Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership opportunities in the field of public governance and, increasingly, in non-governmental organizations and the nonprofit sector. The MPA student will apply professional knowledge, practical skills, and a Christian worldview to graduate level topics including organizational leadership, public policy development and evaluation, political strategy for problem solving, finance for decision making, stakeholder engagement with diverse populations, and values-based ethics. Students are equipped to pursue administrative careers in public service including various levels of government, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and public works.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for the Master of Public Administration Degree
Graduates of the Master of Public Administration degree program will be able to:
PLO 1: Explain and discuss the salient concepts of public administration theory, research, and practice.
PLO 2: Critically analyze data and apply critical thinking skills to inform public and community problem-solving and decision-making processes.
PLO 3: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in intra-organizational, inter-organizational, and public contexts.
PLO 4: Demonstrate the cultural agility required to engage effectively the diversity of perspectives and interests involved in governance.
PLO 5: Apply a Christian worldview to ethical decision-making processes and outcomes.
In order to earn the MPA degree, graduate students must complete the following required courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0:
|MPA 500||History and Theory of Public Administration||3|
|MPA 510||Leadership and Management in Public Administration||3|
|MPA 520||Public Finance and Budgeting||3|
|MPA 530||Public Personnel Management||3|
|MPA 540||Conflict Resolution and Labor Negotiations||3|
|MPA 550||Public Policy Analysis||3|
|MPA 560||Legal and Ethical Issues||3|
|MPA 570||Political Economy||3|
|MPA 580||Organizational Theory and Human Behavior||3|
|MPA 590||Professional Communication in Public Administration||3|
|MPA 600||Public Administration Program Evaluation||3|
|MPA 690||MPA Capstone||3|