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Program Requirements

Degree Audit

The DegreeWorks report is the official course of study and includes the listing of all courses that must be completed to obtain the MPA degree.

As soon as a student is admitted to the MPA Program, a proposed degree outline is prepared in consultation with the graduate advisor. The proposed degree outline is then submitted by the department to the dean of the Graduate College for approval. The DegreeWorks system is to be used by the student to determine which courses to select for each semester's registration. Any course taken outside of the DegreeWorks degree plan is taken at the student's risk as the courses completed may not count toward the degree requirements.

Outline Changes
Any changes in the degree outline must be requested in writing on the official Degree Audit Change Form, and a justification of the requested change must be stated. Any DegreeWorks plan change request should be completed prior to the student's registering for a course that is not included in the degree outline. Any courses taken without an approved degree outline change request is taken at the student's own risk and may not count toward the degree.

Course Work

Coursework consists of a core of required courses and career support areas.

Background Courses
PA 5311 Introduction to Statistical Analysis can be waived if a student has taken an undergraduate statistics class and earned a "B" or better. Contact the Graduate Director for more information.

Students without administrative experience will be required to take PA 5389, Internship in Government, within the first 24 hours of the program. In order for the internship requirement to be waived, a letter from an employer or past employer briefly documenting the student's administrative experience needs to be sent to the director of the MPA Program.

Prerequisite Courses
A number of the courses in the core requirements and the career support areas have prerequisite courses. PA 5311 or undergraduate-level statistics must be completed as a prerequisite to enrollment in PA 5312. PA 5397 must be completed prior to enrollment in PA 5398 and toward the end of the program.

Core Courses
The MPA core consists of 30 hours of public administration courses. Courses range across many different areas in public administration and management (public finance, organization theory, public personnel administration, research methodology, and public law). For a comprehensive listing of courses, review the curriculum outlines contained in these guidelines and in the Graduate Catalog.

Concentration Areas
Students can customize their career support areas to reflect their professional needs and goals. In addition, our program has strengths in the following areas:

Environment, Energy, and Sustainability

General Public Administration

Human Resources and Labor Relations

Local and State Government Management

Non-Profit Sector Leadership

Urban Policy and Planning

Please note that the above concentration areas will likely be removed by Fall 2018. 

Students can create their own career support area, drawing on a combination of graduate level courses from across the university with prior Graduate Director approval.

Applied Research Project

MPA students are eligible to enroll in PA 5398 (Applied Research Project) after the completion of 33-36 hours of the MPA degree program.