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MPA in General Public Administration

Regent University's Master of Public Administration with a concentration in General Public Administration program is designed to increase students' knowledge of principles and processes in public policy development, budgeting, and more. Get details about this online MPA program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration with a concentration in General Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

An academic background in economics or government could prove helpful for students seeking to enter this MPA degree program. Strong analytical and managerial skills might also be beneficial. Applicants to Regent University's master's degree programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Public fiscal policies, HR management, and policy initiatives are among the main topics students might expect to explore in the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in General Public Administration program at Regent University. The core curriculum of this program might focus on HR management practices at all three government levels, taxation, administrative theory, and organizational structure and dynamics. In this concentration, students can choose courses from among all those offered in the School of Government; these courses might address such topics as public information systems, international relations, human rights, world politics, or economic principles. An optional internship allows students to participate in two or more political campaigns, while a capstone course examines a student's level of understanding of concepts and theories discussed throughout the program.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

37 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in General Public Administration:

Of the 37 credits required to graduate from this MPA program, 24 are taken in the core curriculum. The remaining credits include concentration courses (nine credits), a culminating experience (three credits), and a capstone (one credit). Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Research Methods
  • Christian Foundations of Government
  • Public Policy Initiatives
  • Public Human Resources Management
  • Public Budgeting and Taxation Policy
  • Leadership and Administrative Ethics
  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Organizational Theory

Concentration Courses: General Public Administration (9 credits)

  • Choose any three courses from Robertson School of Government and/or other graduate programs

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • Choose one of the following:
    • Elective
    • Internship

Capstone (1 credit)

  • MPA Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In many cases, an MPA will be sufficient for most senior management or executive positions; however, graduates of the MPA in General Public Administration program who wish to pursue careers in academics or research might need to complete a doctoral degree program. Some positions in program or policy analysis, for instance, might require a doctorate. Advanced degrees graduates might be interested in include:

  • PhD in Government
  • PhD in Public Administration
  • Doctor of Public Administration

Career Paths:

After earning this MPA degree, graduates might have developed the leadership skills and understanding of public policy processes to explore positions in government at the local, state, or federal levels. They might assume responsibility of program development and implementation, policy analysis, public budgeting, city planning, or county operations.

Careers that graduates might be interested in pursuing include:

  • Urban planner
  • City manager
  • Public administration consultant

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