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MPA Public Management Specialization

The public management specialization is designed to provide public employees or those preparing for service in the public sector with essential knowledge and skills in administration, budgeting and finance, communications, information systems, law, leadership, personnel, and policy analysis that are important for effective management in local, state, and federal agencies or nonprofit organizations.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of 42 credits course work.
  2. Eighteen (18) credits Core of Common Knowledge courses
  3. Twelve (12) credits of Public Management specialization courses
  4. Three (3) credits of Internship (unless exempted by MPA Director)
  5. Three (3) credits of Final Capstone Research Workshop.
  6. Six to Nine (6-9) credits from specialized elective courses (student to choose)

Course of Study

Core of Common Knowledge – Required (18 Credits)
56:834:501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
56:834:503 Law and Public Policy
56:834:515 Introduction of Public Budgeting and Finance
56:834:525 Public and Nonprofit Management
56:834:535 Research Methods
56:834:536 Public Information Systems

Public Management Specialization – Required (12 Credits)
56:834:553 Financial Management of Public Programs
56:834:557 Human Resources Management
56:834:505 Organizational Behavior
56:834:559 Ethics in the Public Sector

Public Management Internship – Required (3 Credits)
56:834:541 Internship I (Required unless exempted by the MPA Director. Visit to learn more.)

Capstone Course – Required (3 Credits)
675 Research Workshop (prereq: 56:834:535 Research Methods)

Public Management Specialization Electives – Choose 2-3 courses (6-9 Credits)
56:834:558 Leadership and Communication
56:834:570 Labor Management Relations
56:834:xxx Any MPA courses with the prefix 56:834:xxx
56:834:600 Colloquiums (up to three)

Total 42 Credits

To download a copy of the Public Management Specialization Worksheet, click here.

Please contact the Faculty Coordinator for the MPA–Public Management specialization for more information on the program:

Angie McGuire, PhD, Program Director at, or call 732-932-6998 x603.