Program Requirements

Traditional MPA

To graduate with a Master of Public Administration degree, you will be required to complete a total of 36 hours.

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hrs)

  1. Required Core:
     
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
    PLS 673 Policy Analysis 3 hrs
    PLS 676 Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy 3 hrs
    PLS 752 Public Personnel Management 3 hrs
    PLS 753 Management Techniques and Organizational Behavior 3 hrs
    PLS 756 Budgeting and Financial Management for State and Local Government 3 hrs
    PLS 771 Seminar in Public Administration 3 hrs
    PLS 778 Ethics and Leadership in the Public Sector 3 hrs
      Total Core 21 hrs

    Note: If the student has taken a 500-level required course for undergraduate credit, he/she shall substitute a 600 or 700-level course selected with the approval of the advisor and the department for the course already taken.

  2. Internship: ( PLS 781 In-Service Training in Public Administration). In-service training in an approved local, county, state, federal, non-profit or other approved agency (unless waived for candidate with adequate experience). 0-3 hrs
  3. Research:
    1. Non-thesis option. Complete required core courses and up to 18 hours of courses in student’s chosen area of concentration (see #4 below).
    2. Thesis option. Complete required core courses, PLS 799 Thesis (6 hours), and up to 12 hours of courses in student’s chosen area of concentration (see #5 below).
  4. Comprehensive Examination. The Director of the MPA Program will prepare and administer a written comprehensive examination covering the general field of public administration, reflected in the required core courses offered. All students except those who choose a thesis option and successfully complete a master’s thesis will be required to take and pass a written comprehensive examination. Students who do not perform at satisfactory level on their comprehensive examination will be required to pass an oral examination.
  5. Areas of Concentration: The MPA student will take the required courses in his/her area of concentration that will result in earning a certificate to compliment the core courses. They will also select other courses to fill out the elective requirements depending on whether the internship is waived. Certificate 12 hrs
Local Government Management Certificate
Required Courses - 12 hours total

Required courses - 6 hours

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 776 Local Public Service Delivery 3 hrs
PLS 777 Local Government & Politics & Administration 3 hrs
Elective courses - 6 hours

Choose 6 hours from the following courses.

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 760 Management of Intergovernmental Relations 3 hrs
PLS 774 Municipal Planning and Zoning 3 hrs
ACC 600 Accounting Concepts for Managers 3 hrs
Public Policy certificate
Required Courses - 12 hours total

Required courses - 6 hours

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 673 Policy Analysis 3 hrs
PLS 762 Public Policy and Program Evational 3 hrs
Elective courses - 6 hours

Choose 6 hours from the following courses.

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 685 Public Policy for the Global Environment 3 hrs
PLS 754 Seminar in Health Policy 3 hrs
ECO 615 Public Sector Economics 3 hrs
SWK 715 Social Welfare Policy and Services 3 hrs
Public Safety certificate
Required Courses - 12 hours total

Required courses - 6 hours

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 772 Introduction to Public Safety Services 3 hrs
PLS 773 Hazard Analysis, Mitigation and Preparedness 3 hrs
Elective courses - 6 hours

Choose 6 hours from the following courses.

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 719 Strategic Planning & Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Security 3 hrs
PLS 717 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security 3 hrs
GLG 647 Water Resources 3 hrs
GRY 731 Environmental Assessment 3 hrs
CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security 3 hrs
Economic Development certificate
Required Courses - 12 hours total

Required courses - 6 hours

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 775 Economic Development for local and State Government 3 hrs
PLS 774 Municipal Planning and Zoning 3 hrs
Elective courses - 6 hours

Choose 6 hours from the following courses.

Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
MKT 772 Marketing Management 3 hrs
ECO 600 Fundamentals of Economics 3 hrs
PLN 671 Land Use Planning 3 hrs

Accelerated MPA

To graduate with a Master of Public Administration degree through the accelerated program, you will be required to complete a total of 39 hours.

As an undergraduate major in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, you may be able to count up to 12 hours of specific political science classes toward both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students wishing to enroll in the accelerated MPA program are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA in the political science or public administration curriculum of 3.5.

During your junior year, you should apply for admission to the Master of Public Administration program. Admission to the accelerated MPA program also requires a sponsorship letter from a political science faculty member, to the MPA director, recommending you to the program. You must then be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the MPA graduate program director, department head to the undergraduate program and the dean of the Graduate College.