Online MPA Curriculum

The EKU Online master’s program in Public Administration prepares qualified individuals, both entry-level and mid-career, for advanced professional positions in the administration of public and non-profit programs. It is also appropriate for individuals in the private sector who have responsibility for public sector contracts, regulatory compliance, or other liaison and oversight activities. Special emphasis is placed on regional and local government.

Students in the MPA program come from a variety of undergraduate degree programs. Coursework is 39 hours and includes 24 hours of core classes, 12 hours of electives, and 3 hours of a final field study exit requirement in which students will choose between an internship with an applied capstone paper or an analytical research paper utilizing primary and/or secondary sources.

Choose the general MPA track and tailor your electives to your interests or select a community development track.

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MPA Core (24 hours)

Required by ALL tracks

Students are required to choose ONE (1) of the following tracks:

General MPA Track

(Certificate options available in areas including homeland security, emergency management and occupational safety)

Community Development Track

Course Descriptions

POL 733 Seminar in State and Local Politics

(3) A. a topical analysis of the institutions, policies, and administration of American state and local government. May be retaken to a total of six credit hours, provided subject matter differs each time.

POL 765 Administrative Law

(3) A. Nature of the powers vested in administrative agencies; the problems of administration procedure; the methods and extent of judicial control over administrative action.

POL 800 Research Methods

(3) A. an introduction and an overview of theories, methods, and analyses which are used in contemporary political science and public administration research.

POL 801 Administration, Ethics, and Public Policy

(3) A. an analysis and overview of the interplay of ethical considerations, administration, and policy process in the public sector.

POL 835 Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations

(3) A. an examination of the institutions, concepts, and problems of intergovernmental relations and the American federal system.

POL 845 Community Development

(3) A. Examines developmental efforts on community level in the United States; relates community development to community organization and examines current efforts, especially those based on the concept of self-help, to generate and implement community development programs.

POL 846 Non-Profit Organizations

(3) A. Study of non-profit organizations, including an examination of types, leadership styles, management tools, board organization, budgeting and fund-raising.

POL 847 Strategic Planning and Grant Writing

(3) A. the study of strategic planning processes and the techniques of grant writing as they apply to the public and non-profit sector. Focus on federal and foundation grants. Credit will not be awarded for both Pol 847 and Pol 847S.

POL 870 Internship in Public Administration

(3) A. Prerequisite: departmental approval. an internship in a public or nonprofit organizational setting for MPA students conducted under departmental supervision and resulting in a capstone paper.

POL 871 Applied Research in Public Administration

(3) A. Prerequisite: departmental approval. an advanced, directed research project for MPA students under departmental supervision resulting in a graduate-level report.

POL 874 Public Sector Leadership

(3) A. this course examines theories and practices of leadership in public and nonprofit sector organizations. Emphasis is given to competing theories of leadership and to the examination of leadership through theoretical reference frames.

POL 875 Public Sector Organizations and Management

(3) A. Study of organizational theory and management as applied to government agencies and other not-for-profit organizations. topics covered include theoretical modeling, research on organizational behavior, and managerial strategy and technique.

POL 876 Public Human Resources Management

(3) A. Study of strategies and techniques of public human resources management in the public sector and their relationship to pertinent laws, policies, and institutions, in the context of contemporary theories of organizational behavior.

POL 877 Public Finance Administration

(3) A. an examination of the effects of economic, administrative, legislative and judicial factors on the fiscal operations of government. Study of the budgetary and financial decision-making process at the federal, state and local levels.

POL 879 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

(3) A. Prerequisite: Pol 800. an introduction to theories and methods of analysis relating to public policy and public program formulation, implementation, and evaluation. topics include quantitative and non-quantitative analytical techniques.