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Public Administration Master of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

Eight Required Courses, 32 quarter credits.

PSL7010, PSL7020, and PSL7030 taken in a prescribed sequence.

PSL7010 21st-Century Communication and Leadership 4 quarter credits
PSL7020 Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World 4 quarter credits
PSL7030 Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research 4 quarter credits
PUAD7015 Theories and Concepts in Public Administration 4 quarter credits
PUAD7025 Ethics in the Public Sector 4 quarter credits
PUAD7035 Public Sector Policy Analysis 4 quarter credits
PUAD7045 Public Sector Budgeting 4 quarter credits
PUAD7095 Capstone Public Administration Project 4 quarter credits

Four Elective Courses

16 course quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

PUAD7011 Issues and Innovations in Human Resource Management 4 quarter credits
PUAD7021 Employee Relations Human Resource Management 4 quarter credits
PUAD7031 Labor and Employment Relations 4 quarter credits
PUAD7041 Human Resource Information System and Communications 4 quarter credits
PUAD7012 Project Management Framework 4 quarter credits
PUAD7022 Project Management Principles and Practices 4 quarter credits
PUAD7032 Project Management Risks, Changes, and Challenges 4 quarter credits
PUAD7042 Project Management Quality and Control 4 quarter credits
ED7011 Higher Education Landscape 4 quarter credits
ED7021 The Science of Adult Learning 4 quarter credits
ED7031 Teaching Strategies and Methods for Adult Learners 4 quarter credits
ED7041 Curriculum and Assessment 4 quarter credits

OR Choose any graduate course(s).

MPA in Public Administration Online Degree Program | Courses - Capella University


If you have elective courses yet to satisfy in your program, you may be able to add a concentration and satisfy those degree requirements at the same time, with no additional program cost or time commitment. Concentrations available for this program include:

  • Continuity Management
  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this program.

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Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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