MPA Course of Study

Core Requirements

All MPA degree students must complete 42 semester hours of course work earning no grade below C (C- is not acceptable) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be awarded the MPA degree. All MPA students must complete the following 30-hour core curriculum. For descriptions of the core courses, go to the FAU Graduate Catalog.

Curriculum Area and Core Courses
Introduction to Public Administration* PAD 6053*
Public Organization Theory
Organizations and Administrative Behavior OR PAD 6106
Organizational Change & Public Management PAD 6152
Public Financial Management
Seminar in Public Budgeting Techniques OR PAD 6227
Seminar in Public Financial Administration PAD 6207
Public Personnel
Seminar in Public Personnel Administration OR PAD 6417
Labor Relations in Government PAD 6427
Public Policy
Public Administration and Public Policy OR PAD 6036
Seminar in Administrative Policy Making PAD 6035
Analytical Techniques
Applied Methods I**
PAD 6701**
Analytical Methods
Applied Methods II*** OR PAD 6706***
Program Review and Analysis*** PAD 6327***
Law and Procedures
Administrative Law and Procedures OR PAD 6605
Regulation PAD 6612
Ethics and Democratic Values
Administrative Ethics OR PAD 6471
Democratic Values and Public Administration PAD 6042
Capstone Seminar
Capstone Seminar in Public Administration**** PAD 6139****

*This course must be taken within the first 12 semester hours of the student's program.
** Undergraduate statistics is a prerequisite for Applied Methods 1.
*** Applied Methods 1 is the prerequisite for Applied Methods 2 and Program Review and Analysis.
**** The capstone course can be taken only by students who have been accepted into the M.P.A. program. The course must be taken during the last semester of the student's program, unless otherwise approved by the MPA Coordinator and the instructor.

Elective Courses

The remaining 12 hours are electives. As part of the 12 hours, students who don't have any public sector experience must complete a one-semester, 20-hour-per-week internship, while registered for the accompanying Government Internship course, PAD 6941. For more information about the Government Internship, click here.

Course Descriptions

For a complete list of School of Public Administration master’s level courses click here.

Course Form

In order for students to keep track of their course of study, we have developed a course form. Click here to get your copy.

Course Schedule

For course scheduling information click here.

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