The Master Degree in Public Administration prepares men and women interested in public service and third sector careers for professional and management policy positions. Persons already employed or preparing to enter public service are encouraged to apply for admission. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is designed to utilize faculty resources in departments and colleges across the University and to offer students a wide choice in their professional preparation.
Curriculum below is for those that were admitted after Fall 2018
MPA students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours for the degree that includes five components:
- Core (12 credit hours)
- Required Sequential Curriculum (9 credit hours)
- Concentration (15 credit hours)
- Elective (3 credit hours)
- Professional Paper (3 credit hours) or Thesis (6 credit hours)
The following core curriculum of 12 credit hours:
- PADM 500 Public Management and Policy
- PADM 521 Institutional Development and Behavior
- PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
- PADM 544 Public Budgeting
Required Sequential Curriculum
The following required sequential curriculum of 9 credit hours:
- PADM 595 Research Methods I: Data Collection*
- PADM 596 Research Methods II: Data Analysis
- PADM 597 Program Evaluation
*Students must meet the statistics prerequisite (ex: STATS 145) before enrolling in PADM 595. PADM 595, 596, and 597 must be taken in that order.
For those that were admitted before Fall 2018, please review your curriculum linked below.
MPA Course Completion Checklist
Students must declare a concentration by the completion of 21 credit hours. A Program of Studies (POS) is due to the School of Public Administration no later than completion of 30 credit hours. The School currently offers four concentrations for persons interested in pursuing a specialized area of public administration study: Health Policy and Administration; Human Resources Management; Public Budgeting and Financial Management; and Public Management. For further information, contact the MPA Graduate Academic Advisor at email@example.com or (505) 277-1092.