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MPA Curriculum

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.

Current

Curriculum below for those that were admitted after Fall 2018
MPA Course Completion Checklist

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)
  • Elective (18 credit hours or 15 cr hours if doing a thesis)  
  • Capstone (3 credit hours) or Professional Paper (3 credit hours) or Thesis (6 credit hours)

Core

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

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: MATH 1350, formally STAT 145, or equivalent) before enrolling in PADM 596. PADM 595, 596, and 597 must be taken in that order.

Electives

Electives consist of any PADM courses outside the core, required sequential, and capstone/professional paper/thesis curriculum. If you are interested in a graduate course outside of PADM course offerings, please submit a elective substution form for approval to spadvise@unm.edu.  

Legacy

Curriculum below for those that were admitted before Fall 2018
MPA Course Completion Checklist