Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

MPA Program Curriculum

The Master of Public Administration program is a 39-credit hour program designed to provide both theoretical and practical experience in the area of public and nonprofit administration.  The curriculum consists of core and elective courses, as well as an internship experience and a capstone seminar.

Core Requirements (21-credit hours)

  • PBAD 7631 Foundations of Public Administration
  • PBAD 7430 Public Human Resource Management
  • PBAD 7230 Budgeting in Public Service Organizations
  • PBAD 7130 Ethics for Public Service Organizations
  • PBAD 7531 Public Program Evaluation
  • PBAD 7530 Research Methods for Public Service Organizations
  • PBAD 7134 Advanced Management

Concentration Requirements (12-credit hours)

Students complete 12-semester hours in one of the following concentrations:

Internship (3-credit hours)

The internship (PBAD 7730) requires a minimum of 300-hours in an approved public or nonprofit agency.  The internship is required of all pre-service students.  In consultation with a student’s faculty advisor, in-service students may use 1) their current position for the internship or 2) complete an additional seminar course.

Capstone Seminar (3-credit hours)

The Capstone Seminar (PBAD 7638) is designed to be taken near the end of the program.  During the course of the Capstone Seminar, students will sit for a comprehensive examination covering both the MPA core curriculum and area of concentration.

Note: Students interested in summer term admission should contact the department prior to submitting an application.

Related Documents

MPA Program of Study

Public Management Concentration

Nonprofit Management Concentration

Last updated: 9/16/2020

Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies • P.O. Box 8048 • Statesboro, Georgia • 912-478-1400

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