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School of Public ServiceMPA Focus Areas

Master of Public Administration focus area courses are electives that are offered on a regular basis and within an approximate two-year cycle.

  • These elective groupings are not part of formal degree concentrations or certificates, but are intended for student and faculty planning and degree-path emphasis.
  • The focus areas may be used if your employer or tuition provider requires a formal degree plan.
  • All PADM courses are provided within the School of Public Service; all FOUN courses are housed within the College of Education & Professional Studies.

We recommend at least 3-4 courses within each focus area for your scheduling purposes.

  • PADM 653 Wicked Problems
  • PADM 708 Urban and Regional Economic Development
  • PADM 714 Public-Private Partnerships
  • PADM 719 Leadership
  • PADM 739 Cultural Competency
  • PADM 780 Local Government Management
  • PADM 781 Intergovernmental Management
  • FOUN 722 Introduction to Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
  • FOUN 822 Linear Models

Other Advanced Research Methods and Analysis courses, depending on interest and scheduling:

  • FOUN 814 Qualitative Research
  • FOUN 818 Analysis with Large Datasets
  • FOUN 825 Applied Multilevel Modeling
  • FOUN 826 Appl. Of Structural Equation Models
  • FOUN 827 Logistic Regression

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