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Master of Public Administration General online

Prepare to transition into a leadership role in a public service organization while tailoring your degree to meet your specific career goals.

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Program Overview

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

Whether you’re already in public administration or considering a career change, the Master of Public Administration General online program gives you a broad range of essential skills. In this program, you will explore core fields of public administration such as budgeting, organizational theory, human resources, policy analysis, ethics and more.

What makes this innovative program unique is the breadth of elective options enabling you to develop skills applicable in government roles, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, or other niches in-between. By choosing coursework from a wide variety of high-demand areas, you can tailor your degree to your professional interests.

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 General $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 General 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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Courses

For the Master of Public Administration General 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 five 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.

POL 639: Public Sector Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines theories and practices of leadership in public and nonprofit sector organizations. Emphasis is given to competing theories of leadership and to the examination of leadership through theoretical reference frames.

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 648: Health Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course addresses how public policy development and analysis have an impact on the public’s health. The course is designed to provide professionals with the skills for collecting, analyzing and communicating information on public health policy issues using approaches that would be useful in the policy-making arena. Students will learn what policy is, who the policymakers are in public health, who the actors are who are affected by public health policy, and the major influences in determining what policy gets implemented, including the science underlying policy proposals.

POL 659: Intergovernmental Relations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A seminar on the evolution, growth and present nature of federal, state and local interrelationships with an emphasis on grants-in-aid and their implementation.

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 668: Ethics in Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is on the individual, managerial, organizational and societal challenges of establishing and maintaining ethical conduct within public organizations. The course will cover moral, philosophical and legal perspectives on public ethics within government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

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 679: Public Sector Labor Relations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive examination of current federal and state policies on, and impacts of, unionization and collective bargaining in the public sector. Special emphasis is placed on the responsibilities of public employees and public administrators in their respective roles in contract bargaining and administration. The course includes multiple simulation exercises and workshops on labor-management practices.

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.

POL 683: Comparative Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive comparative study of public administration in a variety of different political, legal and economic systems.

POL 686: Law in Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the role of law in the administrative process. Topics to be covered include administrative rulemaking and adjudication, enabling statutes, open records and open meetings laws, procedural due process, and civil liability and immunity for public employees and governments.

HIA 601: Overview of the Healthcare Delivery System

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course provides an overview of historical and contemporary topics associated with healthcare systems and their components. The course examines the complex components of the nation’s healthcare system and their interactions, including organizational structure, financing, the impact of technology, utilization determinants, and the involvement of federal agencies as well as private sectors.

HIA 605: Health Administration and Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prepares administrators and practitioners to manage healthcare organizations by introducing concepts and skills essential to effective healthcare administration.

HIA 610: Healthcare Planning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course designed to provide healthcare administrators and practitioners an understanding of the critical issues and techniques used in successful planning efforts, including a comparison of public sector program planning and private sector strategic planning.

HIA 615: Financial Aspects of Health Service Organizations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course designed to provide healthcare administrators and practitioners a basic understanding of healthcare financial management principles and their application to the practical aspects of managerial decision-making in healthcare facilities.

HIA 701: Healthcare Quality Management/Health Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will explore the essential principles and techniques of quality improvement applied to patient care; the management of services in healthcare organizations will be emphasized.

HEA 603: Health Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the major theories of health behavior and strategies used to implement health interventions. Students will examine the social, cultural and environmental influences on behavior and the links between behavior and health. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for putting theory into practice via health counseling.

HEA 610: Biostatistics in Public Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. It will include the basic and advanced statistical techniques for analyzing and investigating public health issues, including disparities. A statistical package, like SPSS, will be used.

HEA 611: Epidemiology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will introduce and outline the science of epidemiology as it relates and contributes to the fields of public health, medicine and the social sciences. Additionally, this course will focus on the epidemiology methods used to investigate health outcomes in different situations and populations through identifying causative and associative factors of disease and exposure.

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