MPA Curriculum

MPA students take 43 credit hours of coursework to complete their degree.  This includes 31 core credit hours and 12 hours of electives that may focus on a particular area of emphasis or contribute toward a graduate degree.  In addition, all students must pass a written master's examination (final paper) to complete the requirements for the MPA degree, which is part of the PUAD 897 core course. 

The MPA core coursework includes the following courses (31 credit hours): 

MPA Core Courses  (31 Credit Hours)

PUAD Policy Course (824, 825, 826, 827, OR, 828) (3 hours)

PUAD 834: Human Resource Management (3)

PUAD 825:  Financing Public Services (3)

PUAD 836:  Introduction to Quantitative Methods (4)

PUAD 837:  Resource Allocation and Control (3)

PUAD 841:  Role & Context of PA (3)

PUAD 842:  Law and Public Management (3)

PUAD 845: Organizational Analysis and Public Management (3)

PUAD 853:  Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3) 

PUAD 897:  Public Administration Contemporary Issues and Competency Assessment (3)

 

Elective Credits (12 hours)

Students take four electives (12 hours) to complete the program.  Electives may be concentrated into specialized areas, allowing the student to earn a graduate certificate in conjunction with the MPA.


MPA Courses and Descriptions

PUAD 824 Public Policy and Administration

PUAD 825 Urban Policy and Administration

PUAD 826 Public Policy and Administration of State Government

PUAD 827 Health Care Policy and Administration

PUAD 828 Non-profit Management and Policy

PUAD 830 Administrative Ethics

PUAD 831 Public Administration Practicum

PUAD 832 Organizational Theory

PUAD 833 Administrative Behavior

PUAD 834 Human Resource Management

PUAD 835 State and Local Public Finance

PUAD 836: Introduction to Quantitative Methods

PUAD 837: Budgeting and Resource Allocation

PUAD 838 Urban Service Delivery

PUAD 839 Topics in Public Administration

PUAD 841: The Role, Context, and Ethics in Public Administration in American Society

PUAD 842: Law and Public Management 

PUAD 844 Advanced Seminar in State and Local Budgeting

PUAD 845 Organizational Analysis and Public Management

PUAD 849 Law, Courts, and Public Policy

PUAD 850 Intergovernmental Relations

PUAD 851 Infra-Structure Management

PUAD 852 Comparative Public Policy and Administration

PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Evaluation

PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change

PUAD 855 Financial Management for Public and Not-for-Profit Organizations

PUAD 856 Management and Information Technology

PUAD 857 Performance Management and Governance

PUAD 858 Performance Audit

PUAD 859 Service Management

PUAD 892 Public Administration Internship

PUAD 893 Directed Readings

PUAD 894 Professional Development Seminar I:  Public Administration Contemporary Issues and Competency Assessment

PUAD 895 Professional Development Seminar II:  Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement

PUAD 897 Public Administration Contemporary Issues and Competency Assessment

PUAD 898 Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement

 


What classes are being offered?

Look up a class in the KU timetable of classes, or visit the Classes page on this website.

Public Administration Course Descriptions


Application Deadlines

B.A.
Deadlines follow University guidelines

M.U.P (Master of Urban Planning)
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1

M.U.P as International Student
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1

M.P.A.
City Management Fellowship Applications:  February 1
Summer semester:  February 1
Fall semester:  May 1
Spring semester:  November 1
 
Ph.D.
Fall semester: January 15