MA - Public Administration Degree Requirements

MPA Courses

  • MPA 500 - Intro to Public Administration
    Credit Hours: 3

    An introductory survey to the field of public administration, especially historical, political, and organizational approaches to ethical and reflective professional practice.
  • MPA 503 - Research Methods & Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduction to research design and methods as well askarla_the basic techniques of statistical analysis. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of existing research and the applications of original design and methods to decision making in public policy and administration.
  • MPA 508 - Public, Law, Policy & Reg Env
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the legal foundation and environment of public administration in the United States. It will emphasize how the Constitution affects the administrative state as well as how the federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, share the administrative process. It will also explore how constitutional and administrative law influence the decision making of civil servants.
  • MPA 510 - Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1

    This course provides students with actual experiences, through projects and practical activities, in the practice of public administration in a professional setting. Students will work with practicing administrators in public/non-profit agencies under the direction of a workplace supervisor. This practicum will requires students to work at least 50 hours and demonstrate an ability to apply the concepts and skills learned in the class work to a professional setting through artifacts ties to MPA 503 and 508.
  • MPA 512 - Pub, Bdg, Finance, & Proj Mgmt
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the processes of debating and financial management in the public sector. This includes the characteristics of the budgetary process and financial management in the U.S., the major revenue systems and forecasting, capital budgeting, debt management, and fiscal analysis. In addition, it will examine the concepts and techniques of project management as it is used in public administration.
  • MPA 514 - HR and Leadership Devl Pub Sec
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the historical, normative, and practical development of the fields of human resources management in the Public sector. Students will examine the characteristics of government personnel systems and the processes and best practices used in managing human capital. Unique aspects of labor relations in the public sector are considered along with state and federal regulations guiding the public employer. Special attention will be paid to processes of identifying and developing future organizational leaders.
  • MPA 516 - Practicum II
    Credit Hours: 1

    This course provides students with actual experiences, through projects and practical activities, in the practice of fiscal project, and/or human resources management in a professional setting. Students will work with practicing administrators in public/non-profit agencies under the direction of a workplace supervisor. This practicum will require students to work at least 50 hours and demonstrate an ability to apply the concepts and skills learned in the class work to a professional setting through artifacts tied to MPA 512 and 514.
  • MPA 520 - Practicum III
    Credit Hours: 3

    This course provides students with actual experiences, through projects and practical activities, in the assessment of public policies and procedures in a professional setting. Students will work with practicing administrators in public/non-profit agencies under the direction of a workplace supervisor. This practicum will require students to work at least 150 hours and demonstrate and ability to apply the concepts and skills learned in the class work to a professional setting.
  • MPA 524 - Community & Econ Development
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines how rural and urban communities address poverty, unemployment, and other economic problems through job creation and retention, workforce training, and other development strategies. It reviews the major theories in the field as well as applications in real-life conditions. The course also pays special attention to how economic development constituencies use communication techniques, including lobbying, advocacy and marketing, to advance their proposals in the larger political environment.
  • MPA 526 - Planning in the Real World
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides with an overview of the theory and practice of planning and decision-making in the public sector. The course focuses on the development of practical skills necessary to develop and implement strategic planning initiatives in a political environment. Students will use case studies and simulation to apply these skills in real organizational settings.
  • MPA 528 - Practicum IV
    Credit Hours: 1

    This course provides students with actual experiences, through projects and practical activities, in a professional setting. The practicum will focus on elements of community planning and economic development. Students will work with practicing administrators in public/non-profit agencies under the direction of a workplace supervisor. The practicum will require students to work at least 50 hours and demonstrate an ability to apply the concepts and skills learned in the class work to a professional setting through artifacts ties to MPA 524 and 526.
  • MPA 532 - Emerg Mgmt: Infrastruct & Srv
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides students with an overview of the characteristics, functions, and resources necessary for government to develop and operate and integrated emergency management system. The major elements of emergency management, including response, recovery and preparedness, are all addressed. This includes the primary services provided by first responders as well as the critical infrastructure necessary to effectively deliver those services.
  • MPA 533 - Org & Comm Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the organizational and community context in which public manager must operate. Including a focus on why people behave the way they do in organizations and what can be done to change those behaviors. This includes the most effective communications strategies used in dealing with community groups, advisory boards and councils. The course will review a wide range of situations and examples of human behavior and connect them in foundational theories and effective practical management methods.
  • MPA 540 - Practicum V Capstone
    Credit Hours: 3

    This course provides students with a capstone to the MPA program through projects and practical activities. The practicum will focus on elements of emergency management and/or strategic planning. Students will work with practicing administrators in public/non-profit agencies under the direction of a workplace supervisor. This practicum will require students to work at least 150 hours and demonstrate an ability to apply the concepts and skills learned in the class work to a professional setting through artifacts tied to MPA 532 and 533.