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Degree Requirements

Master of Public Administration Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires all incoming students to be computer and information literate. Students should be comfortable operating a computer for such basic tasks as word processing, Internet searching, file downloading and e-mailing. Competence in a specific computer application program, such as Microsoft Excel, is stipulated as a prerequisite for enrollment in some courses.


This 42-credit program requires the following:

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • Public Personnel and Human Resource Management (PUAD 621)
  • Public Budgeting and Fiscal Administration (PUAD 622)
  • Bureaucracy and the Political Process (PUAD 623)
  • Public Organization Theory (PUAD 624)
  • Innovations in Public Management (PUAD 625)
  • Information Resource Management (PUAD 626)
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Public Administration (PUAD 627)
  • Statistical Applications in Public Administration (PUAD 628)
    (This is a prerequisite to PUAD 629 and 630.)
  • Public Program Evaluation (PUAD 629)
  • Analytical Techniques in Public Administration (PUAD 630)
  • Problem-Solving Seminar in Public Administration (PUAD 798)
    (You can enroll in this course only once you have successfully completed all core courses, except PUAD 626, and you have the program director's permission to do so. You must achieve a grade of B [3.0] or better in this course to graduate.)

M.P.A. Specializations (9 credits)

Upon approval of the program director or your adviser, you can pursue a specialization by completing three courses in one of the following areas:

  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Health-Care Policy and Administration
  • Budgeting and Fiscal Administration
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
    (the only specialization available at the Universities at Shady Grove and through the online M.P.A. program).

You can also choose to design your own specialization. Specialization courses may be selected from the following:

  • Public Administration and Public Finance (PUAD 701)
  • Public Financial Management (PUAD 702)
  • Urban Management (PUAD 703)
  • Managing Diversity (PUAD 704)
  • Special Topics in Public Administration (PUAD 705)
  • Government and Aging Policy (PUAD 708)
  • Individual Research, 1-4 credits (PUAD 709)
  • Urban Politics and Policy Planning (PUAD 720)
  • State and Local Personnel Management (PUAD 730)
  • Public Employee Union Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (PUAD 731)
  • Leadership and Organizational Change (PUAD 732)
  • Managing Public-Sector Projects (PUAD 733)
  • Strategic Planning (PUAD 734)
  • Administrative Law and Regulation (PUAD 740)
  • Health-Care Systems, Organization and Management (PUAD 750)
  • Policy Issues in Health Care (PUAD 751)
  • Special Topics in Public Health Administration (PUAD 752)
  • Health Administration (PUAD 755)
  • Managed-Care Administration (PUAD 756)
  • Strategic Management for Health Care (PUAD 757)
  • Regulatory Policy and Administration (PUAD 760)
  • Environmental Policy and Administration (PUAD 761)
  • Public Policymaking (PUAD 763)
  • Public Policy Implementation (PUAD 764)
  • Government-Business Cooperation in Community Development (PUAD 770)
  • Intergovernmental Administration (PUAD 775)
  • Political Economy of Nonprofit Organizations (PUAD 777)
  • Public Information Management: Organizational and Policy Issues (PUAD 780)
  • Information Technology: Public-Sector Applications (PUAD 781)
  • Public-Sector Performance Measurement (PUAD 785)
  • Activity-Based Costing for Public Administrators (PUAD 786)
  • Business Process Re-engineering in the Public Sector (PUAD 789)
  • Advanced Quantitative Techniques in Public Administration (PUAD 795)

Internship (PUAD 790), possible 3 credits

If you have not had any significant public-sector work experience, you must take a 3-credit internship in addition to the other requirements.

as of fall 2014