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Department of Public Administration and Policy

Master of Public Administration and Policy (Online)

The online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) provides students with analytical, contextual, ethical, and substantive skills and knowledge to advise public policy and lead public programs in government and the nonprofit and private sectors in the United States and abroad.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission decisions are based on each applicant's academic record, two letters of recommendation, test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and an essay written by the applicant on his or her background and career interests. Applicants may substitute test scores from similar tests, such as the GMAT or LSAT, for the GRE where appropriate. Applicants who received their undergraduate degree more than eight years prior to their date of application may waive the requirement for test scores by submitting a statement describing their professional experience. The department values applicants who have acquired practical experience before beginning their professional degree program. Admission decisions are based on each applicant's total record and not on any single strength or deficiency.

Program Requirements

  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Capstone experience: requirement completed through assignments in PUAD-688 Policy Practicum

Course requirements

  • PUAD 612 Introduction to Public Administration & the Policy Process
  • PUAD 626 Legal Issues in Public Administration
  • PUAD 606 Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • PUAD 630 Public Managerial Economics
  • PUAD 633 Budgeting and Financial Management
  • PUAD 684 Organizational Analysis
  • PUAD 665 Managing Human Capital Assets
  • PUAD 650 Leadership in a Changing Workplace
  • PUAD 605 Quantitative Methods for Public Managers
  • PUAD 604 Public Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 617 Project Management
  • PUAD 688 Policy Practicum


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