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Program Description

 
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The requirement for the MPA is 40 credits. All required courses are offered during weekday evenings and, in some cases, on Saturdays. If students successfully carry a full time class load of 8 credits, it will be possible to complete the program in two calendar years or five semesters, starting in the fall of one year and ending in the spring/summer of the next academic year.

Core requirement courses 24 Credits
Electives (generalist or concentration) 12 Credits
Internship or Master's Project 4 Credits
Total Program 40 Credits

Foundation Requirements

Program director will review undergraduate transcript to determine if these courses are needed. They are not required of all students entering the program and are not included in the 40 credit program total.

  • PA 522 - Research Perspective and Techniques
  • PA 524 - Introduction to Government and Nonprofit Accounting
  • PA 526 - Government and the Economy

Core Requirement Courses - 24 Credits

The following core courses are required. The core 24 credits must be taken at Oakland University unless prior departmental written permission is obtained.

PA 601 Foundations of Public Administration
4 Credits
PA 620 Quantitative Methods in Public Administration 4 Credits
PA 621 Public Sector Information Systems Management
4 Credits
PA 653 Public Budgeting and Finance 4 Credits
PA 654 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
4 Credits
PA 655 Program and Policy Evaluation
4 Credits

Total Core Credits 24 credits

Electives - 12 Credits. The program is structured to provide a focus of 12 elective credits on top of the generalist core. Master of Public Administration students do not need to concentrate. Any 12 credit hours from the list below will serve toward degree completion. Anyone choosing to concentrate must take all 12 elective credits in their concentration of study. See separate concentrations below for electives applicable to each concentration. Several electives can be applied to more than one concentration.

PA 503 Intergovernmental Relations 4 Credits
PA 510 Nonprofit Organization & Management 4 Credits
PA 511 Fundraising and Philanthropy 4 Credits
PA 535 Economic Development: Theory & Practice 4 Credits
PA 540 Court Administration 4 Credits
PA 541 Law and Public Policy 4 Credits
PA 542 Law and Administration: Local Perspectives 2 Credits
PA 543 Law and Administration: State Perspectives 2 Credits
PA 548 Administrative Ethics 2 Credits
PA 559 Public Policy and Health Care 4 Credits
PA 560 Organization and Management of Criminal Justice Agencies 4 Credits
PA 561 Law Enforcement Leadership 4 Credits
PA 562 Security Leadership 4 Credits
PA 563 Corrections Leadership 4 Credits
PA 568 Health Planning: Policies and Processes 4 Credits
PA 569 Organization & Administration of Health Care Programs 4 Credits
PA 602 Public Administration: Issues and Problems 4 Credits
PA 603 Contemporary Public Management Techniques 4 Credits
PA 610 Strategic Planning 4 Credits
PA 630 Local Government Management 4 Credits
PA 631 Grants: Politics and Administration 2 or 4 Credits
PA 634 Risk Management 2 Credits
PA 638 Public Sector Employee Relations 2 or 4 Credits
PA 640 Advanced Court Administration 4 Credits
PA 644 Current Issues in Public Sector Human Resources Management 2 or 4 Credits
PA 657 Workshop in Capital Budgeting 2 Credits
PA 660 Public Administration Workshop 2 or 4 Credits
PA 669 Community Planning and Zoning 4 Credits
PA 691 Directed Readings 2 or 4 credits 
PA 692 Special Topics in Public Administration 2 or 4 credits 
PA 693 Special Topics in Public Policy 2 or 4 credits

Concentrations

Each concentration of study is 12 credits with one specific course (4 credits) as the required core course per concentration.

Court Administration - 12 Credits

Core Course: PA 540, Court Administration.
Choose an additional 8 credits from the following courses:

PA 503 Intergovernmental Relations 
 (4)
PA 541 Law and Public Policy
 (4)
PA 542 Law and Administration: Local Perspectives
 (2)
PA 543 Law and Administration: State Perspectives
 (2)
 PA 548 Administrative Ethics
 (2)
 PA 603 Contemporary Public Management Techniques
 (4)
 PA 610 Strategic Planning
 (4)
 PA 634 Risk Management
 (2)
 PA 638 Public Sector Employee Relations
 (4)
 PA 640 Advanced Court Administration
 (4)
 PA 644 Current Issues in Public Sector Human Resources Management
 (2)

Criminal Justice Leadership - 12 Credits

Core Course: PA 560, Organization and Management of Criminal Justice Agencies.
Choose an additional 8 credits from the following courses:

PA 503 Intergovernmental Relations
(4)
PA 540 Introduction to Court Administration
(4)
PA 541 Law and Public Policy (4)
PA 548 Administrative Ethics (2)
PA 561 Law Enforcement Leadership (4)
PA 562 Security Leadership (4)
PA 563 Corrections Leadership (4)
PA 603 Contemporary Public Management Techniques (4)
PA 610 Strategic Planning (4)
PA 634 Risk Management
(2)
PA 638 Public Sector Employee Relations (4)
PA 644 Current Issues in Public Sector Human Resources Management  (2)

Health Care Administration - 12 Credits

Course Course: PA 569, Organization and Administration of Health and
Medical Care Programs.
 
Choose an additional 8 credits from the following courses:

PA 548 Administrative Ethics (2)
PA 559 Public Policy and Health Care (4)
PA 568 Health Planning: Policies and Processes (4)
PA 603 Contemporary Public Management Techniques (4)
PA 610 Strategic Planning (4)
PA 634 Risk Management (2)
PA 638 Public Sector Employee Relations (4)
PA 644 Current Issues in Public Sector Human Resources Management (2)

Local Government Management - 12 Credits 

Core Course: PA 630, Local Government Management. 
Choose an additional 8 credits from the following courses:

PA 503 Intergovernmental Relations
(4)
PA 535 Economic Development: Theory & Practice (4)
PA 541 Law and Public Policy (4)
PA 542 Law and Administration: Local Perspectives (2)
PA 543 Law and Administration: State Perspectives (2)
PA 548 Administrative Ethics
(2)
PA 602 Public Administration: Issues and Problems (4)
PA 603 Contemporary Public Management Techniques (4)
PA 610 Strategic Planning (4)
PA 631 Grants: Politics and Administration (2)
PA 634 Risk Management (2)
PA 638 Public Sector Employee Relations (4)
PA 644 Current Issues in Public Sector Human Resources Management (2)
PA 669 Community Planning and Zoning (4)

Nonprofit Organization and Management - 12 Credits

Core Course: PA 510, Nonprofit Organization and Management. 
Choose an additional 8 credits from the following courses:

PA 503 Intergovernmental Relations
(4)
PA 511 Fundraising and Philanthropy (4)
PA 535 Economic Development: Theory & Practice (4)
PA 548 Administrative Ethics (2)
PA 603 Contemporary Public Management Techniques (4)
PA 610 Strategic Planning (4)
PA 631 Grants: Politics and Administration (2)
PA 634 Risk Management (2)
PA 644 Current Issues in Public Sector Human Resources Management (2)


As a capstone, choose one of the following:

PA 690 Master's Project (4)

OR -

PA 658 Internship (4)


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