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Master of Public Administration

College of Arts and Sciences

Our Master's of Public Administration Program, offers three distinct concentrations:

  • Local Government Management
  • Nonprofit and Public Financial Management
  • Economic Development and Planning

This is an interdisciplinary program which has two broad objectives: (1) to develop the managerial and technical skills to necessary for the effective administration of urban and social services, and (2) to develop a professional understanding of the values and social conflicts inherent in creating and administering public policy. This program provides a basic preparation in the skills and concepts that are necessary to deal with the challenges and issues relevant to urban public policy and public service management careers.

What our graduates have chosen in the past:

Over 90 percent of our MPA alumni are currently employed in some aspect of public administration. Over two-thirds of those positions are in urban administration. Approximately a third of the alumni are city managers or municipal administrators. Others hold positions as planners, financial and personnel officers, federal and state civil servants, lead non-profit organizations, or work in the private sector.

Local Government Management

Over 90 percent of the alumni of the MPA program are currently employed in some aspect of public management, with over two-thirds holding positions in urban administration. Approximately a third of the alumni are city managers or town administrators. Others serve as planners, financial and personnel officers, federal and state civil servants, managers and administrative officers of non-profit and private sector organizations, and other occupations connected with urban affairs. Given the expansion of professional management in many areas of public administration, the prospects for graduates of the program are excellent.

Course Requirements

Each course is equal to 3 credit hours

Core Courses

PMGT 5100 - Introduction to Public Administration
PMGT 5120 - Public Personnel Management
PMGT 5140 - Public Organization Theory
PMGT 5160 - Public Budgeting and Finance
PMGT 5180 - Quantitative Inquiry & Policy Analysis for Public Managers
PMGT 5200 - Legal and Ethical Considerations in Public Administration 
Total Core Hours: 18 Credit Hours

Capstone Course Requirements Options A and B

PMGT 5800 - Public Management Internship OR
PMGT 5820 - Public Administration Consultantship

AND either Option A or Option B

Option A:  PMGT 5840 - Public Management Report
Option B:  Two additional PMGT courses

Total Capstone Hours: 6 to 9 Credit Hours

Local Government Management Concentration (12 credit hours)

Required Courses

PMGT 5500 - City Management Profession
PMGT 5520 - Urban Government 
PMGT 5400 - Legal Considerations in Local Government
PMGT 5240 - Seminar in Public Management
Guided Elective (with permission of Director)
Total Concentration Hours: 12 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 36 - 39 Credit Hours

Non-Profit and Public Financial Management Concentration

Ten million people, or about 7% of the U.S. workforce, are employed by the non-profit sector. A MPA in non-profit administration plays significant role in redeveloping neighborhoods, advocating for social justice and providing vital human and social services at non-profits, consulting firms, private organizations and government agencies.

Non-profits' unique challenges include finding creative ways to generate operating finances, attracting high caliber professionals and volunteers without the lure of big money, maintaining goodwill, and finding meaningful evaluation tools with which to measure success and indicate areas for improvement.

Public financial management teaches students the tools of managing public expenditures (e.g. government budgeting, accounting, auditing, and procurement) and revenue generation (e.g. taxation, licensing, user fees and lotteries).  The major introduces monetary issues that face every community in our society.  Students will graduate with a strong background in economics, accounting, financial reporting, budget and cost benefit analysis complemented by basic managerial and organizational skills. 

Course Requirements

Each course is equal to 3 credit hours

Core Courses

PMGT 5100 - Introduction to Public Administration
PMGT 5120 - Public Personnel Management
PMGT 5140 - Public Organization Theory
PMGT 5160 - Public Budgeting and Finance
PMGT 5180 - Quantitative Inquiry and Policy Analysis for Public Managers
PMGT 5200 - Legal and Ethical Considerations in Public Administration
Total Core Hours: 18 Credit Hours

Capstone Requirement Options A and B

PMGT 5800 - Public Management Internship OR
PMGT 5820 - Public Administration Consultantship

AND either Option A or Option B:

Option A:  PMGT 5840 - Public Management Report
Option B:  Two additional PMGT courses
Total Capstone Hours: 6 to 9 Credit Hours

Nonprofit and Public Financial Management Concentration (12 Credit Hours)

This concentration is designed for students who wish to work in not-for-profit organizations.

Required Courses

PMGT 5280 - Seminar in Public Risk Management
PMGT 5750 - Public Sector Financial Management
PMGT 5300 - Non-Profit Resource Development
3 Credit Hour Guided Elective
Total Required Hours: 12 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 36 - 39 Credit Hours

Economic Planning and  Development Concentration

The Planning and Development concentration uses the broader contexts of policy, management and finance to prepare students with the critical thinking they need to succeed in urban design, land use, economic and community development, housing, and environmental and infrastructure planning.

Graduates typically secure jobs in such organizations as the UN, USAID, the World Bank, local and state housing agencies and non-profit organizations that assist the homeless.

Course Requirements

Each course is equal to 3 credit hours

Core Courses

PMGT 5100 - Introduction to Public Administration
PMGT 5120 - Public Personnel Management
PMGT 5140 - Public Organization Theory
PMGT 5160 - Public Budgeting and Finance
PMGT 5180 - Quantitative Inquiry & Policy Analysis for Public Managers
PMGT 5200 - Legal and Ethical Considerations in Public Administration 
Total Core Hours: 18 Credit Hours

Capstone Requirements Options A and B

PMGT 5800 - Public Management Internship
PMGT 5820 - Public Administration Consultantship

AND either Option A or Option B:

Option A:  PMGT 5840 - Public Management Report
Option B:  Two additional PMGT courses
Total Capstone Hours: 6 - 9 Credit Hours

Economic Development and Planning Concentration

This concentration is intended for students with a professional interest in urban planning, economic development, and community development.

Required Courses

PMGT 5340 - Economic Development Planning
PMGT 5310 - GIS for Planning and Development
PMGT 5320 - Transportation Planning and Development
PMGT 5637 - Local and Regional Planning

Total Concentration Hours: 12 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 36 to 39 Credit Hours

 

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