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MPA Curriculum Requirements

The MPA Curriculum provides a strong foundation in both the theory and practice of public administration. Students complete a total of 45 credit hours for the MPA degree, including:

  1. Integrative seminars at the beginning and end of the program
  2. Foundation courses which are required before advanced and more specialized courses
  3. Advanced required courses
  4. Specialized and elective courses in Public Administration and other fields
  5. Public Administration Internship

MPA courses are designed to be taken in the following sequence.

Integrative Seminar (3 Hours)
PA 600 Scope and Practice (3)

Foundation Courses (12 Hours)
PA 610 Public Management Theory and Practice (3)
PA 620 Public Financial Management (3)
PA 630 Research Methods(3)
PA 640 Legal and Political Foundations (3)

Advanced Required Courses (9 Hours)
PA 720 Public Budgeting (3)
PA 730 Applied Research in Public Administration (3)
PA 741 Human Resource Systems (3)

Internship (6 Hours)
PA 751 Public Administration Internship (6)

Integrative Seminar
PA 700 Capstone Seminar (3)

Elective Courses (12 Hours)
PA 645 Public Administration and Policy Development (3)
PA 650 Local Governance (3)
PA 655 Public Engagement (3)
PA 670 Health Systems (3)
PA 671 Healthcare Organizations/Operations (3)
PA 672 Healthcare Finance (3)
PA 673 Alternate Healthcare Delivery Systems (1)
PA 674 Rural Healthcare (1)
PA 675 Organization Performance Improvement (1)
PA 678 Population Health Management (1)
PA 710 Administrative Behavior in Pub. Organizations (3)
PA 712 Administrative Ethics and Justice (3)
PA 715 Organization Development/Change Management (3)
PA 716 Creativity and Innovation (1)
PA 717 Performance Management (2)
PA 743 Conflict Management (3)
PA 750 Public Planning (3)
PA 755 Sustainable Community Development (3)
PA 770 Managed Care (1)
PA 772 Integrated Delivery System (1)
PA 773 Policy Issues – Women’s Health (1)
PA 774 Healthcare Law and Ethics (1)
PA 775 Healthcare Policy (1)
PA 791 Advanced Study: (various topics) (1-6)
PA 794 Special Seminars: (various topics) (1)
PA 795 Independent Study (1-6)

Specialization and Joint Degree Elective Courses

  • Healthcare Administration specialization courses
  • Local Governance and Community Development
  • Joint Degree courses in Social Work or Law
  • Cultural Resource Management specialization courses
  • Concentrations using electives from Public Administration and other fields (developed with advisor)

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR MPA DEGREE = 45 Credit Hours

For course descriptions, please click here to access the WVU Course Catalog.

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