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MPA Curriculum (36 Credits)

The MPA curriculum is composed of three parts for a total of 36 credits:

  • Core Program (24 credits)
  • Professional Emphasis (9 credits)
  • Capstone Experience (3 credits)

MPA courses are offered on a Fixed Course Schedule in diverse delivery formats (face-to-face [5 Saturdays] and hybrid [3 Saturdays and 2 online] during Fall and Spring semesters, and hybrid and online during Summer semesters). 

Core Program (24 credits)

MPA students must complete eight (8) courses from the Core Program. With a strong foundation in academic theory and applied research, students will learn the tools of visionary, results-based leadership and effective management. 

The core courses include:

  • MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 715 Leadership and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPA 723 Organization Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • MPA 732 Analytic Methods in Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 734 Applied Economics for Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 742 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3 credits)
  • MPA 752 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (3 credits)

Professional Emphasis (9 credits)

MPA students select one of three emphases to complete the MPA program. Emphasis options include:  

  • General Public Administration
  • Health Agency Administration
  • Law Enforcement

General Public Administration Emphasis (9 credits)

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Students who emphasize general public administration within the MPA program need to select three of the following elective courses to fulfill their 9 credits of this professional emphasis:

  • MPA 718 Revisiting Bureaucracy (3 credits)
  • MPA 726 State and Local Government (3 credits)
  • MPA 727 Municipal Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 738 Intergovernmental Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 744 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 credits)
  • MPA 750 Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • MPA 751 Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • MPA 755 Managing Economic Development (3 credits)
  • MPA 760 Administrative Law (3 credit
  • MPA 796 Independent Study (3 credits)
  • MPA 797 Special Topics (e.g., Information Technology, Public Safety, Privatization) (3 credits)


  • Students who work or plan to work in nonprofit organizations are recommended to select MPA 744, MPA 750, and MPA 751.
  • Students may also select some healthcare administration courses (e.g., MPA 773 Health Care Policy) as part of their general public administration emphasis with adviser's approval. 
  • According to the Graduate Catalog of courses, an Independent Study is composed of "readings and written reports in areas not covered by current course offerings." Independent studies cannot be done in place of core courses. A student who wishes to pursue an independent study should consult with an MPA faculty and seek his or her permission.

Health Agency Administration Emphasis (9 credits)

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Students who emphasize Health Agency Administration within the MPA program must take the following three courses to fulfill their 9 credits of this professional emphasis:

  • MPA 729 Health Care Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 762 Health Care Administration Law (3 credits)
  • MPA 773 Health Care Policy (3 credits)


  • MPA 773 Health Care Policy will offered online during Summer 2016-Summer 2018 instead of Spring semesters. 

Law Enforcement Emphasis (9 credits)

Students who emphasize Law Enforcement within the MPA program must select either 340/540 CJ Police Administration or one MPA general public administration elective course and take two courses for a total of 6 credits at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) to fulfill their 9 credits of this professional emphasis:

  • 340/540 CJ Police Administration (3 credits) or MPA Elective Course (3 credits)
  • Two courses from FVTC (6 credits)


  • Transfer Credit Policy (4/2/2002): UWO MPA program will accept up to 6 credits from Criminal Justice Executive Development Institute (EDI), which is offered through the FVTC. In order for EDI students to receive graduate credit from UWO MPA program, they must: (1) meet all admission requirements for the MPA program, (2) complete the graduate track in EDI with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and (3) successfully complete the core curriculum (21 credits) of the MPA program. UWO will not award any graduate credit for EDI courses that do not satisfy the terms of this agreement. In addition, EDI credits must be transfered as a block and will not transfer individually.
  • We can accept EDI credits from FVTC only.  While other technical colleges may offer similar programs, we don't have articulated agreements with them.

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

At the end of the program, MPA students conduct a 3-credit research project. This can be in the form of: 


  • Prerequisites: Completion of core and professional emphasis courses or consent of instructor.
  • Read about the similarities and differences of the three culminating projects.
  • Contact your faculty adviser for a discussion of your choice.

Course Sequence

  • It is recommended that MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration is taken as a first course in the program. MPA 732 Analytic Methods in Public Administration and/or MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis should be taken at least a semester before MPA 780, MPA 792 and MPA 790, so that students can use knowledge from these courses to develop their research projects.
  • In order to complete the program in the least amount of time, students should plan to take core and professional emphasis courses concurrently. See sample plans to complete the degree, based on the fixed schedule.
  • It is recommended that students meet with the Department Chair or their selected adviser to develop a personalized course plan to complete the degree.
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