M.P.A. Human Resources Management Concentration

College of Business and Public Management

(*Note: As of Fall 2017, this program is no longer accepting new students.)

This concentration is designed for individuals who want to enhance their knowledge of personnel administration. It is appropriate both for people interested in human resources management as a career as well as for operations managers who want to enhance their supervisory skills in employee assessment, placement, evaluation, and development.

Public Administration Core
PPA 500Foundations of Public Service3
PPA 501Research Methods in Public Administration3
PPA 502Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation3
PPA 503Public Budgeting & Finance3
PPA 504Public Human Resource Management3
PPA 505Public Sector Organization Theory3
Concentration Requirements
PPA 551Staffing and Development3
PPA 552Employee Relations3
or PPA 553 Labor Relations
PPA 554Compensation Analysis and Benefits Planning3
Selected under advisement of M.P.A. director or faculty adviser6
Capstone Seminar
PPA 600Capstone Seminar in Public Administration3
Internship or Professional Seminar
Required for students without sufficient, professional public sector work experience
PPA 601Public Policy and Administration Internship3-6
or PPA 602 Professional Seminar in Public Administration
Total Credits Required39

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Full-time Student Sample Plan of Study (36 credits if an internship is not required)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
PPA 500 Foundations of Public Service 3
PPA 501 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
PPA 551 Staffing and Development 3
Semester Two
PPA 502 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation 3
PPA 554 Compensation Analysis and Benefits Planning 3
Year Two
Semester Three
PPA 503 Public Budgeting & Finance 3
PPA 504 Public Human Resource Management 3
PPA 553 Labor Relations 3
Semester Four
PPA 505 Public Sector Organization Theory 3
PPA 552 Employee Relations 3
PPA 600 Capstone Seminar in Public Administration 3
 Total Credits36