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). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is needed to earn the MPA degree. All MPA students must complete the following 30-hour core curriculum.

Part-time MPA students take 1 or 2 courses a semester and those who are full-time students take 3 courses a semester. For the most recent cohort, 93% of full-time and part-time MPA students graduated in 4 years or less.

Courses are offered in the evening (Monday – Thursday) at the Boca Raton campus.

Curriculum Area and Core Courses 
Introduction to Public Administration*PAD 6053*
Public Organization Theory
Organizations and Administrative Behavior ORPAD 6106
Organizational Change & Public ManagementPAD 6154
Public Financial Management
Seminar in Public Budgeting Techniques ORPAD 6227
Seminar in Public Financial AdministrationPAD 6207
Public Personnel
Seminar in Public Personnel Administration ORPAD 6417
Labor Relations in GovernmentPAD 6427
Public Policy
Public Administration and Public Policy ORPAD 6036
Seminar in Administrative Policy MakingPAD 6035
Analytical Techniques
Applied Methods I**PAD 6701**
Analytical Methods
Applied Methods II*** ORPAD 6706***
Program Review and Analysis***PAD 6327***
Law and Procedures
Administrative Law and Procedures ORPAD 6605
RegulationPAD 6612
Ethics and Democratic Values
Administrative Ethics ORPAD 6436
Democratic Values and Public AdministrationPAD 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 MPA program. The course must be taken during the last semester of the student’s program, unless otherwise approved by the MPA coordinator and the capstone 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.

Sample of Public Administration Elective Courses
Managerial Leadership in State and Local GovernmentPAD 6063
Images of Pub AdministrationPAD 6065
Decision Making in the Public SectorPAD 6135
Financial Environment of Public SectorPAD 6230
Strategic Planning in Public SectorPAD 6333
Seminar in Policy ImplementationPAD 6365
Public Policy ProcessPAD 6385
Survey Research in Public SectorPAD 6727
Local Government AdministrationPAD 6807
Intergovernmental AdministrationPAD 6826

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator,

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.