Public Administration
Generalist Specialization

Generalist Course Requirements

The general concentration includes courses in administrative theory, data and information management, and government finance. Courses in the general concentration focus on traditional management, policy implementation and evaluation, and budgeting concepts.

General Administration Concentration (Select nine hours):

CIDM 6350 Data and Information Management

CRIJ 6346 Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration & Public Policy

ECON 6332 Problems in Government Finance & Fiscal Policy

POSC 6310 Emergency Management & Response

POSC 6354 Administrative Theory & Behavior

Core Courses in Public Administration

The required core courses in the MPA program are designed to provide a grounding in administrative approaches, policy, methods, and theory. These courses provide the foundation for students in the program to move into their areas of concentration – criminal justice administration, rural/local government administration, or general administration. The seven core courses are listed below and are designed to achieve these goals and allow students to master these five competencies: ethics, policy, finance, administration, and research methods. These courses involve examining core readings in public administration, administrative management, policy, ethics, statistics, research methodology, and financial administration. These courses will establish a framework for bureaucratic activity, policy formulation, decision-making, and budgeting. 

Core Courses (21 hours; Required):

POSC 6350 Seminar in Public Administration

POSC 6351 Seminar in Public Policy (cross-listed as CRIJ 6351)

POSC 6388 Statistics for Social & Criminological Research (cross-listed as CRIJ 6388 and SOCI 6388)

CRIJ 6348 Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics

POSC 6387 Seminar in Research Methods (cross-listed as CRIJ 6387)

POSC 6353 Seminar in Administrative Management

POSC 6355 Seminar in Public Financial Administration

For additional information, please contact Dr. Darrell Lovell (MPA Director).