The Public Management Specialization is designed to provide public and nonprofit sector managers 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.  These subjects and associated skills are important for effective management in local, state, and federal agencies, and for leadership in the nonprofit sector.

For information, contact the MPA Graduate Program Director Dr. Angie McGuire at or call 848-932-4750.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 42 credits of course work.

  1. Seven Core of Common Knowledge courses (21 credits)
  2. Three Public Management Specialization courses (9 credits)
  3. Internship (3 credits; see below)
  4. Three or four Elective courses, or Elective Policy Focus (9 or 12 credits)

Core of Common Knowledge (21 credits)

56:834:501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
56:834:503 Law and Public Policy
56:834:515 Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance
56:834:525 Public and Nonprofit Management
56:834:535 Research Methods
56:834:557 Human Resources Management
56:834:675 Capstone Research Workshop (prerequisite: all core courses)

Public Management Specialization (9 credits)

56:834:505 Organizational Behavior
56:834:536 Public Information Systems
56:834:553 Financial Management of Public Programs

Public Management Internship (3 credits)

56:834:541 Internship I (required unless waived by the MPA Graduate Director)

Electives or Policy Focus (9 or 12 credits)

See List of Electives or choose Policy Focus

Students interested in an additional program focus may structure their elective courses in one of two policy areas, Education Policy or International Public Service and Development.

Specialization Worksheet

Download a PDF of the current Public Management Specialization Worksheet.

Students admitted prior to Summer 2017 may elect to use the requirements in place at the time of admission.  

To see the 2015 Public Management requirements, download a PDF of the Public Management 2015 Specialization Worksheet.