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Master of Public Administration

local government concentration - mpa degree plan.

Advisors: Bob Blair

Thirteen courses (39 graduate credit hours) are required for the MPA degree. Students complete the program by first taking the beginning core courses, then taking specialization courses. As students complete their concentration courses, they complete the ending core courses.

Note: Click on a course name to view a sample syllabi, if available. Please note that these syllabi are generic and should not be considered the final syllabi for any specific term or section of this course. Contact the instructor with any questions.

Beginning Core


Ending Core


Required courses

PA 8436 Municipal Administration
PA 8480 Public Finance Administration or PA 8400 Public Budgeting
PA 8410 Public Human Resource Management

Elective courses (3 hours)

PA 8030 Internship
PA 8040 Internship
UBNS 8060 Introduction to Urban Planning
PA 8110 Management Information Systems
PA 8400 Public Budgeting
PA 8470 Administrative Ethics and Leadership
PA 8566 Intergovernmental Management
PA 8600 Administrative Law
PA 8616 Municipal Law
UBNS 8020 Race, Ethnicity, and American Urban Culture
AVN 8020 Survey of Aviation Administration and Transportation Policy
AVN 8095 Airport Administration and Planning
AVN 8100 Seminar in Public Administration
CIVE 8610 Urban Transportation Planning
CRP 8006 Introduction to Planning
GEOG 8126 Urban Geography
ECN 8850 Seminar in Urban Economics
PA 8990 Capstone Project (Students admitted Fall 2011 and beyond will complete the Capstone Project as an ending core course.)