Curriculum

MPA students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours for the degree that includes five components:

  • Concentration (15 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Designing Applied Research (3 credit hours; this class is for those selecting the professional paper option)
  • Professional Paper (3 credit hours) or Thesis (6 credit hours)

Before enrolling in other Public Administration courses, each student is required to complete 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 before enrolling.

Concentrations

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 Graduate Academic Advisor at spadvise@unm.edu or (505) 277-1092.


Health Policy and Administration Concentration (15 credit hours)

Select at least three of the following courses:

  • PADM 561 Health Policy and Management
  • PADM 562 Health Governance in Global Perspective
  • PADM 563 Healthcare Finance
  • PADM 564 Healthcare Policy and Program Evaluation
  • POLS 511 Health Policy and Politics

Select up to two of the following courses:

  • PADM 551 Problems
  • PADM 555 Workshop for Interns (with approval of SPA Director)
  • PADM 570 Pro-seminar in Public Policy
  • PADM 590 Topical Seminar in Health Policy and Management
  • ECON 510 Topics in Health Economics*
  • LAW 531 Health Law
  • PH 554 Public Health Policy, Politics and Advocacy
  • PH 562 Women's Health Issues
  • PH 565 Public Health: Law Policy and Ethics
  • PH 578 Environmental Health Policy
  • PH 579 New Mexico Border Health

Human Resources Management Concentration (15 credit hours)

Select five courses; required:

  • PADM 528 Employment Dispute Resolution
  • PADM 529 Administrative Law
  • PADM 538 Non-profit Management
  • PADM 588 Practice of Negotiations
  • PADM 590 Seminar: Workplace Transformation
  • PADM 590 Seminar: Systems Design in Dispute Resolution
  • OLIT 540 Foundations of HRD and Instructional Technology
  • MGMT 663 Employment Law**
  • MGMT 506 Managing People in Organizations
  • MGMT 564 Human Resources Management Theory and Applications I**

**Prerequisite MGMT 506 Managing People in Organizations 


Public Management Concentration (15 credit hours) 

Select one course; required:

  • PADM 524 Intergovernmental Administrative Problems
  • PADM 529 Administrative Law
  • PADM 535 Comparative Public Administration

Select four courses:

  • PADM 523 Administration of State and Local Government
  • PADM 536 Social Policy and Planning
  • PADM 537 Seminar in Public Management
  • PADM 538 Nonprofit Management
  • PADM 540 Administration of State Government
  • PADM 546 Public Financial Administration
  • PADM 551 Problems
  • PADM 555 Workshop for Interns (with approval of Director)
  • PADM 561 Strategic Management of Healthcare Systems
  • PADM 570 Pro-Seminar in Public Policy
  • PADM 572 Energy Policy Seminar
  • PADM 590 Topical Seminar in Public Management


Public Budgeting and Financial Management Concentration (15 credit hours)

*Please contact Gene Henley, Director of Operations and Advisement at (505) 277-1095.