Degree Requirements

Capstone Option

Total Credits Required for Degree 36-38 credits
Core 23-24
PA 500 Research Methods of Public Administration or 4
ED 500 Education Research 3
PA 501 Seminar in Public Policy Analysis 4
PA 507 Principles of Public Administration 4
PA 511 Ethics and Public Administration 2
PA 516 Organizational Theory 4
PA 524 Politics of Public Budgeting 2
PA 528 Seminar in Public Personnel Administration 2
PA 592 Experiential Applications Seminar 2
     
Internship Requirement
(May be waived based on work experience)
PA 591 Supervised Internship in Public Administration 2
     
Area of Concentration 12-13
Select a concentration from the following, in consultation with your adviser:
Criminal Justice Administration  
Human Resource Administration  
State and Local Government  
Public Management  
Health Care Administration concentration has been put on hold  
   
Concentration Option: Criminal Justice Administration 12-13
Choose 12-13 credits from the following:  
CJ 504 Graduate Seminar in Criminal Justice 4
CJ 510 Planning Organizational Change in Criminal Justice Agencies 4
CJ 530 Principles of Criminal Justice Management 4
CJ 595 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 1-4
CJ 598 Directed Study in Criminal Justice 1-4
     
Concentration Option: Human Resource Administration 12-13
Choose 12-13 credits from the following:  
MGT 412 Compensation Design and Administration 4
MGT 424 Conflict Management and Collective Bargaining 4
PA 529 Seminar in Public Personnel Law 2
PA 595 Special Problems in Public Administration 1-4
PA 598 Directed Study in Public Administration 1-4
SP 421 Organizational Communication 4
     
Concentration Option: State and Local Government 12-13
Choose 12-13 credits from the following:  
PA 509 Seminar: Intergovernmental Relations 4
PA 519 Municipal Management 2
PA 522 Public Budget Management 2
PA 545 Political and Administrative Aspects of Community Development 4
PA 595 Special Problems in Public Administration 1-4
PA 598 Directed Study in Public Administration 1-4
     
Concentration Option: Public Management 12-13
Students in consultation with their adviser will select 12-13 credits tailored to their
specific career needs.
Approved Concentration Courses 12-13
Concentration Courses  
PS 402 Political Economy 4
PS 415 Politics of American Foreign Policy 4
PS 430 American Constitutional Law and Politics 4
PA 517 Seminar: American Government 4
PA 520 The Politics of Education 4
PA 521 Grant Writing for Public Administrators 2
PA 530 Seminar in Administrative Law 2
PA 560 Principles of Health Care Administration 2
PA 561 Political Aspects of Health Care Administration 2
PA 562 Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Agencies 2
     
Note: The Health Care Administration concentration has been put on hold.  
       

Thesis Option

Total Credits Required for Degree 37-38 credits
Core 25-26
PA 500 Research Methods of Public Administration or 4
ED 500 Education Research 3
PA 501 Seminar in Public Policy Analysis 4
PA 507 Principles of Public Administration 4
PA 511 Ethics and Public Administration 2
PA 516 Organizational Theory 4
PA 524 Politics of Public Budgeting 2
PA 528 Seminar in Public Personnel Administration 2
PA 599 Thesis 4
     
Area of Concentration 12
Select a concentration from the following, in consultation with your adviser:
Criminal Justice Administration  
Human Resource Administration  
State and Local Government  
Public Management  
Health Care Administration concentration has been put on hold  
   
Concentration Option: Criminal Justice Administration 12
Choose 12 credits from the following:  
CJ 504 Graduate Seminar in Criminal Justice 4
CJ 510 Planning Organizational Change in Criminal Justice Agencies 4
CJ 530 Principles of Criminal Justice Management 4
CJ 595 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 1-4
CJ 598 Directed Study in Criminal Justice 1-4
     
Concentration Option: Human Resource Administration 12
Choose 12 credits from the following:  
MGT 412 Compensation Design and Administration 4
MGT 424 Conflict Management and Collective Bargaining 4
PA 529 Seminar in Public Personnel Law 2
PA 595 Special Problems in Public Administration 1-4
PA 598 Directed Study in Public Administration 1-4
SP 421 Organizational Communication 4
     
Concentration Option: State and Local Government 12
Choose 12 credits from the following:  
PA 509 Seminar: Intergovernmental Relations 4
PA 519 Municipal Management 2
PA 522 Public Budget Management 2
PA 545 Political and Administrative Aspects of Community Development 4
PA 595 Special Problems in Public Administration 1-4
PA 598 Directed Study in Public Administration 1-4
     
Concentration Option: Public Management 12
Students in consultation with their adviser will select 12 credits tailored to their
specific career needs.
Approved Concentration Courses 12
Concentration Courses  
PS 402 Political Economy 4
PS 415 Politics of American Foreign Policy 4
PS 430 American Constitutional Law and Politics 4
PA 517 Seminar: American Government 4
PA 520 The Politics of Education 4
PA 521 Grant Writing for Public Administrators 2
PA 530 Seminar in Administrative Law 2
PA 560 Principles of Health Care Administration 2
PA 561 Political Aspects of Health Care Administration 2
PA 562 Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Agencies 2
Note: The Health Care Administration concentration has been put on hold.  

In order to complete the MPA degree, students must:

A. Complete the graduate plan of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

B. Complete a graduate capstone project (PA 592) or thesis (PA 599).

C. Complete the graduate plan of study in accordance with the requirements for a master’s degree in the Academic Standards and Policies section of the Graduate Bulletin as well as in accordance with the appropriate program description in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service section of the Bulletin.

Please note that students may be denied admission to courses, or they may be dismissed from a graduate program or internship/practicum if they demonstrate a lack of professional competence and effectiveness as a professional or fail to perform course work effectively. The departmental graduate review committee reviews the qualifications of all questionable students and may require them to undergo further examination to make a final determination regarding program completion.