2023-2024 Catalog

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for professionals who aspire to begin or enhance a career in public service or nonprofit management. The MPA program instills a spirit of service throughout the learning journey as students develop the skills required to manage and promote positive change in public and nonprofit sectors.

In this program students will be provided opportunities to develop qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and acquire substantive knowledge of policy analysis and evaluation. Students will also explore topics such as grant writing and grant management, state and local government administration, public budgeting, and financial policy and management in public and nonprofit sectors. Graduates of the MPA program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make ethical decisions, respect diversity and demonstrate accountability and responsibility as public servants.

The MPA degree prepares students to manage and direct public and nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal governmental offices. MPA graduates are employed in a range of occupations including but not limited to: policy analysts and policy planners; political analysts; and administrators in criminal justice, healthcare, higher education, business and HR/personnel.


Students who have not earned an undergraduate degree from a related field of study may be required to take additional coursework as a prerequisite for entry into the program.

This program is available online only.

Note: Availability subject to state regulatory approvals, may not be available in all states. For students residing in Florida, in order to earn the Master of Public Administration, they must complete 54 quarter credit hours composed of the core and major component courses. Please see the Florida state-specific curriculum information for program requirements details applicable in that state.

Required Courses

Required Courses

PAD 500Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 501Grantsmanship in Public Administration

PAD 505Public Budgeting and Finance

PAD 510Introduction to Public Policy Analysis

PAD 515Leadership and Conflict Resolution

PAD 522Urban Planning and Management

PAD 525Constitutional and Administrative Law

PAD 530Public Personnel Management

PAD 540International Public Administration

PAD 599Public Administration Capstone

Total Credit Hours:45.0

Total Credit Hours: 45.0