Master of Public Affairs—Hauptmann School of Public Affairs
The MPA degree with a concentration in public management prepares students for careers in public organizations, including local, state and federal agencies, and government contracting organizations. The concentration prepares students to analyze contemporary public management challenges from multiple perspectives and through the lens of public service values. Students are also exposed to the theoretical and practical framework needed to lead and manage public organization.
Topics include the management philosophy of public organizations, management strategy, organizational behavior, citizen participation, the relationship between politics and administration, program evaluation, public policy, administrative leadership, personnel, budgeting, and administrative law.
Recent graduates have secured positions as city managers/administrators and in law enforcement. Others continue to serve in the military or are pursuing doctorates in the field. Additional information regarding employment and salary trends in the fields of public affairs, public administration, and public policy can be found at the following Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration website: http://www.naspaa.org/students/careers/salary.asp
The area coordinator is Dr. Becky Stuteville, MPA Program Director. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She served for 17 years with the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development. She can be contacted at Rebekkah.Stuteville@park.edu.
The civic leader is Anne Swafford, who served with the City of Kansas City, Missouri most of her career. She is also past-president of the American Society of Public Administration (national). She can be contacted at Anne.Swafford@park.edu
|MPA CURRICULUM (2013-2014 Catalog)||Hours|
|Core Courses||18 cr.|
|PA||501*||Public Affairs Concepts and Theory (16 weeks)||3 cr.|
|PA||502*||Public Affairs Methodology (16 weeks)||3 cr.|
|PA||508||Research and Analysis||3 cr.|
|PA||509||Leadership Development and Organizations||3 cr.|
|PA||600||Ethical Foundations of Authority and Responsibility||3 cr.|
|PA||602*||Seminar in Public Affairs (16 weeks)||3 cr.|
|PUBLIC MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION COURSES||15 cr.|
|Theory Courses||9 cr.|
|PA||511||Public Management||3 cr.|
|PA||512||The Environment of Public Organizations||3 cr.|
|PA||513||Policy Development, Evaluation and Impact for Organizations (16 weeks)||3 cr.|
|Theory/Practice Integration Courses (select three)||6 cr.|
|PA||562||Administrative Leadership||2 cr.|
|PA||563||Personnel Systems of Public Organizations||2 cr.|
|PA||564||Budgeting and Finances of Public Organizations||2 cr.|
|PA||566||Administrative Law and Public Organizations||2 cr.|
|CROSS-SECTOR COURSES||3 cr.|
*16 week courses
Students are encouraged to take PA 501 and PA 508 before enrolling in other courses. PA 501 and PA 508 provide a foundation for understanding the field of public affairs and academic skills needed in MPA coursework.