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M.P.A. Degree Requirements

The 39 hour MPA curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and analytical skills while focusing on the competencies required for managing information, money and people.


We have no prerequisite courses. All students are required to take Contemporary Perspectives. This is an introductory course that examines concepts, terms, ideas and theories that are common to our field (Course Plan Worksheet). 

Core Courses

Students must complete 24 semester hours of core courses.

  • PADM 7600 Administrative Theory
  • PADM 7601 Research Methods
  • PADM 7614 Interagency Collaboration
  • PADM 7661 Contemporary Perspectives
  • PADM 7605 Public Human Resources
  • PADM 7213 Seminar in Policy Analysis
  • PADM 7602 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PADM 7607 Public Management Leadership (Capstone)


Students must complete 15 semester hours of courses in one of two MPA degree concentrations:

  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Public Management and Policy


Each student who does not have public service experience must complete an internship. See the internship handbook  for specific information.

Comprehensive Examination

All students seeking the Master of Public Administration Degree must satisfactorily pass a written comprehensive examination. The exam process is incorporated into PADM 7607: Public Management Leadership (Capstone Course). Students must intend to graduate in the calendar year in which they enroll in PADM 7607.



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