Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

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: Apply knowledge 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.

Requirements for the MPA

This program features 12 courses which total 36 credits. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate student typically takes one course at a time completing two courses each semester. 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:

Requirement Title Credits
ORGS 510Leadership and Management in Public Administration3
ORGS 540Conflict Resolution and Labor Negotiations3
ORGS 610Organizational Behavior and Development3
PUBA 500History and Theory of Public Administration3
PUBA 520Public Finance and Budgeting3
PUBA 530Public Personnel Management3
PUBA 550Public Policy Analysis3
PUBA 560Legal and Ethical Issues3
PUBA 570Political Economy3
PUBA 590Professional Communication in Public Administration3
PUBA 600Public Administration Program Evaluation3
PUBA 690MPA Capstone3
Total Credits36