The Master of Public Administration program is designed to help practicing and aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques to provide leadership in a wide variety of public service fields. The program focuses on teaching students to evaluate, implement, and manage policy and to make ethical and effective decisions in the interest of creating public value.
The course curriculum focuses on a core area of study designed to provide students with the underpinnings of public administration and management and analytical methods to assess administrative policy implementation and effectiveness. The curriculum covers public administration and management, ethics and leadership, budgeting and the administration of public funds, strategic planning, and human resource management.
This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in the field, or for jobs in related fields, the specific job titles of which may not be represented in the program title. Although Kaplan University will assist students with job placement, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student. The University does not guarantee that any student will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all.
While the program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that graduates will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.
The Master of Public Administration program consists of a minimum of 55 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded the Master of Public Administration.