Current Students

Curriculum Guide (students entering the MPA Program after 2010)


The MPA Program is a 42 credit hour program, comprised of:

1) a core of seven courses (25 credits) where students are introduced to the knowledge and skills they need for professional public service

2) a three-course (9 credits) specialization or set of electives

3) two courses (3 credits) to practice application of learning

4) a culminating experience consisting of two courses (5 credits) to demonstrate competencies.


1. PAFF 510 - Research Design & Methods (4 credits)

2. PAFF 521 - Foundations of Public Service (4 credits)

3. PAFF 520 - 21st Century Governance (4 credits)

4. PAFF 527 - Budgeting & Financial Management (4 credits)

5. Evidence-Based Decision Making (4 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Survey Research, and Performance Analysis.

6. Managing People in Organizations (3 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Human Resource Management, Organization Theory, Organization Behavior, and Managing Networks.

7. PAFF 526 - Managing Information and Technology (2 credits):

Three specializations are available within the Department of Public Administration:

  • Nonprofit Management & Leadership
  • Local Government Management & Leadership
  • Sustainable Communities

The Department also has relationships with the School of Nursing for students interested in Health Policy Administration, and with Geography for students interested in Environmental Policy. Dual degree students complete specialization/elective courses in the discipline of their other degree.


  1. PAFF 594 - Internship (2 credits)
  2. PAFF 591 - Problem Definition (1 credit)


  1. PAFF 595 - Capstone Project (3 credits)
  2. PAFF 590 - Praxis through Cases (2 credits)

Students should maintain close contact with Faculty Advisors, to ensure proper progress towards degree completion.

Last Updated: 8/5/16