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Selection of courses is to be made in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.


Course Offerings

MPA students must successfully complete at least 36 semester credit hours of approved MPA course work. Eighteen semester credit hours comprise the general and research core courses. PUBADM 500 should be completed as a pre- or co-requisite for PUBADM 501, PUBADM 502, PUBADM 503, PUBADM 504, and PUBADM 505.

The eighteen additional semester credit hours are in the student’s area of emphasis and/or in the electives requirement. Some students may also be required to complete the public service internship which is explained below.

Course Selection
Selection of courses is to be made in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
Course Number and TitleCredits
General Core Requirements:  Each MPA student is required to complete the following core courses. The core courses emphasize the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in public service management and leadership. Each class includes an exploration of student values and public service ethics.
PUBADM 500 – Administration in the Public Sector (3-credits)
PUBADM 501 – Public Policy Process (3-credits)
PUBADM 502 – Organizational Theory (3-credits)
PUBADM 503 – Research Methods in Public Administration (3-credits)
PUBADM 504 – Public Budgeting and Financial Administration (3-credits)
PUBADM 505 – Public Personnel Administration (3-credits)
18
Areas of Emphasis: An area of emphasis is a concentration or major in the program. Each MPA student is to complete 6 elective credits plus an additional 12 semester credit hours in one of the following three areas of emphasis. Selected Topics courses will be offered to supplement area of emphasis requirements.

General Public Administration: This area of emphasis is provided to accommodate those students desiring preparation in public administration as a "generalist" rather than a "specialist" in a particular area. Students should select the 12 credit hours of course work from the noncore M.P.A. courses listed In this catalog. Students may also work with an advisor to identify relevant graduate coursework in other programs at Boise State University.

Environmental and Natural Resource Policy and Administration: All students In this area of emphasis must take:
PUBADM 540 – Contemporary issues in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy and Administration (3 cr)

And students must also select nine additional credits from approved Selected or Special Topics or from the following courses:
PUBADM 541 – Environmental and Regulatory Policy and Administration (3 cr)
PUBADM 542 – Science, Democracy and the Environment (3 cr)
PUBADM 543 – Public Land and Resource Policy and Administration (3 cr)
PUBADM 544 – Energy Policy in the Western U.S. (3 cr)
PUBADM 545 – U.S. Energy Policy (3 cr)
PUBADM 546 – Climate Change Policy and Administration (3 cr)
PUBADM 547 – Water Resources Policy and Management (3 cr)

State and Local Government Policy and Administration: Ail students in this area of emphasis must take:
PUBADM 560 – State and Local Government Policy and Administration

And students must select nine credits from approved Selected or Special Topics or from the following courses:
PUBADM 511 – Decision-Making in Public and Nonprofit Management (3 cr)
PUBADM 512 – Information Technology and Public Policy (3 cr)
PUBADM 513 – Economics and Public Policy (3 cr)
PUBADM 514 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Collaboration (3 cr)
PUBADM 515 – Policy Implementation and Practice (3 cr)
PUBADM 516 – City-county Governance and Administration (3 cr)
PUBADM 517 – Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr)
PUBADM 518 – Introduction to Contract Management (3 cr)
PUBADM 530 – Administrative Law and Regulation (3 cr)
PUBADM 571 – Ethics in the Public Sector (3 cr)
12
Electives 3
Public Service Internship0/3
Culminating Activity
PUBADM 692 - Capstone Course
3
Total Credit Hours36-39

Course Descriptions