MPA Degree Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Master of Public Administration student include:

  1. Completion of 27 designated semester hours of core courses.
  2. Completion of 9 semester hours of courses in one of the designated concentration areas.
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0, with no more than two courses with a grade of C.
  4. Two years of documented professional experience or successful completion of the internship requirement.
  5. Successful completion of the comprehensive written exam.
  6. Completion of at least 27 hours of graduate degree requirements in residence, with no more than 9 hours of transfer credit.
  7. Completion of all degree-related course requirements, including any transfer credits, within a six-year period.

Master of Public Administration, Curriculum Requirements
Core Courses 27 – Semester Hours

POLS 7200

Leadership and Organizational Theory

3 hours

POLS 7220

Politics and Bureaucracy

3 hours

POLS 7290

Ethics for Public Service

3 hours

POLS 7300

Public Budgeting

3 hours

POLS 7320

Public Policy Analysis

3 hours

POLS 7380

Public Personnel Administration

3 hours

POLS 7600

Statistics for Public Management

3 hours

POLS 7660

Information and Operations Management

3 hours

POLS 7890

Public Management

3 hours

Concentration – 9 Semester Hours

Each student selects a concentration involving three courses accounting for nine semester hours of credit. Selection of a concentration and of any electives in the concentration requires the approval of the faculty advisor. Not every concentration and elective course may be available at all times.

Criminal Justice Administration
Three of the following:

CRJU 6003

Court Administration

3 hours

CRJU 6004

Correctional Administration

3 hours

CRJU 6020

Law Enforcement and Management Systems

3 hours

CRJU/POLS 6112

The Judicial System and Judicial Process

3 hours

CRJU 6440

Criminal Justice Administration

3 hours

CRJU 6550

Law and Society

3 hours

CRJU 7900

Special Topics in Criminal Justice

3 hours

CRJU 7940

Independent Study in Criminal Justice

3 hours

Public Affairs

This is a traditional track. Students pursuing this concentration may select nine semester hours of electives from any of the courses listed in the other concentrations or from the following list, subject to approval by the faculty advisor.

POLS 6106

State and Local Government

3 hours

POLS 6111

The Presidency

3 hours

POLS 6310

Political Leadership

3 hours

POLS 6380

Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

3 hours

POLS 7250

Government and Business

3 hours

POLS 7420

Seminar in Intergovernmental Administration

3 hours

POLS 7460

Local Government Administration

3 hours

POLS 7580

Raising Funds and Attracting Grants

3 hours

POLS 7640

Technology in Public Management

3 hours

POLS 7810

Administrative Law

3 hours

POLS 7900

Special Topics in Public Administration

3 hours

POLS 7940

Independent Study in Public Administration

3 hours

PSYC 6690

Organizational Behavior

3 hours

Public Health Administration

HADM 5501

Health Care Systems

3 hours

HADM 5502

Public Health Administration

3 hours

HADM 5801

Research Methods in Health Care

3 hours

Internship: Variable Credit (0-3)

An internship (POLS 7980 Internship in Public Administration) is required of all students who do not have at least two years of professional experience in public-service organizations as determined by the program coordinator. The internship requires a full-time professional experience in a public-service organization for ten weeks.

Comprehensive Examination

Each student is required to pass a written comprehensive examination during his/her last semester of enrollment.