Online Programs - MPA - Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is offered online. All required and elective courses are available online, although they may not necessarily be available every graduate session. Students and prospective students will work with an advisor who will help plan a schedule regarding courses and the sessions of offerings. The MPA degree is a professional graduate program that prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal/national government. The MPA degree is also useful if a student is interested in employment with an international organization or agency. The MPA degree is designed to educate students in the applications of inter-disciplinary skills needed in government operations. Public administration is a blending of business administration, human services, and core topics covered in the required public administration courses. Working in the public sector often requires skills that cannot be confined to a single discipline: the public sector and the private sector cross paths, and public officials need the skills of both to function effectively. The MPA program requires 36 credit hours of coursework. Students can start six of their seven Core Curriculum courses (MPA 57000, MPA 57100, MPA 58300, MPA 58400, MPA 58600, MPA 58800) whenever it is convenient for their schedules. It is recommended that students take MPA 59800 near the end of their courses (it will be available when they need to take it). There are five sessions during the years when students can start courses, each lasting nine weeks. The program has been designed to be flexible enough so students can expect to complete the program within fifteen months.
PLANNING A PROGRAM: BEGINNING TO END
There are five nine-week sessions in a year. Assuming two courses per session, then ten courses can be completed in a year. With twelve courses required for the MPA (which is based on the assumption that a student has taken an undergraduate course in Accounting), then the MPA can be completed in six sessions. If no undergraduate courses in Accounting were taken, then ACCT 21010 (Principles of Financial Accounting), a course available online, is needed as part of the program. If in one of those sessions, three courses were taken, with ACCT 21010 as one of the courses, then the MPA can still be completed in six sessions (with two courses taken for five out of six sessions).
The following courses are required for all students completing the public administration degree (21 hours):
MPA 57000 Public Finance & Taxation (3)
Choose 15 credit hours of electives from the following courses
MPA 57200 Policy Design & Analysis (3)
Electives available from Business Administration & Nonprofit Administration
ACCT 51011 Managerial Accounting (3)*
* Requires prerequisite ACCT 21010 Principles of Financial Accounting (Available Online)
This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission