MPA, Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

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 focuses on the frontiers, dynamics and foundations of nonprofit and public leadership. It combines theoretical and practical perspectives with rigorous commitment to academic excellence. Students may customize their programs by selecting an individualized set of electives from the areas of accounting, leadership, marketing, and computer science, or may acquire a formal emphasis in the field of Organizational Leadership.

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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Admission Requirements

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

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • 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 – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • 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)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • 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 – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   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.

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 with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.

MPA Electives/Emphasis (9 credits)


Individualized Electives


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 Public Administration courses. These electives may be used to acquire either specific leadership related competencies or greater knowledge about the student’s intended professional area.
Students may transfer up to nine elective credits into the MPA program of study.

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