Master of Public Administration

Develop your leadership expertise with a strong foundation in public service values.

Launched in 1982, the Master of Public Administration was the first graduate degree offered at Park University. Our values-grounded, liberal arts-based professional master’s program is designed to develop your leadership skills. You’ll build your knowledge base, decision-making capabilities, critical thinking and governing expertise across government, business, industry and nonprofit sectors.

 

  • Kansas City Metro
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Online
  • Lenexa, KS

Required – 36 Hours, 3.0 GPA

PA 501 Public Affairs Concepts and Theory . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

PA 502 Public Affairs Methodology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

Areas of Concentration and Requirements

Required courses (9 cr.)

DEM 588 Current Issues in Homeland Security. . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

DEM 589 Theoretical Perspectives of Terrorism. . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

PA 630 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

Criminal Justice Electives (6cr)

PA 513 Policy Development, Evaluation, and Impact for Public Organizations

-OR-. . . . . .  . . . 3 cr.

PA 552 Public Policy and Disaster

PA 564 Budgeting and Finances of Public Organizations

-OR-. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

PA 594 Financial Management for Nonprofit/Community Organizations

Cross Sector Course or Internship (1-4 cr.)

PA 504 Independent Study in Public Affairs . . . . . . .  . .1-4 cr.

Three theory courses (9 cr.)

DEM 551 Principles of Disaster and Emergency Management.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

DEM 552 Public Policy and Disaster. . . . . .  . . 3 cr.

DEM 553 Disaster and Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

Choose three of the following theory/practice integration courses (6 cr.)

DEM 557 Continuity of Operations in Public and Private Sectors. . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

DEM 558 Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources in Disaster and Emergency Management. . . . . 3 cr.

DEM 559 Global Comparative Emergency Management . . . . . . . 3 cr.

DEM 582 Disaster, Disease and Public Health. . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

DEM 588 Current Issues in Homeland Security . . . . . .  . . . 3 cr.

DEM 589 Theoretical Principles of Terrorism . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

Three theory courses (9 cr.)

PA 521 Business, Government, and Global Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

PA 524 Global Comparative Public Administration and Policy. . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

PA 525 Global Comparative Public Budget and Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

Choose two of the following theory/practice integration courses (6 cr.)

PA 537 Global Sustainable Development. . . .  . . . . 3 cr.

PA 538 Global Conflict and Dispute Resolution. . .  . . . . . 3 cr.

PA 545 Management of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations . . . 3 cr.

PA 503 Emerging Issues in Public Affairs. . .  . . . . . . 3 cr.

Required courses (12 cr.)

MIS 603 Information Security and Risk Management. . . .  . . . . . . 3 cr.

MIS 605 Management Information Systems . . . . .  . . . . . . . 3 cr.

MIS 609 Database Management Systems. . . . . . .. . . . . 3 cr.

MIS 614 Data Analysis and Business Analytics. . . . .  . . . . . 3 cr.

Choose one and PA 504 (pre-service) or two (in-service) of the following (6 cr.)

PA 511 Public Management………3 cr.
PA 512 The Environment of Public Organizations………3 cr.
PA 513 Policy Development, Evaluation, and Impact for Public Organizations………3 cr.

Required courses (12 cr.)

PM 690 Integration, Scope, and Quality Management. . . . . . . . 3 cr.

PM 691 Time and Cost Management. . . . . . 3 cr.

PM 692 Communications, Risk, and Stakeholder Management. . . . . . 3 cr.

PM 693 Human Resources and Procurement Management. . . . . . . . . . 3 cr.

Choose one and PA 504 (pre-service) or two (in-service) of the following (6 cr.)

PA 511 Public Management………3 cr.
PA 512 The Environment of Public Organizations………3 cr.
PA 513 Policy Development, Evaluation, and Impact for Public Organizations………3 cr.

Three 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 Public Organizations.. . . 3 cr.

Choose three of the following theory/practice integration courses (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.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or the equivalent from an international institution, with at least a 2.75 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). Official transcripts must be provided.
  • A résumé which outlines the applicant’s academic and employment history, including names of organizations, position titles, a description of key duties and responsibilities, and periods of employment.
  • A statement of in-service or pre-service status to determine need for an internship. (Form will be provided by the MPA advisors.)
  • Additional information may be requested if needed.

Note: Alumni of Park University do not need to submit official transcripts and will have their application fee waived. 

Master of Public Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Our Master of Public Administration is a cross-sector degree with broad applications in a rapidly changing global community. This program graduates leaders who make a difference in their communities and in the world.

Careers

  • City Manager
  • Police Commissioner
  • Urban Planner
  • Elected Official
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Program Highlights

Leadership in a global world

Park University is home to one of the premier public affairs schools in the region, the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. We recognize public affairs as the field of study that builds upon the interrelationships among the activities of government (at all levels), all sectors of society, and other elements of social and economic systems, locally and throughout the world. Today’s leaders must view government and administration from this broad, cross-sector perspective.


Concentrations

As a master’s candidate in this program, you’ll select an area of concentration:

  • Public Management
  • Global Governance
  • Nonprofit and Community Services Management
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Project Management
  • Management Information Systems

Internships and capstone experience

If you have less than two years of professional experience in your field, you’ll complete an internship, which allows you to apply your academic learning to direct service. (Students who have been working in their area of concentration can petition for a waiver). MPA students also have the opportunity to take part in a 10-day service learning experience abroad, as well as pursue independent study.

 

Faculty

Through their research and teaching, Master of Public Administration faculty members are committed to the department’s vision of graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity worldwide.


 

Dr. James Vanderleeuw

Professor of Public Administration
james.vanderleeuw@park.edu

Dr. Melanie Smith

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
msmith@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.