Public Administration, MPA

School of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

The mission of the Master of public administration program is to strengthen the public service in a democratic and diverse society by educating students to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically.

Program Contact Information

Carol Ebdon, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
111 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS)
402.554.2152
cebdon@unomaha.edu

Meagan Van Gelder, EdD, Coordinator
111 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS)
402.554.3480
mvangelder@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: NA

Program-Specific Requirements

  • The general prerequisite for admission to the MPA program is a four-year bachelors’ degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the junior and senior years (last 50-60 credit hours)
  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.  They must complete the TOEFL exam with a score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score:
    • Applicants to the UNO School of Public Administration (MPA) program may be granted a waiver from the GRE requirement, under one or more of the following circumstances:
    • The applicant is enrolled in the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work (MSW) program and has completed at least four courses within the minimum GPA of 3.2 and no less than a "B" in any course.
    • The applicant is enrolled in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology MS in MIS program and has completed at least four courses with a minimum of 3.2 and no less than a "B" in any course.
    • The applicant has GMAT or LSAT scores less than five years old.
    • The applicant has previously received a graduate or terminal degree from a regionally-accredited US institution of higher education. These degrees may include, for example, an MS, MA, MPH, MSW, MD, PhD, or JD.
    • The applicant is enrolled in the UNO School of Public Administration certificate of public management program and has completed at least two courses in the program with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 and no less than a B in any course.
    • GRE Waiver Application 
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Admissions Essay
    • The essay should be two to four pages (doubled-spaced) and answer the following questions:
    • Please tell us about the factors in your background that will help us understand your interest in a profession in the public or nonprofit sectors.
    • What are your professional goals? Ten years from now, what do you hope to be doing professionally?
    • How can an MPA from UNO help you to achieve these goals?
  • Resume

Generally, students will be admitted unconditionally if they have a strong undergraduate record, demonstrate good communication skills in their admission essay, receive favorable recommendations, score well on the GRE exam, and have goals consistent with the mission of the MPA program.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
The School of Public Administration has seven (7) core courses required for all MPA students. 1
PA 8050FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION3
PA 8090ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
PA/AVN 8100ADVANCED MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS3
PA/AVN 8120ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING3
PA 8400PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT BUDGETING3
PA 8300POLICY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION3
PA 8530PLANNING AND EVALUATION3
Concentrations
See MPA Concentrations9
General Elective Courses
See MPA General Electives below6
Specializations
See MPA Specializations below
At the end of the program, students complete a Capstone Project or a Thesis:3-6
THESIS
CAPSTONE PROJECT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Total Credits39-42

Exit Requirements

  • Capstone - 3 hours PA 8990 or
  • Thesis - 6 hours PA 8980 For the thesis option, candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements related to forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.  

Total Credit Hours

Non-Thesis Option: 39
Thesis Option: 42

The Non-Thesis Option requires students to complete the 21-hour core, nine hours in an area of concentration, six hours of general elective courses, and the Capstone Project.

The Thesis Option requires students to complete a 21-hour core, nine hours in an area of concentration, six hours of general elective courses, and six hours of thesis. The thesis must be assigned a total of at least six hours on the approved plan of study. The thesis should be initiated no later than one semester before the anticipated date of graduation in order to provide sufficient time for research, writing and examination. It is the responsibility of the student to follow all regulations found here.  The student must orally defend his or her thesis. At that time, the supervisory committee must sign the acceptance page of the thesis. Approval of a thesis by every member of the thesis supervisory committee is required.

MPA General Electives

Students take two general elective courses. Any 8000 level Public Administration course may be taken as an elective (other than the required core and concentration classes). Courses from other departments may also be used as elective courses, but require approval in advance.

PA 8010THE PUBLIC ECONOMY3
PA/AVN 8020AVIATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY3
PA 8030INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION1-6
PA 8040INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION1-6
PA 8060ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR PUBLIC MANAGERS3
PA 8106MARKETING IN PUBLIC, NON-PROFIT AND AVIATION ORGANIZATIONS3
PA 8110MANAGING INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR3
PA 8130MANAGING DIGITAL GOVERNANCE3
PA 8206COMMUNITY ORGANIZING & SOCIAL CHANGE3
PA 8320PUBLIC POLICY EVALUATION3
PA 8330SEMINAR IN POLICY ANALYSIS3
PA 8410PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
PA 8420PUBLIC WORKS MANAGEMENT3
PA 8436MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8440ORGANIZATION DEVELOP. & PLANNED CHANGE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR3
PA 8450SEMINAR IN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC AGENCIES3
PA 8460SEMINAR IN PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8470ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP3
PA/AVN 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8496PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR RELATIONS3
PA 8500ISSUES IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE SECTOR COOPERATION3
PA/GERO 8516LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8520SEMINAR IN GRANT WRITING3
PA 8550INTRODUCTION TO THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR3
PA 8566INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANAGEMENT3
PA 8580NONPROFIT HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT3
PA 8596TECHNIQUES TOPICS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT1-3
PA 8600ADMINISTRATIVE LAW3
PA 8616MUNICIPAL LAW3
PA 8676PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY3
PA 8710FUND RAISING IN PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS3
PA 8720HEALTH CARE FINANCE3
PA 8730ADMINISTRATION OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS3
PA 8740HEALTH CARE POLICY3
PA 8760THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM3
PA 8810SEMINAR IN METROPOLITAN PLANNING3
PA/BIOL/GEOG 8826INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & REGULATIONS3
PA/AVN 8896SPECIAL TOPICS PUBLIC ADMIN3
PA 8906SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION1-3
PA 8920READINGS IN PUBLIC ADMIN1-3
PA 8930NEGOTIATION SKILLS IN GENERAL MANAGEMENT3
PA 8940RESEARCH IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION1-3
PA 8970INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH3
PA/AVN 8980THESIS1-6
AVN 8020/8020AVIATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY3
AVN 8030INTERNSHIP IN AVIATION ADMINISTRATION1-6
AVN 8040INTERNSHIP IN AVIATION ADMINISTRATION1-6
AVN 8060TRANSPORTATION SECURITY3
AVN/PA 8070CASE RESEARCH3
AVN 8086AIRPORT SAFETY AND SECURITY3
AVN 8095AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING3
AVN/PA 8100ADVANCED MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS3
AVN 8106MARKETING IN PUBLIC, NON-PROFIT AND AVIATION ORGANIZATIONS3
AVN/PA 8120ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING3
AVN 8155AVIATION LAW3
AVN 8250AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION3
AVN 8255AVIATION MAINTENANCE ADMININISTRATION3
AVN 8360TRANSPORTATION SAFETY3
AVN 8370AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT3
AVN/PA 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
AVN/TED 8510AEROSPACE EDUCATION WORKSHOP3
AVN 8605INTERNATIONAL AVIATION3
AVN 8626AIRPORT PLANNING AND DESIGN3
AVN 8750TRANSPORTATION FINANCE3
AVN/PA 8896CRITICAL ISSUES IN AVIATION ADMINISTRATION3
AVN 8906SPECIAL TOPICS IN AVIATION1-3
AVN 8920READINGS IN AVIATION ADMINISTRATION1-3
AVN 8940RESEARCH IN AVIATION ADMINISTRATION1-3
AVN 8996AIR TRANSPORTATION3
EMGT 8060PLANNING, PREPAREDNESS, AND MITIGATION3
EMGT 8430RESPONSE, RECOVERY & RESILIENCE3
EMGT 8600CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT3
GERO/PA 8516LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION3
GERO/HED 8556HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING3
GERO 8676PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY3
GERO 8696/SOWK 8046WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY3
HED 8850HEALTH ASPECTS OF STRESS MANAGEMENT3
HED 8600HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HED 8706WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY3
UBNS/BLST 8020RACE, ETHNICITY, AND AMERICAN URBAN CULTURE3
UBNS 8060INTRODUCTION TO URBAN PLANNING3
GEOG 8126URBAN GEOGRAPHY3
CRCJ 8010NATURE OF CRIME3
CRCJ 8020SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8040SEMINAR IN POLICE AND SOCIETY3
CRCJ 8100CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT3
CRCJ 8230TERRORISM3
CRCJ 8800SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE3

MPA Specializations

Criminology and Criminal Justice Specialization

Required Course
PA 8410PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
NATURE OF CRIME
SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
SEMINAR IN POLICE AND SOCIETY
SEMINAR IN CORRECTIONS
SEMINAR IN THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM
SEMINAR IN JUVENILE JUSTICE
SEMINAR IN WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
TERRORISM
SEMINAR ON RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS
SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN RESEARCH METHODS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
SEMINAR IN COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
SEMINAR ON INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS
Total Credits9

Other graduate courses in criminology & criminal justice may be appropriate depending upon the student’s interests and background. CRCJ 8090 is not recommended.

Information Management Specialization

Please note: A module needs to be complete prior to enrolling in the specialization courses.

Required Courses
PA 8110MANAGING INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR3
ISQA 8206INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT3
Elective Course
Select one of the following:3
PROCESS REENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT
FACILITATION OF COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
MANAGING THE I.S. FUNCTION
INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT FUNDAMENTALS
Total Credits9

Concentrations

Emergency Management Concentration

Required Courses
EMGT 8060PLANNING, PREPAREDNESS, AND MITIGATION3
EMGT 8430RESPONSE, RECOVERY & RESILIENCE3
PA 8566INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANAGEMENT3
Total Credits9

Health Administration Concentration

Required Courses
PA 8720HEALTH CARE FINANCE3
PA 8740HEALTH CARE POLICY3
PA 8760THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM3
Total Credits9

Local Government Concentration

Required Courses
PA 8410PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
PA 8436MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8470ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP3
Total Credits9

Nonprofit Management Concentration

Required Courses
PA 8550INTRODUCTION TO THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR3
PA/AVN 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
or PA 8410 PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
PA 8710FUND RAISING IN PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS3
Total Credits9

Public Management Concentration

Required Courses
PA 8410PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
PA 8600ADMINISTRATIVE LAW3
Select one of the following:3
INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANAGEMENT
MANAGING INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC AGENCIES
Total Credits9

Public Policy Concentration

Required Courses
PA 8320PUBLIC POLICY EVALUATION3
PA 8330SEMINAR IN POLICY ANALYSIS3
PA 8600ADMINISTRATIVE LAW3
Total Credits9