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Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development online

Become a catalyst for municipal development and build vital private-public partnerships that spur economic growth in your community.

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Program Overview

$14,940* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
36 Credit Hours

Help stimulate job creation, create tax revenue and nurture economic prosperity for communities with the skills you will gain in the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development online program. You will learn about restructuring market incentives to leverage private investment, developing community-based businesses, affordable housing, and financial institutions in order to improve community life.

Our relevant core coursework gives you a background in key areas of public administration, including policy analysis, budgeting and finance, organizational theory, human resource management and more. A choice of electives enables you to shape your degree to meet your career goals.

This 100 percent online program from Murray State’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts includes a capstone experience in which you will integrate theories and methods by proposing and executing a project involving a substantive management or analytic issue in the public sector.

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Tuition

Master of Public Administration online programs from Murray State University offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$415 Per Credit Hour
$14,940* Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MPA Economic Development $415 $1,245 $14,940*

*Proposed rate subject to approval by the Murray State University Board of Regents and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Murray State University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/18/20 08/06/20 08/12/20 08/14/20 08/14/20 09/30/20
Fall 2 10/12/20 09/25/20 10/02/20 10/05/20 10/06/20 12/04/20

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Admissions

At Murray State University, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development online, including where to send your transcripts. The requirements include:

The requirements include:

Online application accepted on a rolling basis
Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year domestic institution
Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
2.5 GPA on undergraduate coursework

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For admission to this MPA online program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year domestic institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent from issuing institutions to:

Email address: msu.graduateadmissions@murraystate.edu

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B2 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071

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Courses

For the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development online, you must complete 21 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives.

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POL 660: Research Methods

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the process of research in public affairs, with an emphasis on quantitative methods and techniques.

POL 670: Foundations of Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A graduate-level introduction to the study of public administration, covering substantive topics in the field as well as the political dimensions of public service and the ethical issues faced by government practitioners. Emphasis is placed on the development of the discipline as a field of inquiry.

POL 671: Public Policy Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Problems and methods in perception of public problems, determination of goals, generation and evaluation of alternative policy practices and programs, and explanation of policy choices. Emphasis on political and analytical methods of examining policy-making and policy outcomes. Includes a survey of literature dealing with theories of the policy process.

POL 673: Public Budgeting and Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive, graduate-level overview of public agency and governmental budgeting and finance at the federal, state and local government levels. This course examines budgeting as a tool of governmental economic and public policy. Specifically, the course considers the evolution and purposes of budgeting with special attention given to recent efforts to improve government resource allocation.

POL 674: Public Organizations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces management of public and nonprofit organizations by reviewing the history and evolution of organization theory and the application of these theories to 21st-century public and nonprofit organizations. Topics such as organizational culture, conflict, stress, communication, leadership, groups, power and politics, and ethics will be examined in an attempt to explain and predict employee behavior in the context of public organizations.

POL 681: Public Sector Human Resource Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive, graduate-level overview of public sector human resource and human capital management in the federal, state and local governments, including such topics as types of personnel systems; recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; training and development; performance management; legal compliance; diversity; and labor-management relations. Students address the literature in one of these areas.

POL 685: Public Administration Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course integrating the theories and methods of public administration in a major research project related to a substantive management or analytic problem in the public sector. Students must propose, execute and publicly defend their project after completing a major review of public administration literature. This course is typically taken in the last semester of graduate work with the MPA program.

Students must take three electives from the following.

ECO 610: Introduction to Economic Development

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will introduce students to the process, purpose and background needed for the local economic development process.

ECO 611: Economic Development Methods

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will introduce students to the methods and sources of information used in the economic development process.

ECO 655: Cost-Benefit Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will introduce the student to the techniques of benefit-cost analysis and program evaluation tools used in business and government applications.

FIN 610: Economic Development Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will introduce students to the financial concepts, tools, programs and practices needed by economic development professionals.

Students must take two electives from the following.

POL 642: Government and Business

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of government and politics in the regulation of business activities and the administration of major legislative enactments.

POL 667: Regulatory Politics and Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of political, economic, administrative and legal aspects of government regulation. The course is intended to prepare practitioners for work in the field of regulatory policy.

POL 672: Public Planning and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive, graduate-level examination of major planning and evaluation techniques for government programs.

POL 677: Local Government Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive study of the economic, political and social environments of cities and other forms of local governments and the impact those environments have on local government administration. The roles and tasks of local government management, as affected by metropolitan conditions and state, regional and federal governments, are also examined.

POL 678: State and Regional Government, Politics and Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Comparative study of state and regional governments, administration, policies and problems. Empirical research concerning structures, institutions and political processes and the relationship between them and the policy outputs is examined and analyzed. Contemporary issues are examined from a comparative perspective to determine explanations for the variation among executives, legislatures and bureaucracies in addressing or resolving these issues.

POL 682: Land Use and Planning Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive examination of the legal, political and economic aspects of efforts to control the use of land. The course will cover constitutional, statutory and common law issues regarding nuisance suits, private covenants, subdivision controls, zoning and zoning procedure, planning processes, and the exercise of eminent domain.

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