Our M.P.A. program consists of the following three components:
- A Core Curriculum of 18 credit hours
- Your choice of one of three Concentrations, comprising 12 credit hours each
- A Practicum or Project Report, worth 6 credit hours
Our core curriculum lays the groundwork for a successful career in public administration by teaching you the essentials of the field. It is comprised of six classes which have applications in every career path an MPA opens up for you, and was selected carefully, to offer both a broad and highly-useful range of classes to meet all needs.
Our core curriculum is comprised of:
- MGT 620, Human Resource Management: The study of policies, methods, and techniques utilized in personnel management and human relations. Specific attention is given to problems of recruitment, selection, compensation, motivation, communications, training, service and benefit programs, performance evaluation, safety, discipline, business ethics, and community relations.
- MGT 672, Organizational Behavior: Basic ideas and concepts for the effective management of an organization. Major topics include motivation, communication and decision-making processes, group dynamics, leadership study, conflict management, work and organizational design, and organization development. Emphasis on organizational behavior and theory.
- PSC 533, Public Administration and Policy Development: An examination of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of policy and administration and their implications for the use of policy to shape administrative practice
- PSC 553, Governmental Budgetary Administration: Study of organization, administration, and accountability in the management of public funds, with emphasis on the political decision-making processes of budget formulation, presentation, and execution.
- PSC 604, Data Analysis: A study of quantitative methods used in empirical research with an emphasis on applied statistical analysis; writing and critiquing research reports.
- PSC 616, Public Administration Scope and Practice: Orientation to the field Public Administration, ethics, professional standards and skills. Review of foundations, theories, and scope. Study of public management heritage and current trends and issues.
Our program offers concentrations of twelve credit hours in three areas: general administration policy, non-profit management, and urban governance. The selection of a concentration allows you to tailor your education to best meet your goals and build upon the essential foundation established by our core curriculum. While the core curriculum provides the essential skills and competencies needed for a career in public administration, the concentration courses help students build towards specific goals and learning interests.
You can learn more about the menu of courses for each concentration by exploring these links:
Practicum / Project Report
To help establish our student’s skills and build real-world confidence and experience, our program requires 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, and our program director works closely with students to find a placement that best suits their needs. Students who are in the professional workforce (in service) will complete a project report analyzing public administration as practiced in their place of employment. You can learn more about our practicum experience here.
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