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 public leadership, especially in the nonprofit business environment. It combines theoretical and practical perspectives with rigorous commitment to academic excellence. Students in the MPA program that want to customize their education to their specific career goals, also have the option of selecting an individualized set of electives from the areas of accounting, leadership, and computer science.
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.
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:
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
Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT
Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio
The MPA program consists of two segments.
|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.
|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|