15 hours of approved courses, which can be in the following areas of concentration: Homeland Security, Public Policy and Management, Leadership, 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 (Comprehensive Integration of Public Administration (3 semester credit hours) or a thesis (six semester credit hours). The final program requirement is not included in either the 21 hours of core requirements, but is included in the 15 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.

Master in Public Administration Program Concentrations

Each concentration consists of four courses (12 credit hours) in the area of study. Three semester hours of PAD 5366 Internship in Public Administration is substituted for one of the elective courses in the concentration for students without appropriate professional experience.

 

  • A. Public Policy and Management
    Students choosing the Public Policy and Management concentration must complete four of the following courses.
    • PAD 5301 Qualitative Methods in Public Administration
    • PAD 5348 Innovation and Problem Solving
    • PAD 5354 Administrative Law and Regulation
    • PAD 5356 Social Entrepreneurship and Not-For-Profit Management
    • PAD 5358 Administrative Ethics and Responsibility
    • PAD 5360 Urban Administration
    • PAD 5363 Intergovernmental Relations
    • PAD 5364 Public Participation and Democratic Process
    • PAD 5380 Selected Problems in Public Administration
  • B. Leadership
    Students selecting the Leadership concentration must complete four of the following courses:
    • PAD 5348 Innovation and Problem Solving
    • PAD 5358 Administrative Ethics and Responsibility
    • PAD 5364 Public Participation and Democratic Process
    • PAD 5380 Selected Problems in Public Administration
    • MLS 5300 Contemporary Concepts of Leadership
    • MLS 5321 Leadership in Complex Organizations
    • MLS 5326 Leadership of Organizational Change
    • MLS 5331 Leadership Communications
  • C. Urban and Regional Planning
    Students selecting the Urban and Regional Planning concentration must complete four of the following courses:
    • PAD 5359 Regional and Urban Planning
    • PAD 5360 Urban Administration
    • PAD 5363 Intergovernmental Relations
    • PAD 5364 Public Participation and Democratic Process
    • PAD 5380 Selected Problems in Public Administration
  • D. Homeland Security
    This concentration requires at least one of the following two courses.
    • PAD 5340 Professional Seminar in Homeland Security
    • INSS 5302 Professional Seminar in Intelligence and National Security
    Take at least three electives from the following (or two if both PAD 5340 and INSS 5302 are taken):
    • INSS 5303 Legal Issues in Intelligence and National Security
    • PAD 5342 Risk Analysis
    • PAD 5343 Crime and Border Security
    • PAD 5344 Emergency Management
    • PAD 5346 Public Health Issues and Homeland Security
    • PAD 5347 Critical Infrastructure Protection
    • PAD 5363 Intergovernmental Relations
    • PAD 5380 Selected Problems in Public Administration