Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) is open to all students who hold any baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences for graduate admission. In addition, candidates for admission must meet the criteria listed below:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4-point scale).
  • Satisfactory performance on the statement of purpose essay portion of the application.
  • Satisfactory performance on the personal interview portion of the program admissions process.

International Students from non-English speaking countries will need a TOEFL exam score of 79 (On-line version) or 550 (paper-based) or an ILETS score of 6.5.

Master of Public Administration (MPa) Major Curriculum

Required Courses
PADM 5375Surv of Pub Adm&Pub Affairs 13
PADM 5301Adv Methods of Social Rsrch3
PADM 5332Program Evaluation3
PADM 5334Administrative Law3
PADM 5342Organization Theory3
PADM 5344Communication for Public Adm3
PADM 5362Administrative Ethics3
PADM 5378Human Resources Mgt in PADM3
PADM 5380Prin & Politics of Public Budg3
PADM 5382Public Policy Dev&Implem3
Select one from the following:3
Project 3
Internship 4
Select nine hours appropriate electives with advisor's approval9
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Prerequisite for all required courses.


Prerequisite for all required core courses: cross-listed with CRIJ 5320 and SOCI 5322.


Required for students with two or more years experience in the public sector.


Required for students with less than two years of experience in the public sector.