Master of Public Administration Curriculum

The University of Montana’s MPA program is created to be flexible for pre-career and mid-career professionals interested in public and nonprofit careers. The MPA program is offered online, in person, or a combination. The MPA degree requires completing 36 credits of course work and a portfolio project/exit interview. The MPA program offers one specific specialization/concentration in nonprofit administration. Students (with the MPA director’s approval) can create an individualized specialization or simply take outside electives upon completion of required core courses (18 credits).

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of public administration, we collaborate with departments across campus to ensure student success in their future or current careers. Here are suggested websites for outside electives for MPA students at the graduate level: Department of Political Science, Law, and/or Public Health.

How do I sign up for classes?

Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive a NetID which starts with 790. Meet with the MPA Director to discuss degree planning. Then, log onto cyberbear to sign up for classes.

What if I am admitted provisionally?

If you have been accepted into the program provisionally, you need to maintain a 3.0 GPA. If, upon, your first semester you fall below a 3.0 GPA your admission will be denied. If above a 3.0 GPA after your first semester, you will be granted full admission.

Sequence of Classes

The MPA program offers core classes at least two times per year, rotating online and in person offerings. Each student is different in terms of course load per semester. In order to receive financial aide a student must be enrolled in 6 credits (two classes). Full-time is considered 3 classes or 9 credits per semester. We have two samples (subject to course rotation) to provide students a guide of when to take classes. This is subject to when you start the program.

Sample Sequence of Classes if 9 credits per semester (meet with MPA Director to complete an individualized plan)

Fall Semester

PUAD 501: Public Administration

PUAD 504: Organization Theory

PUAD: 522 Human Resource Management

Spring Semester

PUAD 503: Policy Analysis

PUAD 505: Budgeting & Finance

PUAD Elective

Summer Semester

Optional (always two online core classes offered)

Summer Indian Institute (optional)

Fall Semester

PUAD 506: Applied Research Methods

PUAD Elective

PUAD Elective

Spring Semester

PUAD Elective

PUAD Elective

PUAD Elective

Complete portfolio and exit interview

Graduate

N/A

 

Sample Sequence of Classes if 6 credits per semester (meet with MPA Director to complete an individualized plan)

Fall Semester

PUAD 501: Public Administration

PUAD: 522 Human Resource Management

Spring Semester

PUAD 503: Policy Analysis

PUAD 505: Budgeting & Finance

Summer Semester

PUAD 504: Organization Theory

Fall Semester

PUAD 506: Applied Research Methods

PUAD Elective

Spring Semester

PUAD Elective

PUAD Elective

Summer Semester:

PUAD Elective

Fall Semester

PUAD Elective

PUAD Elective

Complete portfolio and exit interview

Graduate