Degree Requirements

The College of Letters & Science and the Lubar School of Business offer and present jointly the Master of Public Administration (MPA). The program is designed to provide theoretical and practical preparation for careers in public and non-profit administration with three areas of concentration – municipal management, general public administration, and non-profit management.

Credits and Courses

The Master of Public Administration degree requires satisfactory completion of 39-42 credits of prescribed graduate study and appropriate coursework.

Minimum Grade Requirements in the Core Courses

In order to demonstrate mastery of the critical Core Course material, MPA students must achieve a grade point average of 3.0 in the six Core Courses, and, regardless of average, students must earn a grade of B- or better in each Core Course. If a grade of C+ or lower is earned in any Core Course, that course must be repeated in an effort to earn the minimum grade of B-. If the student’s grade point average in the six Core Courses is below 3.0, the student must repeat one or more Core Courses in which a grade of lower than B was earned in an effort to establish a grade point average of 3.0 in the Core. (For purposes of this requirement, the grade point average for the Core Courses will be calculated on the basis of only the highest grade earned; that is, the grade earned in the first attempt at a Core Course will not be averaged with the grade earned in the repeat.)

Core Requirements

Students entering the MPA program will be placed, at the discretion of the MPA Director, in one of two tracks (A or B) within the core. The minimum degree requirement is 39 credits for Track A students and 42 credits for Track B students.

Required Core
BUSMGMT 709Predictive Analytics for Managers3
BUS ADM 738Human Resource Management3
PUB ADM/URBPLAN 630Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector3
PUB ADM 763Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration3
PUB ADM 769Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs3
PUB ADM 921Public Service Administrative Internship 13
Select one of the following:3
BUS ADM 441
Diversity in Organizations
BUS ADM 443
Special Topics in Human Resources Management:
BUSMGMT 706
Managing in a Dynamic Environment
BUS ADM 737
Managerial Decisions and Negotiations
Tracks
Select Track A or B below15-18
Capstone
PUB ADM 959Capstone Seminar in Public Administration 23
Total Credits39-42
Track A

Students with significant public or nonprofit sector work experience may, at the discretion of the MPA Director, have the Government/Nonprofit Administrative Internship course (PUB ADM 921) waived. Students seeking placement in this track will need to meet with the MPA Director to discuss this possibility and will be required to provide documentation of current public or nonprofit sector work experience.

Track B

Students with no significant public or nonprofit sector work experience are required to enroll in and successfully complete PUB ADM 921. As part of the requirements for this course, Track B students are required to obtain, with the assistance of the MPA Director, one or more internships in either the public or nonprofit sector while enrolled in the MPA program.

Every student must select and complete the requirements for one of the following three concentrations:

Municipal Management
Required
Select two of the following:6
PUB ADM 730
Budgeting for Public Sector Professionals
PUB ADM 965
Municipal Management
PUB ADM 750
Public Administration Risk and Analysis
Select two of the following:6
POL SCI/PUB ADM 914
Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations
URBPLAN 651
Land Use Planning Practice
URBPLAN 684
Planning Local Economic Development
URBPLAN 701
& URBPLAN 702
Introduction to Land Use Planning
and Introduction to Planning Law
Electives
Select at least 6 elective credits 16
Total Credits18

Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MPA Director.

General Public Administration
Required
Select four of the following:12
BUS ADM 441
Diversity in Organizations (if not used to satisfy seminar in organizational management requirement)
PUB ADM 400
Ethics and Responsibility in Public Administration
PUB ADM/POL SCI 452
Administrative Law
PUB ADM 705
Government Public Relations and Advocacy
PUB ADM 750
Public Administration Risk and Analysis
POL SCI/PUB ADM 914
Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations
PUB ADM 958
Seminar in Public Administration:
Electives
Select at least 6 elective credits 16
Total Credits18
Nonprofit Organization and Management
Required
BUS ADM 766Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations3
BUS ADM 724Business Combinations and Governmental Accounting3
NONPROF 789Theory and Role of Nonprofit Organizations3
PUB ADM 958Seminar in Public Administration:3
Electives
Select at least 6 elective credits 16
Total Credits18

Other Degree Option

Coordinated Degree Program in Public Administration and Urban Planning
Master of Public Administration/Master of Urban Planning (MPA/MUP) combines professional training in planning with applied administrative and managerial skills.

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.