Master of Public Administration:
Public Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in the administrative services management sector is expected to grow by approximately 8% from 2014-2024. This is faster than the national average. Students develop the knowledge, skills and ability to evaluate and apply contemporary managerial research, theories, concepts and principles in order to successfully maximize the potential of diverse human talent in order to develop contributing and productive public employees and teams so they are able to serve the needs of diverse citizen groups.

To be awarded the Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in public management, 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

Public Management Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to assist students develop the
knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage in
complex and dynamic public organizational settings.

  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective

Choose four of the following:

  • PA 505 Organizational Behavior
  • PA 509 Theories of Leadership
  • PA 532 Public Sector Personnel Administration
  • PA 544 Productivity Improvement in Government
  • PA 545 Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
  • PA 548 Advanced Issues in Public Management

Total: 18 Credits