Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

College of Business and Public Management
Public Administration Core21
To be completed by all M.P.A. students
PPA 500Foundations of Public Service3
PPA 501Analysis and Decision Making I3
PPA 502Analysis and Decision Making II3
PPA 503Public Budgeting & Finance3
PPA 504Public Human Resource Management3
PPA 505Public Sector Organization Theory3
PPA 506Foundations in Nonprofit Administration3
Selected under advisement of the M.P.A. director or faculty adviser. Students may transfer these electives in from other departments within the University or from any approved graduate certificate program.
Capstone Seminar
PPA 600Capstone Seminar in Public Administration3
Internship or Professional Seminar
Required for students without sufficient, professional public sector work experience. Students are strongly encouraged to take the internship instead of the professional seminar. Students must seek approval from the program director to enroll in the professional seminar.
PPA 601Public Policy and Administration Internship3
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

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


(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 Analysis and Decision Making I 3
PPA 5XXElective 3
Semester Two
PPA 502 Analysis and Decision Making II 3
PPA 503 Public Budgeting & Finance 3
PPA 5XXElective 3
Year Two
Semester Three
PPA 504 Public Human Resource Management 3
PPA 505 Public Sector Organization Theory 3
PPA 5XXElective 3
Semester Four
PPA 600 Capstone Seminar in Public Administration 3
PPA 5XXElective 3
PPA 5XXElective 3
 Total Credits36