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The MPA program consists of 36 credit hours. Starting with the Fall 2012 semester, students in the MPA program will be required to complete a core curriculum of six courses (18 hours), a capstone seminar (3 hours) and 15 hours of elective courses in one of two specializations: public sector administration or nonprofit administration. Since most MPA students are working professionals attending school part-time, courses offered each term meet once per week in the evenings or are taught using a hybrid distance education format. Courses are offered each fall and spring semester and during the summer in four, five, eight, or 10-week sessions. Students who take two courses during the fall, spring, and summer can complete their MPA degree in two years.

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Download Checksheet for Master of Public Administration Required Courses: 36 hours

Core Curriculum (6 courses, 18 hours)

PA 601: Organizational Behavior, 3 hrs.
PA 606: Public Personnel Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 609: Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 618: Research Methods in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 632: Introduction to Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 653: Ethics in Public Administration, 3 hrs.

Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

PA 697: Capstone Seminar, 3 hrs.*

Choose from one of the two specializations (5 courses, 15 hours):

Public Sector Administration

PA 527: Urban Politics and Governance, 3 hrs.
PA 564: Environmental Politics and Policy, 3 hrs.
COMM 602: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication, 3 hrs.
COMM 613: Political Communication, 3 hrs.
COMM 621: Advanced Public Relations, 3 hrs.
PA 603: Technology Issues and E-Governance, 3 hrs.
PA 611: Leadership Skills in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 612: Connect with Southern Indiana, 3 hrs.
PA 614/COMM 614: Interpersonal Communications within Organizations, 3 hrs.
PA 615: Legal Aspects of Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 644: Policies and Processes in the Public Sector, 3 hrs.
PA 690: Special Topics in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 695: Internship in Public Agency, 3 hrs.
PA 698: Independent Study in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 699: Thesis in Public Administration, 6 hrs.*

Non-Profit Administration Specialization

COMM 602: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication, 3 hrs.
COMM 613: Political Communication, 3 hrs.
COMM 621: Advanced Public Relations, 3 hrs.
COMM 624: Nonprofit Advancement, 3 hrs.
PA 603: Technology Issues and e-Governance, 3 hrs.
PA 605: Foundations of Non-Profit Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 611: Leadership Skills in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 612: Connect with Southern Indiana, 3 hrs.
PA 614/COMM 614: Interpersonal Communications within Organizations, 3 hrs.
PA 615: Legal Aspects of Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 631: Fundraising and Volunteer Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 644: Policies and Processes in the Public Sector, 3 hrs.
PA 684: Grant Writing for Non-Profit Organizations, 3 hrs.
PA 690: Special Topics in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 695: Internship in Public Agency, 3 hrs.
PA 698: Independent Study in Public Administration, 3 hrs.
PA 699: Thesis in Public Administration, 6 hrs.*

*Note: Students who decide to complete a thesis project and enroll in PA 699: Thesis in Public Administration are exempt from taking PA 697: Capston in Public Administration, but will be required to take another elective course (3 hours) in one of the two specializations.