Core Requirements

 

All MPA degree students must complete 42 semester hours of course work earning no grade below C (C- is not acceptable). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is needed to earn the MPA degree. All MPA students must complete the following 30-hour core curriculum.

Part-time MPA students take 1 or 2 courses a semester and those who are full-time students take 3 courses a semester. For the most recent cohort, 93% of full-time and part-time MPA students graduated in 4 years or less.

Courses are offered in the evening (Monday – Thursday) at the Boca Raton campus.

 

Curriculum Area and Core Courses

Introduction to Public Administration* PAD 6053*

Public Organization Theory 

 
Organizations and Administrative Behavior OR PAD 6106
Organizational Change & Public Management PAD 6154

Public Financial Management 

 
Seminar in Public Budgeting Techniques OR PAD 6227
Seminar in Public Financial Administration PAD 6207

Public Personnel 

 
Seminar in Public Personnel Administration OR PAD 6417
Labor Relations in Government PAD 6427

Public Policy 

 
Public Administration and Public Policy OR PAD 6036
Seminar in Administrative Policy Making PAD 6035

Analytical Techniques 

 
Applied Methods I** PAD 6701**

Analytical Methods 

 
Applied Methods II*** OR PAD 6706***
Program Review and Analysis*** PAD 6327***

Law and Procedures  

 
Administrative Law and Procedures OR PAD 6605
Regulation PAD 6612

Ethics and Democratic Values  

 
Administrative Ethics OR PAD 6436
Democratic Values and Public Administration PAD 6042

Capstone Seminar  

 
Capstone Seminar in Public Administration**** PAD 6139****

*This course must be taken within the first 12 semester hours of the student’s program.

** Undergraduate statistics is a prerequisite for Applied Methods 1.

*** Applied Methods 1 is the prerequisite for Applied Methods 2 and Program Review and Analysis.

**** The capstone course can be taken only by students who have been accepted into the MPA program. The course must be taken during the last semester of the student’s program, unless otherwise approved by the MPA coordinator and the capstone instructor.

 

Sample of Public Administration Elective Courses

The remaining 12 hours are electives. As part of the 12 hours, students who don’t have any public sector experience must complete a one-semester, 20-hour-per-week internship, while registered for the accompanying Government Internship course, PAD 6941.

 

 

Managerial Leadership in State and Local Government PAD 6063
Images of Pub Administration PAD 6065
Decision Making in the Public Sector PAD 6135
Financial Environment of Public Sector PAD 6230
Seminar in Policy Implementation PAD 6365
Public Policy Process PAD 6385
Survey Research in Public Sector PAD 6727
Local Government Administration PAD 6807
Intergovernmental Administration PAD 6826

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Leslie Leip (Program Coordinator, lleip@fau.edu).