Masters of Public Administration
You can pursue the MPA degree at all three of CPAP’s campus locations. Learn more about choosing the campus ideal for your MPA education here.
Whether your career will take you into government (federal, state, or local), non-profits, or even a for-profit industry, CPAP MPAs emerge from their degree program with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start making a meaningful contribution to their organizations from day one and to continue to do so throughout their careers.
CPAP’s MPA curriculum is focused on three major areas: management (12 credit hours), public service (6 hours), and public policy (9 hours). The curriculum also has 9 hours of elective credits which allow students to focus their MPA on their desired area of study, whether through one of CPAP’s certificate programs or through selecting other graduate level university courses from other departments.
The course titles and descriptions provided here comprise the 9 “core courses” required for all CPAP MPA students as well as the final Portfolio course which students take prior to graduation. Elective courses (3 courses, 9 hours) can be filled either within the department or in other university departments and are not listed here.
This course is designed to complement the materials in PAPA 5315, Behavioral Skills for Managers, and PAPA 5316, System Skills for Public Managers. The premise is that in order to understand and apply the skills of public administration and the systems within which administrators work, it is essential to understand the dynamics of public administration and democracy. The course covers the origins and development of the administrative state and surveys major theoretical approaches to public administration. The problem of values in administration, the political environment of bureaucracy, and questions of ethical behavior in administration are discussed.
The core focus of this course is to help you develop a mindset about what might be termed “strategic methodology,” a personal sensitivity for the use of theoretical perspectives, evidence and systematic inquiry to help you contribute to strategic decision making at the policy level.
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