The Master of Public Administration degree consists of 39 graduate hours, 24 of those hours being required core courses. The core courses include:
Public Administration 701: Public and Nonprofit Governance
Public Administration 702: Research Methods in Public Administration
Public Administration 710: Public Sector Organizational Theory and Behavior
Public Administration 725: Public Management of Human Resources
Public Administration 765: Public Sector Economics
Public Administration 802: Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Professionals
Public Administration 865: State and Local Government Finance
Public Administration 895: Public Decision Making
There are no prerequisites for the MPA program. Students develop a Plan of Study in consultation with and approval by their faculty advisor and the graduate coordinator. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the 15 hours of electives to tailor educational experiences to career goals. Common choices for electives emphasize public management, public finance or public policy.
A fast-track option does not exist in which a student can complete both a bachelor's degree and a Master of Public Administration degree. An undergraduate student, within 10 hours of completing their degree and with 3.0 GPA or greater, may take graduate courses during their final semester under the University's Senior Rule option.
A typical full-time student taking 3 courses (9 credit hours) per semester can obtain the Master of Public Administration degree in 2 years.
→ Year 1: Fall - 3 courses; Spring - 3 courses; Summer - 1 course
→ Year 2: Fall - 3 courses; Spring - 3 courses
Students with limited work experience in the public sector are encouraged to consider an internship as part of their MPA program. Intern positions are remunerative and awarded on a competitive basis.
The Master of Public Administration degree draws upon the methods and perspectives of the social and behavioral sciences, economics and the humanities. The link between these disciplines and the challenges of public management are emphasized through the use of practitioners in the classroom, policy-relevant research assignments, public affairs seminars and internships.
Teaching faculty have significant professional experience in state and local government and are engaged in cutting-edge research relevant to public and nonprofit organizations in Kansas. This experience allows faculty to bring pertinent perspectives on public management into the classroom.