Program Description

The MPA will consist of a core curriculum which includes:

  • MGT 620, Human Resource Management
  • MGT 672, Organizational Behavior
  • PSC 533, Public Administration and Policy Development
  • PSC 553, Governmental Budgetary Administration
  • PSC 604, Data Analysis
  • PSC 616, Public Administration Scope and Practice

The program will require students who are not yet in the professional workforce (pre-service) to complete a six-hour practicum. This can be accomplished through agency placements or internships.

Students who are in the professional workforce (in service) will complete a project report analyzing public administration as practiced in their place of employment.

The program will offer concentrations of twelve credit hours in general administration policy, non-profit management, and urban governance.

The M.P.A. program consists of:

Core Curriculum: 18 hours
General Administration Policy or Concentration: 12 hours
Practicum or Project Report: 6 hours
TOTAL: 36 hours

Concentrations/Menu of Courses

General Administration Policy

  • ACC 510, Survey of Accounting
  • ECN 550, Public Finance
  • FIN 554, Insurance Planning and Risk Management
  • LS 532, Human Relations in the Public Sector
  • LS 615, Leadership in the Public Sector
  • LS 645, Community Relations in the Public Sector
  • MGT 680, Entrepreneurship
  • PSC 550, Administrative Law
  • PSC 552, Public Personnel Administration
  • PSC 618, Seminar in Public Administration
  • PSC 660, Seminar in Policy Administration
  • PSY 518, Personnel Psychology
  • PSY 520, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • SOC 523, Sociology of Class, Power and Conflict
  • SOC 533, Sociology of Work

Non-Profit Management

  • ECN 550, Public Finance
  • FIN 554, Insurance Planning and Risk Management
  • GEO 511, Medical Geography
  • GEO 516, Environmental Issues in Planning (GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • LS 532, Human Relations in the Public Sector
  • LS 615, Leadership in the Public Sector
  • LS 645, Community Relations in the Public Sector
  • PSC 542, Politics and Welfare
  • PSC 561, Urban Problems and Public Policy
  • PSC 660, Seminar in Policy Administration
  • PSY 520, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • SOC 501, Population and Human Ecology
  • SOC 523, Social Class, Power and Conflict
  • SOC 525, Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 528, Medical Sociology
  • SOC 640 Problems and Prospects for an Aging Society

Urban Governance

  • ECN 515, Regional Economics
  • ECN 560, Economic Development
  • FIN 554, Urban Insurance Planning and Risk Management
  • GEO 510, Urban Geography
  • GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning
  • GEO 515, Urban Land Use Planning (GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 516, Environmental Issues in Planning (GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 526, Principles of GIS
  • GEO 529, Intermediate GIS – Vector Analysis (GEO 526, Principles of GIS, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 530, Intermediate GIS – Raster Analysis (GEO 526, Principles of GIS, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 531, Principles of Remote Sensing and Programming
  • LS 615, Leadership in the Public Sector
  • LS 645, Community Relations in the Public Sector
  • PSC 561, Urban Problems and Public Policy
  • PSC 621, Urban Administration
  • PSY 520, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • SOC 501, Population and Human Ecology
  • SOC 523, Social Class, Power and Conflict
  • SOC 533, Sociology of Work
  • SOC 542, Urban Sociology