Beginning in Fall 2017, MPA students must take the following 6 required courses (18 credits):
- MPA 8001, Public Administration Theory: Tension between bureaucracy-democracy; theories about the nature and development of public administration in the United States.
- MPA 8002, Organization Theory:The study of the similarities and differences in various formal and complex organizations, the structures and dynamics of these organizations, and the theories applicable to such organizations.
- MPA 8003, Financial Management:The study of financial management of government and non- profit organizations that will provide skills for evaluating alternative courses of action in financial decision making. Topics include the budgetary process, revenue policy, financial controls, debt management, and capital budgeting.
- MPA 8004, Public Personnel Management: Public versus private personnel management; also topics such as recruitment, selection, training, career management, performance assessment, grievances and appeals.
- MPA 8051 Applied Data Analysis: Introduction to applied research methods for the public and nonprofit sectors. Exposure to and utilization of data gathered from a variety of research sources with attention paid to determining the value of such research for public administration.
- MPA 8300 Leadership Ethics: Examines assumptions implicit in various organizational designs and highlights the importance of fidelity to value- based decision-making.
All Current Students (Entered the Program prior to Fall 2017) will not be required to take MPA 8300 Leadership Ethics as one of their required courses. If a current student has completed MPA 8005 and MPA 8006, as well as MPA 8001, MPA 8002, MPA 8003, and MPA 8004, then the student has satisfied the core requirements.