Class of ‘18, Master of Public Administration
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Public Administration Curriculum
The Master of Public Administration degree requires the completion of 36 hours of coursework, consisting of 21 hours of core courses, 12 hours of elective courses, and a 3-credit-hour capstone, internship or thesis. A full-time student can often complete the program in two years, subject to appropriate planning for the internship.
- An undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
- Two letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for a career in public or nonprofit service
- A letter of intent addressing professional goals and objectives. The letter should address what the applicant expects to achieve through graduate level study. The letter should be typed and a maximum of 750 words in length.
Master of Public Administration (MPA) 36 hours required
- PS502 Fundamentals of Public Administration (3)
- PS505 Organizational Theory and Behavior (3)
- PS518 Public Policy Analysis (3)
- PS545 Research Methods for Public Administrators (3)
- PS603 Public Personnel Administration (3)
- PS615 Government Budgeting Process (3)
- PS655 Federalism, State and Local Government (3)
- PS697 Public Administration Internship (3)
- Thesis (3)
Choose 12 hours from:
- AC548 Government/Not-For-Profit Accounting (3)
- EC525 Public Policy Economics (3)
- PS625 Administrative Law (3)
- PS689 Independent Study in Public Administration (3)
- PS691-696 Topics in Public Administration (3)
- PY571 Behavioral Statistics (3)
- PY650 Organizations as Open Systems (3)
- SC560 Organizational Communication (3)
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You can take courses for your MPA as an undergraduate saving you time and money. The courses can count towards both your bachelor’s and master’s degree.
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What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration?
Graduates of the Master of Public Administration program can look forward to rewarding careers in a wide variety of governmental and nonprofit organizations. Although an MPA is often considered a practitioner degree for those who will be doing public or nonprofit administration, a number of graduates go on to pursue doctorates to become college or university faculty.
You’ll be prepared to take on roles such as:
- Emergency Management Director
- Operations Research Analyst
- Human Resources Manager
- Postsecondary Education Administrator
Public Administration by the Numbers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
Operations Research Analyst
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary of operations research analysts is $86,200.
Emergency Management Director
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for emergency management directors is $84,310.
Human Resources Managers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for human resource managers is $135,630.