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Master of Public Administration

public management concentration - mpa degree plan.

Thirteen courses (39 graduate credit hours) are required for the MPA degree. Students complete the program by first taking the beginning core courses, then taking specialization courses. As students complete their concentration courses, they complete the ending core courses.

Note: Click on a course name to view a sample syllabi, if available. Please note that these syllabi are generic and should not be considered the final syllabi for any specific term or section of this course. Contact the instructor with any questions.

Beginning Core:


Ending Core:


Required courses (6 credits)

PA 8400 Public Budgeting
PA 8410 Public Human Resources Management

Elective courses (9 credits)

PA 8110 Managing Information in the Public Sector
PA 8320 Policy Evaluation
PA 8440 Organization Development
PA 8450 Advanced Management Analysis
PA 8470 Administrative Ethics & Leadership
PA 8480 Public Finance Administration
PA 8500 Issues in Public-Private Cooperation PA 8530 Strategic Planning
PA 8550 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
PA 8566 Intergovernmental Management
PA 8600 Administrative Law
PA 8930 Negotiation Skills In General Management
PA 8896 Special Topics in Public Administration
PA 8990 Capstone Project (Students admitted Fall 2011 and beyond will complete the Capstone Project as an ending core course.)