Public Administration - M.P.A. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science
302 Bowman Hall
The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) consists of two concentrations: Public Management and Public Policy, plus a dual degree with the College of Nursing, the M.S.N./M.P.A.
Public Management and Public Policy concentrations: Official transcript(s), 3.00 undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, a goal statement, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample. The writing sample, preferably a paper completed in undergraduate school should be single authored and exemplify the critical thinking skills of the applicant and include full citations.
The M.P.A. degree program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time coursework, or three and a half years, part-time. Full-time is nine hours of coursework (three courses) per semester.
Tuition for out-of-state students in the online M.P.A. Public Management concentration is essentially the same as graduate in-state tuition, plus a surcharge of $30 US per each online course.
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
*Pre-service students or students wishing to gain experience in a new area will also be placed in an agency for at least 300 hours of experience.
Public Management Concentration
This concentration has 5 required courses (15 credit hours) and 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) that may be customized or taken within a designated area of specialization. The core courses provide students with a broad foundation in public and nonprofit management, including the scope and history of public administration, administrative theory, ethical behavior in public management, public financial management, program evaluation, methods, personnel management and information technology management.
Public Policy Concentration
The public policy concentration requires the completion of 5 specified courses (15 credit hours) and three elective courses (9 credit hours).
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