Program Files

Assessment Plan (pdf)
SACS Report (pdf)
MPA Learning Competencies (pdf)

61 total enrolled students

Current Spring 2014Enrollment: 61

62% female

38% male

Racial diversity:  11.5% minority

Full time - taking 9 credit hours or more (36%)

Part time - taking less than 9 credit hours (64%)

264 alumni as of Summer 2013

Expected graduates (2013-2014) - 25

Awarded about 26 MPA degrees per year over the last 3 years


Core Requirements

Core Courses: 18 credit hours designed to provide the basic skilss needed by managers and policy analysts working in public and nonprofit organizations

  • PLS 500 - Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • PLS 501 - Quantitative Methods (3)
  • PLS 502 - Public Human Resources Development and Administration (3)
  • PLS 503 - Public Budgeting and Finance Administration (3)
  • PLS 505 - Policy Analysis (3)
  • PLS 595 - Capstone Seminar in Public Administration (3)

Internship/Practicum: 3 credit hour internship or practicum

  • PLS 594 - Practicum in Public Administration (3-6)
  • PLS 598 - Intership in Public Administration (3-6)

A waiver to the internship requirement may be granted when the student can democstrate a minimum of five years of significant management or policy-related professional experience or completes a comparable experience that the MPA director determines will be a suitable replacement for the requirement. Requests for a waiver must be made in writing and be approved by the MPA director. If the internship requirement is waived, the student is only required to complete 39 credit hours to graduate. The internship waiver can be found on the Student page, under Student Information on the right.

Applied Skill-Based Electives: 3 credit hours

For the complete list of applied skill-based electives, please see the Academic Catalog. Students should consult their adviors to select the appropriate course.

All students are required to pursue a concentrated area of study in:


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