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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Overview

What insights and skills will you need to manage public policy programs? How will you handle the economic and social factors that drive behavior in the public sector? If you are interested in advanced leadership studies in the public and non-profit sectors, this program offers exceptional training.

The Western International University (West) Master of Public Administration program furnishes students with the ability to exercise responsible and ethical leadership in a public service setting. It is designed to provide the theoretical, professional, and practical skills needed for success in today’s dynamic environment. Graduates of the program will have the ability to plan, execute, evaluate, and communicate in the public policy domain. These skills are critical for leading government agencies (local, state, federal, tribal), non-profits, research, and advocacy groups.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate professional behaviors and skills through effective communication, leadership, and innovative decision making in the public sector.
  2. Develop effective approaches to manage the demand for services and resources within the public sector.
  3. Evaluate the boundaries and constraints in public management at the local, state, and federal levels.
  4. Implement optimal solutions to address the uncertainty of financial resources in governmental and non-profit agencies.
  5. Describe the major stakeholders in the budgetary process, how budgets are formulated, and the impact of public budgets at the local, state, and federal levels.
  6. Analyze the process of public policy implementation in the changing local, state, federal, and global environment.
  7. Evaluate the impact of legal precedents regarding the variety of structural, political, and policy settings in which governmental and non-profit agencies operate.
  8. Utilize an effective procurement operation based on ethical and legal parameters to manage performance and resources.

 

Required Coursework

MPA CORE REQUIREMENTS – 24 CREDITS

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS – 15 CREDITS
  • MPA 646 Procurement and Contract Administration
  • MPA 667 Public Finance: Politics of the Budgetary Process
  • MPA 650 Human Behavior and Resource Administration
  • MPA 642 Public Finance: Government Accounting and Control
  • MPA 670 Public Administrator and the Law
CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 39
*Indicates courses requiring a prerequisite. **Credits not applied toward degree requirements.