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Master of Public Administration Program Curriculum

Required Courses
Electives
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Required MPA Courses

Students should combine required (core) classes, with elective classes of interest. Required classes are offered at least once each year, and many are offered twice each year.

PAD 6041 Ethics and Public Service
PAD 6060 Public Administration Theory and Practice
PAD 6227 Public Budgeting
PAD 6275 Political Economy for Public Managers
PAD 6307 Policy Analysis, Implementation and Program Evaluation
PAD 6417 Human Resources Management
PAD 6703 Quantitative Aids for Public Managers
PAD 6710 Public Information Management

Capstone Course
PAD 6056 The Practice of Public Management
This is an integrative course that applies the skills, knowledge and values taught in the core curriculum, to public issues or problems. To be eligible for this course, it must be either the student’s 14th or 15th course within the program to include at least eight of the nine required (core) classes.

  • PAD 6060 Public Administration Theory and Practice cannot be taken simultaneously with the Practice of Public Management.
  • To register for this course, students must first request a graduation check from the MPA Director or Program Assistant. Once the graduation check has been completed, a permit will be issued to the student to register. It is the student's responsibility to register for classes.

Internships

All pre-service students, defined as those students who are not currently employed in or do not have at least 5 years past experience in a relevant professional post, must complete a three-credit internship (PAD 6946). Students must consult with the program director at least one semester in advance of their internship placement. All placements must be approved by the director.

In-service students are in most cases eligible for a waiver of this requirement. All internship waivers must be approved by the program director at least one semester prior to graduation.

ELECTIVES

Electives may be offered only once in a 1-2 year cycle. If an elective is missed, there may not be another opportunity to take it before graduation. Consult the MPA Director for guidance on course selection.

General Public Management

PAD 5035 Issues in Public Administration and Public Policy
PAD 5333 Concepts and Issues in Public Planning
PAD 5605 Administrative Law and Regulation
PAD 5807 Administration of Urban Affairs (Urban and Local Government Administration)
PAD 5836 Comparative Public Administration
PAD 5044 Environment of Public Administration
PAD 6101 Public Organizations
PAD 6105 Public Organizational Change
PAD 6207 Public Financial Administration
PAD 6222 Issues in Florida Budgeting and Finance
PAD 6427 Public Sector Labor Relations
PAD 6134 Project Management
URP 6056 City and Regional Planning
PAD 6231 Resource Development Fundraising and Grantsmanship
PAD 6335 Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PAD 6934 (Any Special Topics Course)


Students may choose to select a subset of courses which focus on a particular area. Below are some suggestions.

Public Organizational Management

PAD 5044 Environment of Public Administration
PAD 6101 Public Organizations
PAD 6105 Public Organizational Change
PAD 6427 Public Sector Labor Relations

Students may choose relevant electives from other disciplines such as Management, Psychology, and Communication with the consent of the MPA Director.

Budgeting and Financial Management

PAD 6207 Public Financial Administration
PAD 6222 Issues in Florida Budgeting and Finance
PAD 5807 Urban and Local Government Administration

It is recommended that PAD 6227, Public Budgeting, be taken before PAD 6207 and PAD 6222.
Students may choose relevant electives from other disciplines such as Finance, Accounting and Economics, with the consent of the MPA Director.

Nonprofit Administration

PAD 6146 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Social Innovation for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PAD 6231 Resource Development: Fundraising and Grantsmanship
PAD 6208 Financial Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations

Students may choose relevant electives from other disciplines such as Social Work, Sociology, Criminology, Public Health, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Women's Studies, Marketing, Mass Communications, Environmental Science, and Political Science, with the consent of the MPA Director.