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Public Administration

  1. Description
  2. Application
  3. Curriculum
  4. Tuition

Curriculum: The UIS MPA Program involves 40 credit hours of course work, a total of 10 courses, half of which are core courses. The material covered in the core courses is designed to provide professional-level competence in each of the five basic areas of public administration. The core courses are:

  • PAD 501- Introduction to the Profession
  • PAD 502 - Organization Dynamics
  • PAD 503 - Analytical Tools
  • PAD 504 - Budget and Finance
  • PAD 505 - Human Resource Management
MPA students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours of core course work during the first 20 credit hours in the program. It is to the studentís advantage to complete all core requirements before taking advanced elective work. Students are also advised to try to take the courses in order, 501 to 505, to the degree to which their schedules allow, since the later courses build on topics covered in the earlier courses.

Closure Requirement

All MPA majors take PAD 571-Capstone, a four-credit course to complete the degree. This course is designed to synthesize the topics you have studied across the public administration curriculum, and is generally taken in the last semester of study. The faculty strongly recommends that majors enroll in the Capstone Seminar after completing PAD 501-505; however, majors may enroll simultaneously in the Capstone Seminar with no more than one core course yet to be completed during their last semester in the degree.


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