Master Of Public Administration Online

Offered online through a 37-hour program in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the MPA can be completed in 21 months. This completely online program is designed for students new to Wayland or those who have already completed some graduate coursework at a WBU physical campus. All the courses required for the degree are available online. Core business courses required for the MPA which have been taken in a traditional classroom may be transferred into the MPA online program.

The Master of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare both public and non-public employees for a career and/or promotion in administration with the choice of governmental or justice administration and homeland security fields.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. A leveling course, MGMT 3304--Principles of Management, must be completed prior to taking courses with a MGMT prefix.

Students desiring to enter the graduate program must submit the following:

  • Completed graduate application for admission
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50 (current and past WBU students are excused from this fee)
  • Official transcripts from each institution previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better on last 60 semester hours

Application files will not be evaluated until all the above requirements are met. For specific information on entering the graduate program at Wayland, contact the Graduate Studies Office at 1-877-844-4544.

Academic Advising

The Virtual Campus makes available online all the general information needed by students of the Degree Program Online. Any questions having to do with the Graduate Program procedures may be addressed to the Graduate Studies Office at 1-877-844-4544. Specific questions regarding academic issues of the Master of Public Administration degree will need to be addressed to Dr. Estelle Owens, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences:

Dr. Estelle

Course Rotation

Courses for the MPA include the leveling course MGMT3304 (offered every term), core courses and specialization courses as grouped below (courses in bold should be taken within the first three courses):

  • Core courses (19 hours)
    • BUAD 5304--Ethics
    • FINA 5310--Public Finance
    • MGMT 5315--Legal Environment
    • MGMT 5320--Research Methods
    • PUAD 5303--Survey of Public Administration
    • PUAD 5304--Public Policy Analysis
    • PUAD 5101--Seminar in Public Administration
  • Government Administration specialization (18 hours)
    • MGMT 5305--Organizational Theory
    • MGMT 5325--Organizational Development & Behavior
    • PUAD 5305--Contract Negotiation
    • PUAD 5306--Administrative Law
    • PUAD 5317--Special Topics in Government Administration
    • PUAD 5318--Current Issues in the Public Sector
    • Either PUAD 5320--Cultural Diversity
    • or MGMT 5313--Diversity Management
  • Homeland Security specialization (18 hours)
    • PUAD 5302-International Legal Systems:  A Comparative Study
    • PUAD 5306-Administrative Law
    • PUAD 5310-Survey of Homeland Security and the Nature of Terrorism
    • PUAD 5311-Understanding Terrorism and Its History
    • PUAD 5312-Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
    • PUAD 5314-Law Enforcement Administration
    • PUAD 5315-Special Topics in Homeland Security
    • PUAD 5320-Cultural Diversity
  • Justice Administration specialization (18 hours)
    • MGMT 5305--Organizational Theory
    • MGMT 5309--Human Resource Management
    • MGMT 5325--Organizational Development & Behavior
    • PUAD 5300--Criminal/Civil Law: Comparative Analysis
    • PUAD 5302--International Legal Systems: Comparative Study
    • PUAD 5313--Topics in Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • PUAD 5314--Law Enforcement Administration
    • PUAD 5316--Special Topics in Justice Administration