Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management area of focus

Complete Coursework: As little as 18 months* Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $288 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management is designed to enhance the careers of law enforcement and public sector professionals in order to affordably achieve management-, director- or executive-level positions.

Unlike most MPAs, A-State’s 100% online program allows you to focus on specifics of management within public administration and gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities. The MPA Public Management offers courses that focus on the skills required for effective public administration, from managing people and money to resources and programs.

All Arkansas State online courses are taught by committed and professional faculty members and combine real world experience and academic expertise.

Within the MPA core courses, you will focus on areas of learning, including:

  • Developing dispositions, knowledge and skills for rigorous problem analysis and successful collaboration leading to comprehensive solutions
  • Building communities and social infrastructures through the use of clear communication and ethical and effective management techniques
  • Integrating theory and practice through authentic, performance-based field activities

Within the Public Management area of focus, you will:

  • Examine administrative structures and patterns of behavior in public sector organizations
  • Develop a theoretical and technical framework for understanding the fundamentals of policy analysis and evaluation and political processes
  • Gain an understanding of administrative methods associated with governmental revenues, expenditures and fiscal control of public organizations

Created by working professionals seeking to give back to their community, the Arkansas State University MPA program is fully accredited through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. With the capstone option, internships are strongly encouraged for all pre-service students. Internships are normally undertaken after a student has completed 18 credit hours. Internships are open only to students with a grade point average of no less than 3.0.

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MPA Guide 2014 Online Edition (.PDF)

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Textbook Information (.PDF)

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*In order to complete in 18 months, two courses must be taken each start and must begin program in the first session of the semester.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credit hours, which includes co-requisite courses (as required), MPA courses (21 hours) and Public Management area of focus courses (15 hours) listed below.

Course Listing

Co-Requisites
POSC 2103
Introduction to U.S. Government
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $699.00
American politics. The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
ECON 2333
Economic Issues and Concepts
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $699.00
Designed to give the student a basic understanding of our economic system. Basic economic concepts will be explored and contemporary economic problems and issues will be examined in light of the concepts learned.
MPA Courses
POSC 6003
Techniques of Political and Public Administration Research
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
Develops a working knowledge of the substance of contemporary research in political science and public administration and of alternative research strategies and techniques of data analysis in contemporary research.
POSC 6553
Public Budgeting and Finance
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
A study of political processes and administrative methods associated with governmental revenues, expenditures, and fiscal control of public organizations.
POSC 6563
Seminar in Public Administration
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
An examination of the development of public administration as a profession; its history, political environment, ethics, and its method.
POSC 6573
Grant Writing and Administration
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
Emphasis is placed on a step-by-step process through all stages of writing successful proposals and on providing technical expertise and knowledge through campus outreach efforts of faculty and students to strengthen the nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations that serve the local communities.
POSC 6593
Seminar in Human Resources Management
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
An examination of policies, procedures, strategies, laws and regulations implemented in human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations.
POSC 6613
Administrative Leadership
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
A study of the techniques and practices that successful managers employ to get their work done through politicians, subordinates, and citizens. Emphasis is placed on issues that are faced by first time managers.
POSC 6623
Administrative Ethics
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
An analysis of the theoretical, philosophical, and practical tools needed for making appropriate decisions in the role of an administrator in a public or not for profit organization.
Public Management area of focus
Must complete 15 credit hours, including choosing between POSC 6603 or POSC 6633.
POSC 6503
Public Financial Management
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
This course will emphasize financial planning and management in local government.
POSC 6533
Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
Provides a theoretical and technical framework for understanding the fundamentals of policy analysis and evaluation.
POSC 6543
Administrative Behavior
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
An examination of administrative structures and patterns of behavior in public sector organizations.
POSC 6603
Internship in Public Administration
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. With the capstone option, internships are strongly encouraged for all pre-service students. Internships are normally undertaken after a student has completed 18 credit hours. Internships are open only to students with a grade point average of no less than 3.0.
POSC 6633
Public Information Management
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
An analysis of how various governmental units juggle the competing demands of sound management and playing politics when devising communication strategies with emphasis placed on crisis management and how information is marketed for maximum impact.
POSC 6653
MPA Capstone Experience
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $864.00
Designed for students to construct a professional portfolio to showcase, in a single document, the skills, competencies, and knowledge they have developed over their time in the MPA program.

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