Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration
Classroom, Online, Off-site
Hampton Roads, Orlando, Picatinny, Huntsville, Patuxent, Virtual Site, Northeast
Major Code: 8401 Degree Awarded: Master of Public Administration
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Online, Off-site Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Hampton Roads, Huntsville, Lakehurst, Orlando, Patuxent, Picatinny, Spaceport - COB, Virtual Site
Admission Materials: GMAT, GRE recommended  

The goal of the Master of Public Administration is to prepare individuals for advanced leadership positions in the private, public and military sectors with specific skills and competencies in public administration.

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the Master of Public Administration program must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. The bachelor's degree need not be in public or business administration; however, applicants may be assigned academic prerequisites to complete based on deficiencies in their undergraduate studies preparation.

The GRE or GMAT may be required for admission evaluation purposes. General admission requirements and the process for applying are discussed in the Academic Overview section. Individuals who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The MPA is conferred on students who have successfully completed 33 credit hours of graduate work plus other course requirements as listed on the student's approved graduate program plan. Students without adequate undergraduate background will be required to complete all or part of the program prerequisites. Students who do not select an area of concentration may choose elective courses with the approval of both the faculty advisor and the academic unit head.

Program Prerequisite

Prerequisite is noncredit for this program.

  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0

Note: Computer literacy is required as a prerequisite. It can be demonstrated by the applicant's undergraduate coursework, passing a proficiency examination offered by the extended studies department or by completing a suitable computer course.

Required Courses
  • MGT 5000 Financial Accounting
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5003 Public Finance
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5013 Organizational Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5034 Law, Technology and Society
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5035 Public Administration and Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5040 Public Program Policy and Evaluation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5142 Business, Government and Public Policy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5231 Government Contract Law
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MGT 5901 Master of Public Administration Capstone Project
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Electives Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 33

Students who do not select an area of concentration may choose electives from other graduate-level offerings in business, or other related disciplines, with the approval from both the faculty advisor and the cognizant academic unit head.