Master of Public Administration (MPA)


George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology

 

Program Description

The MPA is designed to provide a developmental framework for those interested in leadership and management in the public service. It examines the public and non-profit sectors of society, with an analysis of management techniques and the leadership experience used in applying these techniques to public policy decision-making. The curriculum seeks to examine in depth the nature of public servants, the tools at their disposal, and various roles in public organizations.

The Walker School of Business & Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for BS, BA, MBA, MA, MS, and doctoral programs in the Business and Management departments.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in the field of public administration.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in the field of public administration when analyzing complex factual situations.
  • Students will be able to effectively integrate (or synthesize) important facts, concepts, principles, and theories in the field of public administration when developing solutions to multifaceted public administration problems in complex factual situations.

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Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the master of public administration (MPA) must include the following courses for a major in public administration:

  • PADM 5000 Public Administration (required course) (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • PADM 5820 Planning and Evaluation (3 hours)
  • PADM 5830 Administrative Law and Processes (3 hours)
  • PADM 5840 Budgetary Theory and Analysis (3 hours)
  • PADM 5850 Research and Assessment in Public Administration (3 hours)
  • PADM 5870 Public Personnel Management (3 hours)
  • PADM 5890 Public Policy and Administration (3 hours)
  • PADM 6000 Integrated Studies in Public Administration (3 hours)

In addition, the student chooses 9 credit hours of elective courses offered from the program curricula of other George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology majors.

If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major or from the program curriculum of another George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology major.

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Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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