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Master of Public Administration - General MPA

Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program with an intensive study area in General Master of Public Administration is designed to prepare students to pursue a management career in government agencies or other areas of the public sector. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration an intensive study area in General Master of Public Administration here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in General Master of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Public Administration

Program Description:

Public policy, budgeting, and administrative law are among the main focuses of Kaplan University's online Master of Public Administration program with an intensive study area in General Master of Public Administration. Courses in the intensive study area address financial management, administrative processes, public program evaluation, political influences on public policy, marginal analysis, and public markets. Core coursework offers study in ethics, leadership, public funds administration, and human resource management. Students seeking admission to the program should have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have taken basic management courses. Students could be able to specialize in health care management, governmental management, fire science and emergency services, or criminal justice. This program has two tracks available: the applied research track and the comprehensive exam track.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

55 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Public Administration with an Intensive Study Area in General Master of Public Administration:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Master of Public Administration Intensive Study Area

  • PP 600: Administrative Law (5 credits)
  • PP 610: Balancing the Budget - Budgetary Process (5 credits)
  • PP 640: Political and Economic Forces (5 credits)
  • PP 650: Public Policy Analysis (5 credits)
  • 500/600-level: Legal Studies Elective (5 credits)

Core Requirements

  • PP 500: Public Administration and Management (5 credits)
  • PP 504: Research and Writing in Public Administration (5 credits)
  • PP 510: Leadership in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • PP 520: Finance and the Administration of Public Funds (5 credits)
  • PP 530: Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PP 698: Applied Research (5 credits)
    • PP 602: Comprehensive Exam Capstone (5 credits)

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Career Paths:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program with an intensive study area in General Master of Public Administration could pursue management positions in the public service field.* They could seek jobs in non-profit organizations or government offices at local, state, or federal levels.

Positions graduates could pursue include†:

  • County administrator
  • Budget analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Government relations officer
  • Director of public works

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