MPA, Organizational Leadership

Master of Public Administration, Organizational Leadership

This program prepares students for the world of public service, particularly in local and state public agencies and nonprofit organizations. The Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership focuses on the frontiers, dynamics and foundations of nonprofit and public leadership. It combines theoretical and practical perspectives with rigorous commitment to academic excellence. 

Graduates will be prepared to manage people, be able to analyze the political sources of public policy and political behavior, conduct research, understand principles of finance and budgeting and be able to apply the ethical standards of law to policy process.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Administration: Apply principles of public administration to a community activity.
  • Public Policy: Analyze a situation using public policy as a guide.
  • Political Strategy: Develop a political strategy for problem solving.
  • Finance: Apply principles of finance to decision making.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical reasoning strategy to public administration case study.

Master of Public Administration

This program prepares students for the world of public service, particularly in local and state public agencies and non-profit organizations. The curriculum for the Master of Public Administration emphasizes theoretical and practical perspectives and combines a rigorous commitment to academic excellence with a focus on the day to day challenges faced by public sector professionals.

Graduates will be prepared to manage people, be able to analyze the political sources of public policy and political behavior, conduct research, understand principles of finance and budgeting and be able to apply the ethical standards of law to policy process. Students may customize their program through the selection of 3 elective courses, one of which may be a fellowship in a local agency or non-profit, or they may select one the following emphases:

  • Local Government
  • Judicial Administration
  • Organizational Leadership

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Administration: Apply principles of public administration to a community activity.
  • Public Policy: Analyze a situation using public policy as a guide.
  • Political Strategy: Develop a political strategy for problem solving.
  • Finance: Apply principles of finance to decision making.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical reasoning strategy to public administration case study.

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All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Option One
A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam is required.

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE.  (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  3. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four
Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the field of Public Administration.

The MPA program consists of two segments.

  • 27 credits for the specific core requirements.
  • 9 credits for an emphasis area.

MPA Core

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
Total Credits 27

Prior to enrolling in the capstone course (PADU 688), all core classes must be satisfactorily completed; one core class may be taken concurrent.

 

Emphasis Area

Organizational Leadership

OLCU 621 Frontiers of Public and Nonprofit Leadership 3
OLCU 626 Dynamics of Public and Nonprofit Leadership 3
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
Total Credits 9

 

Total Credits 36
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