The full-time MPA program is designed to provide an understanding of the essential body of knowledge and to develop the basic skills needed for professional management. Such essentials include quantitative analysis, managerial economics, organizational behavior, strategy, human resource management, accounting, budget and finance, ethics, and communication. These skills are taught through practical class and field experiences, case studies, formal and computer simulations, and special workshops and seminars. Second-year courses are designed around an individual’s desired sector and skill areas. Sectors include local government, state, and federal government, and nonprofit. Skills include resource development, program management, and finance. By selecting a sector and a skill area students are uniquely prepared for a career where they can effectively administer in government and nonprofit programs.
Requirements for Degree
- Credit hours: 57
- Required courses: 40 credit hours
- First-year program: courses in economic decision making, decision analysis, organizational behavior, communication, administrative environment, budgeting or accounting, statistics, finance, program evaluation, and career preparation.
- Second-year program: courses in ethics, human resource management, legal issues, negotiations, and capstone.
- Sector and skill courses. By selecting both a sector (6 credits) and a skill area (9 credits) a student prepares for a career in local government management, state and federal government, healthcare or nonprofit management, and a skill area in resource development, program management, finance, JD/MPA or PhD prep.
- Electives: After choosing sector and skill courses the remaining elective courses are determined in consultation with advisor.
Required courses: MPA 520 or 620, 604 or 621, 608, 612, 630, 631, 632, 640, 641, 642R, 644, 662, 682, 683, 684, 686
Elective courses: MPA 590, 591R, 599R, 615, 617, 622, 623, 624, 625, 633, 634, 635, 638, 651A, 651B, 653, 654, 655, 656, 659R, 675, 676, 690R
The preceding does not represent the full range of requirements and opportunities in the program. See professors, academic advisor and career services director for greater detail.