Dec 08, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Public Administration, M.P.A. (Nonprofit & Public Financial Management Concentration)

General Program Information

Frederick Gordon, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
305 Rogers Stout
Box 70651
(423) 439-6134

Colin Glennon, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration
301A Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70651
(423) 439-6632

Faculty: David Briley; Paul Trogen.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a non-business degree that offers an outstanding education for people seeking an exciting career in the public or non-profit sector. Students may enter the program from any undergraduate major. The M.P.A. is a highly marketable degree for entry into the fields of city management, urban planning, industrial recruitment, community development, non-profit administration, public budgeting, and financial management. The demand for trained public and non-profit managers has steadily increased, both in this region and beyond.

Admission Requirements

A student applying to the M.P.A. program must meet both the requirements for admission to the university as a graduate student and the admission criteria for the program. The student must submit transcripts of all academic work previously completed, scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and three letters of recommendation. Admission criteria include satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, satisfactory GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Questions about admission requirements should be directed to the M.P.A. director.

Students admitted to other graduate programs in the university may enroll in public administration courses (prefix PMGT) if they have completed the prerequisites, if any.

Nonprofit and Public Financial Management Concentration

This concentration is designed for students who wish to work in nonprofit organizations and public budgeting and public finance.

Public Administration, M.P.A. Degree Requirements: 36-39 credits

Core Requirements 18 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Capstone 6-9 credits
TOTAL 36-39 credits

Nonprofit & Public Financial Management Concentration: 12 credits

Capstone: 6-9 credits

Choose one of the following:

Option A: 6 credits

Option B: 9 credits


Students in the Not-for-Profit Concentration may take SOCI 5320  in place of PMGT 5180  in the M.P.A. core. Students selecting this concentration will receive the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree.