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.
MPA students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours for the degree that includes five components:
The following core curriculum of 18 credit hours:
- PADM 500 Public Management and Policy
- PADM 521 Institutional Development and Behavior
- PADM 522 Program Evaluation*
- PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
- PADM 544 Public Budgeting
- PADM 596 Research Methods for Public Managers*
*Students must meet the statistics prerequisite (ex: STATS 145) before enrolling. PADM 596 is taken before PADM 522.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 277-1092.