Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Graduate Courses for Spring 2020

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It is available online and at select U.S. campuses, but it is not available at the St. Louis home campus. Please see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Program Description

The master of public administration (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.

acbsp logoThe MPA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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.

Program Curriculum

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

  • 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.


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

Send all admissions materials to:

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

Applicants to the master of public administration (MPA) must have completed a business or business-related undergraduate degree meeting the following criteria:

  • University/college is regionally accredited
  • The business school must have a business-related accreditation (e.g. AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE, etc.)

Applicants who do not meet these qualifications must do one of the following:

  • Successfully complete BUSN 5000.
    • Note: BUSN 5000 will count as an elective in the program. This option is only available for students who are required to take BUSN 5000.
  • Complete all of the following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of C- or better (17 credit hours total, not including individual course prerequisites:
    • MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices
    • ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting
    • BUSN 2750 Introduction to Statistics
    • ECON 2000 Survey of Economics
    • MNGT 2500 Marketing
    • BUSN 3500 Business and Global Issues
    • BUSN 4500 Ethical Issues in Business

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B- or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.