The Master of Public Administration requires the satisfactory completion of 36 semester hours of course work.  The program of study must include the prescribed courses of the core curriculum and electives. Students who have little or no public or nonprofit agency experience will take the internship course in lieu of one elective course. Students must complete all 36 hours within a six year period.

Required Courses for students pursuing the general degree:

  • PADM 6000, Survey of Public Administration (3)
  • PADM 6050, Seminar on Constitutional and Administrative Law (3)
  • PADM 6100, Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
  • PADM 6200, Human Resources Management (3)
  • PADM 6300, Public Budgeting (3)
  • PADM 6600, Tools for Decision Makers (3)
  • PADM 6650, Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PADM 6750, Public Program Evaluation (3)

Required Courses for students in the Criminal Justice Concentration

  • In addition to the above, students in this concentration must take:
  • PADM/CRJU 6430, Social Deviance
  • PADMCRJU 6436, Intimate Partner Violence OR PADM/CRJU 6432, Juvenile
  • Delinquency and Justice

Electives

  • Students in the general degree program take 12 hours of electives (or 9 hours of electives and the internship class if the internship is required).  Students in the CJ concentration take 6 hours of electives (or 3 hours of electives and the internship class if the internship is required). Exit Requirement (for the general degree and all tracks) PADM 6750, Program Evaluation.  PADM 6750 will ideally be taken in the student’s last semester in the program.  In that class, students will participate in a team, service-learning project.  Successful completion of the project will serve as the program’s exit requirement. Typical MPA Course Rotation

Core Courses*

  • Fall: PADM 6000, 6050, 6200, 6600, 6750
  • Spring: PADM 6000, 6100, 6600, 6650, 6750
  • Summer: PADM 6300, 6900 - Internship (for those students needing one)

*Each semester, the program offers at least one elective course.

Criminal Justice Concentration

  • Fall: PADM/CRJU 6436, 6432
  • Spring: PADM/CRJU 6430
  • Summer: none

Possible Course Sequence for Full-Time and Part-Time Students

Full-Time Students (9 hours per semester)

  • Fall Year 1 - PADM 6000, 6600, Elective
  • Spring Year 1 - PADM 6100, 6650, Elective
  • Summer Year 1 - PADM 6300
  • Fall Year 2 - PADM 6050, 6200, Elective
  • Spring Year 2 - PADM 6750, 6900 Internship (if needed) or Elective, Elective

Part-Time Students (6 hours per semester)

  • Fall Year 1 - PADM 6000, 6600
  • Spring Year 1 - PADM 6100, 6650
  • Summer Year 1 - PADM 6300, Elective
  • Fall Year 2 - PADM 6050, 6200
  • Spring Year 2 - PADM 6900 Internship (if needed) or Elective, Elective
  • Fall Year 3 - PADM 6750, Elective