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Overview of the MPA program

OUR PROGRAM OF STUDY

 

Our Program of Study

To equip our graduates with the skills needed in today's workplace, our program provides a unique combination of theory and practice that ensures our students leave equipped with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and people skills essential to professional success. Our program requires successful completion of these core courses (24 hours):

PADM 6000, Survey of Public Administration

PADM 6050, Constitutional and Administrative Law

PADM 6100, Organizational Theory

PADM 6200, Human Resource Management

PADM 6300, Public Budgeting

PADM 6600, Quantitative Methods

PADM 6650, Public Policy Analysis

PADM 6750, Program Evaluation

General Degree

  • 24 hours of core courses listed above
  • 9 hours of electives OR, for students who have less than 1 year of work experience in the public or nonprofit sector, 6 hours of electives and a  3-hour internship course
  • Capstone course (3 hours)

 

Criminal Justice Track

  • 24 hours of core courses listed above
  • 6 hours of coursework in Criminal Justice
    • PADM 6430/CRJU 6430, Deviance Theory
    • PADM 6432/CRJU 6432, Juvenile Delinquency and Justice OR
    • PADM 6436/CRJU 6436, Intimate Partner Violence
  • 3 hours of electives OR, for students who have less than 1 year of work experience in the public or nonprofit sector, a 3-hour internship course
  • Capstone course (3 hours)

 

Degree Completion

The final course in the MPA program is the Capstone. In this course, students will have the opportunity to pull everything they have learned together in the context of a group applied research project for a real client. In addition, students will take the exit exam which tests achievement of our program's learning objectives.

 


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