Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Nonprofit Administration Concentration

College of Business and Public Management

This concentration is designed for those who want to enhance their knowledge of nonprofit administration. It is appropriate for individuals pursuing careers in a wide range of nonprofit fields and is intended to provide a core set of skills and knowledge for people who desire to enhance their management and supervisory skills within the context of a nonprofit organization.

Public Administration Core21
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
Concentration Requirements9
PPA 532Grant Writing3
PPA 533Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials3
PPA 535Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
Selected under advisement of M.P.A. director or faculty advisor.
Capstone Seminar3
PPA 600Capstone Seminar in Public Administration3
Internship or Professional Seminar3
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 Minimum 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 506 Foundations in Nonprofit Administration 3
Semester Two
PPA 502 Analysis and Decision Making II 3
PPA 503 Public Budgeting & Finance 3
PPA 535 Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations 3
PPA 533 Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials 3
PPA 532 Grant Writing 3
Year Two
Semester Three
PPA 504 Public Human Resource Management 3
PPA 505 Public Sector Organization Theory 3
Semester Four
PPA 600 Capstone Seminar in Public Administration 3
PPA 5XXElective 3
 Total Credits36