Public Management

The Master of Public Administration public management concentration offered by the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University is composed of seven three-credit-hour courses: three courses from the required concentration courses, three elective concentration courses, and the Project Paper Seminar. One course from elective substitutes can be substituted for one of the elective concentration courses with special permission from your advisor.

Required concentration courses

  • PADM 6120: Principles of Public Budgeting (three credit hours)
  • One of the following:
    • PADM 6860: State Agency Administration (three credit hours)
    • PADM 6130: Local Government Administration (three credit hours)
  • One of the following:
    • PADM 6270: Human Resources Administration (three credit hours)
    • PADM 6290: Supervisory Skills (three credit hours)

Elective concentration courses

  • PADM 6110: Administrative Law and Governmental Regulation (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6130: Local Government Administration (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6140: Managing Community Growth/Development (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6150: State and Local Government Finance (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6170: Intergovernmental and Interorganizational Relations (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6860: State Agency Administration (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6870: Legislative Relations for Administrators (three credit hours)

Elective substitutes

  • PADM 6400: Nonprofit Governance (three credit hours)
  • GEOG 5570: Environmental Impact Assessment (three credit hours)
  • GEOG 5690: Intermediate G.I.S. (three credit hours)
  • GEOG 6090: Advanced G.I.S. Seminar (three credit hours)
  • SOC 6600: Theoretical Issues in Criminology (three credit hours)
  • SOC 6640: Studies in Criminology (three credit hours)

Capstone

  • PADM 6800: Project Paper Seminar (three credit hours)