Master of Public Administration Core Requirements

You are encouraged to plan and track your Master of Public Administration coursework at Western Michigan University on a Course Planning Form available from your advisor. This form, and consultations with a School of Public Affairs and Administration M.P.A. advisor, eliminates the possibility of taking courses that do not fulfill program requirements and maximizes the utility of the courses in which students enroll.

Core courses

  • PADM 6000: Historical and Legal Foundations of American Public Administration (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6060: Analytical Methods (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6070: Quantitative Data Analysis (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6080: Organizational Theory and Behavior (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6180: The Political and Economic Environment of Public Administration (three credit hours)
  • PADM 6390: Managing Public Performance and Information Technology (three credit hours)
  • Electives: Choose courses from desired concentration.
  • PADM 6800: Project Paper Seminar (three credit hours)
  • PADM 7120: Professional Field Experience (three credit hours)

Course sequence

The following sequence of courses is strongly recommended for M.P.A. students.

First courses taken

  • PADM 6000: Historical and Legal Foundations of Public Administration
  • PADM 6070: Quantitative Data Analysis
  • PADM 6180: The Political and Economic Environment of Public Administration

Additional courses

  • PADM 6390: Managing Public Performance and Information Technology should be taken after completing PADM 6180: The Political and Economic Environment of Public Administration and PADM 6080: Organizational Theory and Behavior, unless otherwise approved by your advisor.
  • Concentration required courses should be taken before concentration elective courses.

Due to course scheduling, it is understood that this sequence may not always be rigidly followed. In order to complete the program in the least amount of time, you should plan to take core and concentration courses concurrently. It is recommended that you meet with the advisor upon entry into the program to develop a personalized course plan.