2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

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As the public and private sectors increasingly evolve and overlap, there will be an increasing demand for leaders and managers who are scholar-practitioners. The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program prepares professionals to excel in this increasingly complex and collaborative environment. The program offers students an opportunity to directly apply academic theories and skills in their own communities, making the learning experience personally meaningful while creating positive social change.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

1. Explain the evaluation of the major theories, ideas, and concepts associated with the development of American public administration, including those of scholars and practitioners who have contributed to the field’s development.
2. Analyze how organizations work by explaining the concepts, theories, and methods of organizational theory and behavior.
3. Demonstrate the application of terminology, structures, cultures, values, history, and relationships among the three socio/economic sectors.
4. Apply a variety of data analysis methodologies and research methodologies to scholarly work.
5. Describe and assess the applicability of technology to the cultures, management styles, and legal climates of governmental and nonprofit organizations.
6. Articulate the principal theories concerning financing government and nonprofit activities.
7. Be conversant in the assumptions, philosophies, and methods of human resource management.
8. Understand and apply moral development theory at the individual and organizational level of analysis.
9. Demonstrate knowledge of how policies are developed, approved, implemented, and evaluated.
10. Integrate the concepts of public policy development and analysis with implementation practices of public administration and nonprofit management fields.


Students who wish to gain additional knowledge in a specialized area can complete three courses in a specialization area. Courses must be taken in the order presented.

Degree Requirements

  • 51–66 total quarter credit hours
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Specialization courses* (15 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

*Note: Not required for General Program



Core Curriculum

Students can complete the General Program by taking the Core Curriculum courses. Courses are 12 weeks in length.

General Program (51 cr.)

Students gain a broad understanding of the field of public policy and administration and acquire the knowledge and experience to pursue a variety of career options in the field.

Course Sequence

Quarter Course
1 MMPA 6200 Introduction to Public Administration
MMPA 6115 Foundations for Graduate Study
2 MMPA 6405 Ethics and Social Justice
MMPA 6420 Organizational Management and Leadership
3 MMPA 6431 Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
MMPA 6435 Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
4 MMPA 6461 Public Sector Economics
MMPA 6465 Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
5 MMPA 6451 Public Policy Analysis
MMPA 6480 Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
6 Specialization course 1
Specialization course 2
7 Specialization course 3
MMPA 6910 Master of Public Administration Capstone


Program Data

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