Master Of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is designed to prepare both public and non-public employees for a career and/or promotion in administration with the choice of government administration, homeland security/emergency management, and justice administration specializations.

Offered online through the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the 36-hour MPA program can be completed in 18 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, however, core business courses required for the MPA which have been taken in a traditional classroom may be transferred in towards the degree.

 

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 any Specialization 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.


Degree Requirements

 

36 hours are required including 18 core hours and 18 hours of specialization courses in government administration, homeland security/emergency management, or justice administration.

Core courses - 18 hours:

BUAD 5304 - Ethics
BUAD 5315 - Legal Environment
FINA 5310 - Public Finance
MGMT 5320 - Research Methods *
PUAD 5303 - Public Administration *
PUAD 5340 - Capstone
* Should be taken within the first three courses

 

Government Administration Specialization - 18 hours from the following with no more than 9 hours from non-PUAD courses:


PUAD 5300 – Criminal/Civil Law: A Comparative Analysis
PUAD 5306 - Administrative Law
PUAD 5307- - Emergency Management
PUAD 5313 - Applied Alternative Dispute Resolution
PUAD 5317 – Special Topics in Government Administration
PUAD 5318 - Current Issues in Public Administration
PUAD 5320 - Cultural Diversity OR MGMT 5313 – Diversity Management
MGMT 5305- Organizational Theory
MGMT 5306 – Leadership and Management Development
MGMT 5309 – Strategies of Human Resource Management
MGMT 5325- Organizational Development and Behavior
MGMT 5330 – Negotiations in Management

 

Homeland Security/Emergency Management Specialization - 18 hours from the following with no more than 9 hours from non-PUAD courses:

PUAD 5302 - International Legal Systems: A Comparative Study
PUAD 5306 - Administrative Law
PUAD 5307 - Emergency Management
PUAD 5310 – Survey of Homeland Security
PUAD 5312 - Weapons of Mass Destruction
PUAD 5314 – Law Enforcement Administration
PUAD 5315 – Special Topics in H.S. and Emergency Administration
PUAD 5318 - Current Issues in Public Administration
PUAD 5320- Cultural Diversity OR MGMT 5313 – Diversity Management
MGMT 5305- Organizational Theory
MGMT 5306 – Leadership and Management Development
MGMT 5309 – Strategies of Human Resource Management
MGMT 5325- Organizational Development and Behavior
MGMT 5330 – Negotiations in Management

 

Justice Administration Specialization - 18 hours from the following with no more than 9 hours from non-PUAD courses:


PUAD 5300 – Criminal/Civil Law: A Comparative Analysis
PUAD 5302 – International Legal Systems
PUAD 5313 – Applied Alternative Dispute Resolution
PUAD 5314 – Law Enforcement Administration
PUAD 5316 – Special Topics in Justice Administration
PUAD 5318 - Current Issues in Public Administration
PUAD 5307 - Emergency Management
PUAD 5320 - Cultural Diversity OR MGMT 5313 – Diversity Management
MGMT 5305- Organizational Theory
MGMT 5306 – Leadership and Management Development
MGMT 5309 – Strategies of Human Resource Management
MGMT 5325- Organizational Development and Behavior
MGMT 5330 – Negotiations in Management