Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Statement of Purpose

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to prepare individuals for positions of leadership in public service organizations. This program will provide a strong foundation in public policy, the organizational environment, the management of public service organizations, and the application of quantitative and qualitative analysis to decision making. The development of critical thinking skills and self motivation are key components of the MPA program.

Course Requirements

Each candidate for the master’s degree in Public Administration will be required to complete 21 credits of core courses, 12 credits of electives, and 3 credits of professional project.

Required Core Courses (21 credit hours):

PA 6003 Public Administration and Public Policy
PA 6023 Ethics
PA 6053 Public and Non- profit Budgeting
PA 6063 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
PA 6073 Research Methods
PA 6083 Organizational Leadership
PA 6103 Public Administration Theory and Practice

Select 12 hours from the following:

PA 6013 Statistics for Public Administrators
PA 6033 Rural Politics
PA 6043 Legal Issues in Public Administration
PA 6153 Public Personnel Administration
PA 6183 Special Topics I
PA 6193 Special Topics II
PA 6093 Community Development
PA 6243 Community Organizing
PA 6133 Non- Profit Fundraising
PA 6163 Social Equity, Public Finance and Org Development
PA 6173 Public Administration and Social Justice
PA 6253 Social Activism

Required Project Course (3 credit hours):

PA 6113 Professional Project*

Contact Information:

Dr. Deborah Wilson
Peace 123
870-235-4324
djwilson@saumag.edu

Important Links

Intensive Weekend Courses

Some courses are offered in the Intensive Weekend format both on and off campus.  These are considered “hybrid” courses which include some on-line work.  The classes are conducted over two weekends during the term and meet Friday 6:00 – 9:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM; and Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM.  The student must log in to Blackboard during the first week of classes as shown on the SAU calendar.  Students are expected to complete all reading and writing assignments as shown on the syllabus prior to each weekend meeting.  Attendance at both weekends is mandatory in order to receive credit for the Intensive Weekend courses.

The important things to know about the Weekend courses:

  • For each course, it is only two weekends per semester.
  • When you are in an intensive weekend, all of your focus is on public administration.
  • We are able to stay focused on some complex topics longer rather than break them up into 3 hour classes.
  • It is not straight lecture or discussion- we use a mix of activities and media.
  • Students who have taken these courses usually find that they prefer the weekend format.

Off Campus Opportunities

We currently offer courses in Texarkana and Ashdown (as part of an arrangement with Cossatot Community College in DeQueen.) These courses are the same as those in Magnolia and may be taken by any MPA student. At these sites, we only offer the intensive weekend format. We hope to offer courses at other community colleges in the near future.