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MPA Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All courses numbered 5000 and above are graduate courses.  If a 5000-level courses is cross-listed with a 4000-level undergraduate course, graduate students must register for the 5000-level section of the course.  Of the 36 semester hours of course work, at least 30 hours must be graduate level courses at the 6000 level or above.

No more than 9 credits may be taken as independent study and/or workshops.

Students must take a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work and either
• three credit hours of credit for either a thesis and oral defense OR
• three credit hours for the Capstone Course (plus an internship).

All students are required to complete 15 hours of core courses, 18 additional hours of public administration coursework (a minimum of of 9 of these courses must be 6000 level Political Science courses).

Core Courses (15 hours)
Required of all students
The five required courses in the MPA “core,” each worth 3 credit hours, are:

  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior
  • POLS 6260 Public Management I: Personnel Management and Leadership
  • POLS 6280 Public Management II: Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, and Decision-making
  • POLS 6200 Public Administration and Public Policy
  • POLS 6750 Research Methods

Students must receive at least a 'B' grade in all core classes.

Public Administration Courses (18 hours)

Sample courses may include:

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Economic Development
  • Administrative Law
  • International Development

Students are encouraged to explore relevant course offerings outside of the department to support their interests and career goals in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

Independent Studies/Reading Courses

Students with specialized interests in a topic may do an independent study course with a faculty member to supplement their regular MPA coursework. No more than 9 hours of independent study can be counted towards the degree.


Program Core Faculty


Dr Shannon Orr (Graduate Coordinator) (Associate Professor)
Dr. Russell Mills (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Albert Dzur (Professor)
Dr. Andrew Kear (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Melissa Miller (Associate Professor)  


Additional Faculty teaching graduate courses

Dr. Stefan Fritsch (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Tom Wiseman (Instructor)
Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Leila Kawar (Assistant Professor)