Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

College of Humanities & Social Sciences Spring 2014
  • PADM 6000
  • PADM 6200
  • PADM 6440
  • PADM 6500
  • PADM 6560
  • PADM 6600
  • PADM 6720
  • PADM 6750
  • PADM 6990

Summer 2014

  • PADM 6300
  • PADM 6580
  • PADM 6610
  • PADM 6640
  • PADM 6830
  • PADM 6890
  • PADM 6900
  • PADM 6950

Fall 2014

  • PADM 6000
  • PADM 6200
  • PADM 6440
  • PADM 6500
  • PADM 6550
  • PADM 6615
  • PADM 6620
  • PADM 6650
  • PADM 6700
  • PADM 6990

Master of Public Administration

Program Overview

A professional degree program, the MPA includes applied work in several related disciplines: Public Administration, Communication, Management, and others. The conceptual and analytical skills developed through the MPA curriculum are critical to the effective management of public agencies and programs. Contemporary public officials are required to make complex choices and implement programs and policies within difficult financial, legal, political, and organizational constraints. More than ever, it is important that administrators be able to work with a variety of people, both within and outside the public sector. Professional education in public administration encompasses fiscal control, organization management, decision analysis, and a working understanding of government institutions and legal procedures. MPA graduates are uniquely prepared to understand the responsibility and accept the challenge of managing in the public sector.

The MPA is considered a terminal degree frequently sought by professionals entering or pursuing a career in the public or nonprofit sectors. The degree is conferred when the student completes the required thirty-six credit hours with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0. Students can complete the degree by enrolling full-time for two years. Graduate hours are divided between required core courses (21 hours) and elective courses (15 hours).