Public Administration - Master of Public Administration
The M.P.A. curriculum is built around a solid core of skills and knowledge for all public service or non-profit professionals. A range of electives and specializations are offered to enhance your capacity to achieve your full potential in your current position and to prepare you for the next step in your professional career.
With courses offered at our two campuses in Durham and Manchester, the M.P.A. curriculum gives you the flexibility of going to school full-time or fitting classes into your work schedule. Classes are offered in the early evenings, one evening per week, for 8 week or 16 week sessions.
Master of public administration students must complete a minimum of 36 or 39 credits for the degree.
Required courses include:
- Four basic core curriculum courses in foundations and theory, organization and management, statistical analysis, and the capstone internship or project (POLT 905, 906, 909, and the 908, Capstone). 12-15 credits. Students are expected to take POLT 906 Foundations and Theory in either their first fall semester.
- Three advanced core curriculum courses in finance and budgeting, human resources, labor relations, public or nonprofit management, administrative law, policy and program evaluation, leadership, performance management, or legal and policy-making environments (POLT 804, 808, 812, 898, 907, 911, 912, 914, 918). 9 credits
- Five electives in public administration, political science, or related discipline with adviser’s approval. 15 credits
- Two of the five required electives will be waived for students who have successfully completed Level II of the New Hampshire Certified Public Manager Program.
The capstone internship or project is the culmination of the student’s graduate work, applying academic knowledge with practical experience. Students without prior public or nonprofit sector professional experience are required to complete the 6-credit internship component of the capstone.
Core Courses (12 or 15 credits)
|POLT||905||Introduction to Statistical Analysis||3|
|POLT||906||Foundations & Theories of Public Administration||3|
|POLT||909||Organization & Management in Public and Non-Profit Sectors||3|
|Capstone: In-Service OR
Advanced Core Courses (9 credits)
Choose three from the following courses.
|POLT||804||Policy & Program Evaluation||3|
|POLT||907||Legal & Policy-making Environment in Public & Non-Profit Sectors||3|
|Public Management Techniques OR
Leadership Theory & Practice
|Human Resource Management in Public & Non-Profit Sectors OR
|POLT||914||Financial Management & Budgeting in Public & Non-Profit Sectors||3|
Electives Courses (15 credits)
|POLT||Five (5) courses. Combination of 800/900 level Public Administration or related discipline curriculum
(Approval of MPA advisor required for coursework outside of Political Science Department)
- 12 courses
- 36 three-credit Capstone
- 39 six-credit Capstone