Specific Requirements (2012-13 catalog)
MPA Core (27 credits)
OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics, and Leadership 3 PADU 600 Intro to Public Administration 3 PADU 605 Public Finance or ACCU 602 Financial Reporting Analysis 3 PADU 607 Public Policy 3 BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3 OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3 HRCU 622 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining 3 PADU 630 Local Government 3 PADU 688 Action Learning Project 3
Prior to enrolling in the capstone course (PADU 688), all core classes must be satisfactorily completed; one core class may be taken concurrent.
MPA Electives/Emphasis (9 credits)
MPA students may select an individualized set of electives (9 credit limit) from the graduate courses listed in the following areas (in consultation with an academic advisor): Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, Computer Science and PADU courses. These electives may be used to acquire either specific leadership related competencies or greater knowledge about the student’s intended professional area.
Graduate-level credits accepted in transfer subject to a 9 credit limit from all sources (coursework, ACE-guide for military personnel, etc.) or otherwise officially approved may also be applied to the electives. Students seeking to obtain credit for coursework taken elsewhere must file a "Request to Transfer Coursework.”
Local Government Emphasis
This area of study is for students who wish to pursue careers in city and county government, especially elected offices.
PADU 612 Local Government Leadership 3 PADU 633 Local Government Law 3
And one course from the following selection:
PADU 645 Land Use Planning 3 PADU 615 Professional Development Seminar 3 PADU 620 Contemporary Issues in Public Administration 3
Organizational Leadership Emphasis
This leadership focus is best suited for students interested in careers in the non-profit sector.
OLCU 621 Frontiers of Public and Nonprofit Leadership 3 OLCU 626 Dynamics of Public and Nonprofit Leadership 3
And one course from the following selections:
OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3 OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership 3 OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3