2021-2022 University Catalog 
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2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, MPA

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Master of Public Administration

Normal Program Length: 26 Months

This program is offered online.

Students in the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education Master of Public Administration degree program are molded into future policy makers, public administrators, and public managers through coursework that trains them in critical decision-making skills. The online program includes a unique combination of public administration courses and business courses offered through the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business online Master of Business Administration program.

Graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in federal, state, and local government administrative and management positions. Graduates may also seek employment in the non-profit sector, in private or non-governmental organizations. Specific positions include budget and policy analyst, program manager, chief administrative officer, and program evaluator. 

Master of Public Administration Program Outcomes

  1. Students will analyze public policy formulation, interactions, implications, and avenues of impact.
  2. Students will demonstrate ethical leadership and management skills.
  3. Students will apply principles of finance to public and non-profit operations.
  4. Students will identify, analyze, evaluate and implement research-based public administration practices.
  5. Students will formulate and implement new or expanded government/non-profit services and programs, and/or consolidate/eliminate under-performing or obsolete programs and services.

Master of Public Administration Program

Master of Public Administration Capstone Courses: 4 Required Credits

Total Program Credits: 37 Total Credits

*Students may choose to fulfill a concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, by substituting three business courses for concentration courses. If students select the concentration, they must take BUS 530 , in addition to the courses listed in the concentration.

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Concentration: 9 Required Credits

  • 3 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • Note: The Master of Public Administration program is not a licensure program. As licensure is a professional process, it is up to each student to fully understand the licensure process, as it varies from state to state and area of specialization. The faculty and staff in the Master of Public Administration program are here to support and advise students on program requirements, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individual student to be in charge of his/her own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

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