Curriculum

Core courses—your public affairs foundation

The SPEA Connect online MPA curriculum begins with six required core courses—your foundation to move up in the public affairs field:

  • Public Management (V502)
  • Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (V506)
  • Public Management Economics (V517)
  • Law and Public Affairs (V540)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (F560)
  • Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (V600)

With the help of the faculty director, you will also design an advanced curriculum of at least six electives that is suitable for your professional goals. SPEA Connect offers four advanced curriculum areas: Public Management (PM); Nonprofit Management (NPM); Policy Analysis (PA); and Public Financial Administration (PF).

Learn about SPEA Connect Week—a voluntary, on-campus course

Potential degree pathways

The table below shows potential degree pathways through the MPA and denotes core (C), required (R), and elective (E) courses under each focus area.

 

 

MPA Focus Area

 Course#

Course Title

PM

NPM

PA

PFM

F560

Public Finance and Budgeting

 C

 C

C

V502

Public Management

C

C

C

C

V506

Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making

 C

C

C

V517

Public Management Economics

 C

C

C

V540

Law and Public Affairs

 C

 C

C

C

V600

Capstone in Public Affairs

C

C

 C

F526

Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations

 E

 

 

F542

Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting

F609

Seminar in Revenue Theory and Administration

 

E

R

F610

Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis

 

F667

Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory

 

 R

I516

Public Management Information Systems

 E

 E

M561

Public Human Resource Management

E

 

 

M602

Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations

E

E

E

M654

Public Program Management and Contracting

E

E

 E

N521

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector

E

N522

Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations

E

N525

Management in the Nonprofit Sector

E

N534

International NGO Management

E

E

N557

Proposal Development and Grant Administration

E

E

E

E

N558

Fund Development for Nonprofits

 

E

 

 

P507 

Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs

E

E

E

E

P541

Benefit Cost Analysis

E

E

E

 E

P562

Public Program Evaluation

E

E

E

V512

Public Policy Process

E

E

 

V550

Communications for Public and Nonprofit Affairs

E

 E

E

 

V550

Crisis Communication and Risk Management (Hybrid On-Campus)

E

E

E

E

V550

Global Governance in the 21st Century

E

E

E

E

V550

Global Security in the 21st Century

E

E

V550

Marketing Management for the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

E

E

 

V550

Social Entrepreneurship

E

V550

SPEA Connect Week (Hybrid On-Campus)

E

E

E

E

V550

US Foreign Policy & African Development

E

E

E

V580

Readings in Public Affairs

*

*

*

*

V590

Research in Public Affairs

*

*

*

*

*By permission of the program director.