Master of Public Administration
The public sector needs strong, educated leaders who can make decisions that make a difference. Kaplan University’s Master of Public Administration is designed to help practicing and aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques needed to provide leadership in a wide variety of public service fields.* The program focuses on teaching you management and decision-making skills; knowledge to help you become a successful leader in the public sector.
Master of Public Administration Program Highlights
The core curriculum teaches you how to evaluate, implement, and manage policy and spans diverse topics including public administration and management, ethics and leadership, budgeting and the administration of public funds, strategic planning, and applied research. Additionally, the program offers you the flexibility to pursue a general Master of Public Administration or to focus on a concentration in health care management, governmental management, fire science and emergency services, or criminal justice.
The Master of Public Administration emphasizes:
- Public Value: Apply knowledge of practice in public administration to make effective decisions that create public value in diverse and dynamic situations
- Ethical Decision Making: Evaluate the social and ethical implications of decisions made in the public interest
- Innovation: Innovate to address issues and opportunities in the public sector
- Knowledge Base: Evaluate theoretical foundations, current knowledge, and trends in public administration and public service
- Finance: Apply financial knowledge to make sound and ethical decisions in the public interest
- Diversity: Assess cultural, individual, and role differences of constituents and stakeholders
- Leadership: Apply principles of leadership to shape change and improve the governance and management of public policy
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
When you graduate with a Master in Public Administration you may qualify to serve in a variety of leadership roles in the executive arm of local, state/provincial, and federal/national government, nongovernmental organizations, public sector organizations, and nonprofit and voluntary sectors.*
Total Core Credits: 55
Total Program Credits: 55
- PP 500: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT Change
The course explores the theory and development of the field of public administration and the function of management. It will cover a wide range of topics further explored in the Master of Public Administration program. These topics may include federalism and intergovernmental relations, ethics and administrative leadership, personnel, and resource management. Students will study management processes in the context of a political environment and policy implementation.
- PP 504: RESEARCH AND WRITING IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Change
Strong research and writing skills are necessary in the field of public administration. This course is designed to prepare public administration students for the demands of academic and professional writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their final capstone project. Students will be introduced to applied research within the field of public administration; will create a problem definition; compose a background and legislative record; and will create a policy brief for a defined problem related to the field of public administration.
- PP 510: LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR Change
You will study leadership within the public sector and the application of ethical and leadership principles to decision making, actions, and interactions within public administration. Topics covered may include: organizational behavior, interest-based negotiation, leading networks, mediation, and leadership style.
PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in Environmental Policy
- PP 520: FINANCE AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC FUNDS Change
This course examines the methods, processes, and challenges in the administration and budgeting of public funds. Students will examine the budgeting of public revenues, revenue generation, forecasting, cost control, and fiscal management. The importance of managing control issues and transparency will be addressed.
PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program
- PP 530: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR Change
In this course, students examine theories, processes, and systems related to human resources management in government, nonprofit, and multinational organizations. Topics explored include budget management; employee selection, development, compensation, and retention processes including job analysis and performance management; labor relations including conflict management and disciplinary action, diversity, and unity; legal, ethical, safety, risks, and security considerations in the work environment; and strengths and opportunities in public administration management. Students will apply course principles and concepts to real-world situations encountered in the public sector.
- PP 600: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Change
This course examines the fundamental concepts regarding administrative law in public administration and how public policy is crafted. Students will examine the intergovernmental relations and the political and practical constraints that influence administrative policy.
- PP 610: BALANCING THE BUDGET—BUDGETARY PROCESS Change
Students will study the fundamental concepts and practices of budgeting and financial management. The budget process and preparation, cost analysis, and budget reform will be covered in detail. Crisis management and balancing the budget are also addressed.
- PP 612: PROGRAM EVALUATION Change
This course explores the development and practice of program evaluation as it applies to the administration of public and nonprofit organizations. Summative and formative evaluation methodologies, logic models, outcome measurement, the development and application of data collection tools, data analysis, and the role of ethics in the process will be investigated. You will construct a complete evaluation plan for an organization and program of your choosing.
- PP 650: PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS Change
The course focuses on the analysis of public policy and approaches to problem solving. Students will study qualitative and quantitative methods of policy analysis that aid public policy and program analysts in informing the decision-making process. Examining policies at scales from local to global will enable students to apply tools and concepts across a wide range of issues.
PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Services
- 500/600 LEVEL: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION ELECTIVE Change
- PP 698: MASTER’S CAPSTONE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Change
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Public Administration. This capstone course provides students with the opportunity to engage in research, analysis, and evaluation of current topics and challenges in the field of public administration. Students will integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework, conducting their own research related to current topics and challenges in the field of public administration in order to demonstrate their mastery of program outcomes.
Last term or permission from the Dean
- PP 500: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT Change
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