Master of Public Administration:
Government Administration

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in the state and local government sectors is expected to grow modestly. Students strengthen their ability to analyze, develop, and utilize government capacity.

To be awarded the Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in government administration, candidates must earn 36 approved graduate credit hours. All courses are offered online.

Contact Coleen Sassmann at or 563-425-5931

All classes and electives listed are three credits each.

Core Requirements

  • PA 501 Democracy, Public Administration, and Public Policy
  • PA 502 Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • PA 503 Program Evaluation Implementation and Evaluation
  • PA 504 Political Economy and Regulatory Policy for Public Administrators
  • PA 511 Gov’t and NFP Financial Mgmt and Control
  • Capstone: PA 590 Research Seminar

Total: 18 Credits

Government Administration Emphasis

This emphasis area is intended for students who are pursuing
leadership positions in local, state, or national government.

  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective

Choose four of the following: 

  • PA 507 Ethics of Public Service
  • PA 562 Seminar in Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • PA 563 Administrative Law
  • PA 564 Seminar in State and Local Government Management
  • PA 565 Advanced Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • PA 566 Economic Development: Theory and Practice

Total: 18 Credits