Dr. Marybeth Beller
Director of MPA Program
Smith Hall 740F
(304) 696-2763     
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Dr. Shawn Schulenberg
Director of Graduate Studies
Smith Hall 739A
(304) 696-2767      
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The master’s degree in Public Administration will provide graduate training in academic, research and service to prepare students for leadership positions in public service, both in the non-profit and public sectors of society. The graduate curriculum consists of a 36 semester credit hour requirement, including a core of courses required for all student and a specialty area of emphasis. The core consists of 18 semester credit hours designed to train students to lead agencies in areas of budgetary development and management; data collection and analysis; personnel training, and policy development and implementation. All students are required to complete a six credit hour practicum in their specialty area and to submit a portfolio for review at the end of the practicum.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process outlined in the Graduate Catalog or at the Graduate College Website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/how-to-apply-for-admission.

Program Description

The MPA will consist of a core curriculum to include the following:

  • 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 in the professional workforce (pre-service) to complete a six-hour practicum. This can be accomplished through agency placements for 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, then, will be composed of the following:

  • Core Curriculum: 18 hours
  • 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