Department of Political Science

MPA Core Curriculum & Areas of Emphasis
The MPA curriculum has four major components:
  • Core Curriculum (27 hours)
  • Area of Emphasis (12 hours)
  • Internship for Pre-Service Students (3 hours)
  • MPA Professional Paper (3 hours)

Core Curriculum
Each MPA student must complete these courses:

  • Politics and Management in Public Agencies (PADM 6100)
  • Analysis for the Public Sector (PADM 6101)
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (PADM 6102)
  • Human Resource Management in Public Agencies (PADM 6110)
  • Public Budgeting and Finance (PADM 6120)
  • Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (PADM 6160)
  • Applied Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (PADM 6161)
  • Leadership and Ethics in the Public Sector (PADM 6220)
  • Management of Public Information Technology (PADM 6260)

Areas of Emphasis
MPA students are expected to develop knowledge and expertise in a specialized are of public administration. This involves successful completion of four courses in a given sub-field. The areas of emphases associated with the MPA Program to basically two, Management and Public Policy. Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program may count their courses for the certificate toward the Public Policy area of emphasis, but may need to take an additional 3 c.h. to meet the certificate requirements.

  • 6111, Contemporary Problems in Public Personnel Administration
  • 6112, Productivity in the Public Sector
  • 6124, State and Local Government Finance
  • 6140, Administrative Law and Ethics
  • 6170, Intergovernmental/Interagency Relations
  • 6210, Organization Theory in the Public Context
  • 6240, Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • 6150, Seminar in Public Administration
  • 6115, Readings in Public Personnel Administration
  • 6116, Women, Public Policy and Administration
  • 6122, Local Government Budgeting and Financing
  • 6125, Readings in Public Budgeting and Finance
  • 6130, Urban Policy and Administration
  • 7003, Coastal, Maritime, and Environmental Law
  • Public Policy
  • 6123, Economic Development
  • 6325, Transportation Policy
  • 6400, Health Policy
  • 6410, Health Policy Analysis
  • 6170, Intergovernmental/Interagency Relations
  • 6165, Program Evaluation
  • SECS 6155, Changing nature of National Security Policy
  • 6150, Seminar in Public Administration
  • 6116, Women, Public Policy and Administration
  • 6162, Environmental Administration
  • 6163, Environmental Policy Analysis
  • 6164, State and Local Environmental Policy
  • 7004, Coastal and Marine Policy
    Overview of MPA Program (PPT)
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Admission to the MPA Program
    MPA Graduation and Employment Rates
    Out of State & International Students
    MPA Personal Datasheet (PDF)
    Financial Assistance
    Getting Started in Your Graduate Program
    Student Technology Resources
    MPA Style Manual
    Grad. Cert. in Community Health Admin.
    Community Health Admin. Gainful Employment Info.

    MPA Handbook (PDF)
    Mission Statement & Objectives
    Expected Student Competencies
    Our Professional Values
    Core Curriculum and Areas of Emphasis
    Internship Requirements
    Professional Paper
    Post-Grad Intern & Fellowships
    Grad. Cert. in Security Studies

    Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
    Phone (252) 328-6189
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