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Public Administration Online Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

Master of Public Administration – General Track

Increase the tools and techniques utilized in Public Administration

Taught by field-renowned practitioners, the Public Sector Management specialization of the online MPA connects you to a faculty of top professionals and a network of fellow students who will be your counterparts at the leadership level. Our MPA programs offer online classes that are interactive and put students in the heart of dynamic real world scenarios.

For those students who have recently graduated or those who are considering a career change, the MPA Direct Track focuses attention on a total of 12 courses, including the Public Administration core courses and four elective courses.

MPA Core Courses


Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

This course focuses on the study and analysis of human behavior patterns. Special consideration is given to the role of the emergency services department management team member as a leader and motivator of people.

This course explores various aspects of local financial management including developing new revenue sources, designing a budget that includes performance reporting, conducting strategic economic development, understanding debt management and bond sales, use of modern information systems to improve financial decision, and meeting the day-to-day challenges of financial management from procurement to labor negotiations.

Examines ethical principles as they apply to the many practical problems that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Uses case studies to illustrate ethical reasoning and examine issues of social justice.

Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources.

This course uses case studies and other materials to help students to develop excellence in oral and written skills in the formation of public policy at the senior management level. Drawing on previous course work in ethics, quantitative analysis and management students will develop models for solving significant problems in the public arena coupled with the planning strategy for implementing these policies.

Through the utilization and application of risk assessment and master planning concepts, this program will guide the student through the process of problem identification and comparative analysis. This course will focus upon identifying the benefits and the development of a long term planning effort within the student’s local jurisdiction.

General Track Courses


Focuses on the resolution of a variety of potential conflicts in the public sector including intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup and intergroup. Emphasizes analysis of alternative dispute resolution, negotiation and arbitration.

Covers the development, structure and current status of labor unions in the United States. The course examines management attitudes toward the bargaining process, the evolution of labor legislation, government policy toward labor management relations (i.e. changes in the composition of the labor force, white collar organizations soliciting bargaining units).

This course provides a thorough grounding in the theory behind successful management practices, but also shows how theory works in the real world to assist in: providing community leadership; working with the governing body; promoting the community’s future; managing people, money and information effectively; implementing policy; raising productivity; evaluating programs; and working with other organizations to achieve your goals. The course also points to the human side of professional government management.

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Designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout their graduate education to real-world situations. A capstone project is designed for those entering directly into a specific field, without plan for postgraduate study.

Designed to give students the opportunity to do focused research on a topic from their respective field of study. Applied research is designed primarily for those planning to continue to doctoral or other postgraduate studies.

Mid-Career Track Option

Students with four years or more of administrative or managerial experience who are pursuing the General Track MPA may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College MPA Mid-Career Track, allowing them to complete the MPA online degree program with only 10 required courses.

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