Mar 31, 2023  
2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog

Public Administration, M.P.A.

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Program Overview:

The Master of Public Administration program is a professional degree for leaders and analysts in public and nonprofit organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MPA Public Administration

Students will demonstrate an ability to lead, motivate, and manage a diverse workplace- within and across organizations.   

Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze policy alternatives and use policy instruments and management tools to address social problems.  

Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions. 


In addition to meeting the minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School, applicants must provide 3 letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of their professional or academic background, a resume, and a personal statement.

Degree Requirements


  • Economics - Micro or Macro (3 hrs)
  • Political Science or American Government (3 hrs)
  • Unmet prerequisites should be made up early in the program.


  • 42 total hours needed to complete the degree (excluding deficiencies or prerequisites)
  • 27 hours of required courses
  • 9 hours of electives
  • 6 hours of thesis research and a thesis, or 6 hours of capstone courses and a final project. All masters students must include at least 15 hours of courses numbered 6000 or above in their programs of study.

Thesis/Final Project Option

Students must choose either the thesis or the final project option

Thesis Option

  • - Credits: 1 - 9 (Variable) plus the thesis
  • Thesis students may take Capstone I in lieu of three hours of thesis research.

Final Project Option

This is an applied project completed in conjunction with a public service job or internship while enrolled in

Nonprofit Leadership Concentration

The MPA program offers a concentration in nonprofit leadership (NPL). The concentration consists of 15 hours: NPL students must complete the following courses which are currently offered under the Special Topics course


NPL students must also choose the thesis or non-thesis (final project) option. Thesis students may take

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