Public Administration, MPA (Public Management)

Master of Public Administration Degree with a Concentration in Public Management

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 39
    Credits
  • $375.00
    In-State
  • $617.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a concentration in Public Management which is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies that can be applied broadly in administrative leadership positions across government, nonprofit and private sectors.

Students of the Public Administration, MPA (Public Management) program will gain skills to:

  • Plan and implement innovative, efficient and effective strategies affecting constituencies ranging from the most vulnerable to the most affluent populations.
  • Protect natural resources, build infrastructure systems and lead communities.
  • Become a steward of the democratic way of life.

This versatile program allows students to choose between a wide range of elective courses to tailor to their individual interests.

Students choose the online Master of Public Administration program because of the:

  • High-quality curriculum from a distinguished, accredited university.
  • Low tuition from a convenient, accessible location.
  • Faculty members regarded as national and international scholars and leaders in the field of public administration. 
  • Flexible coursework offered 100% online, allowing for personal and skill development on a schedule that is conducive to busy professionals. 
  • A community of scholars and practitioners who share a deep commitment to effective teaching and rigorous research on public administration. 

Career Outlook: In today's working world, an advanced degree is essential. A degree in public administration prepares graduates for leadership positions in state and local government, health care administration, nonprofit management and human resources management. According to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, graduate education is expected to continue giving persons working or seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors a competitive edge.

This program is ideal for professionals looking to work in areas such as:

  • Public service
  • Health care management
  • Federal, state and local government 
  • Nonprofit management 
  • Human resource management

More about the Public Administration, MPA:

The mission of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is to strengthen public service in a democratic and diverse society by educating students to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically. The MPA degree is the recognized graduate degree for professionals in public service.

A master's degree in Public Administration is more than a professional degree. It's a gateway to transforming society through a career in public service. The mission of the program is to strengthen public service in a democratic, yet diverse society by educating students who manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically.

The online MPA offers several concentrations, including:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Local Government
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    What are 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?

  6. 2 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PA 8530Planning and Evaluation3
This course is designed to have the student understand the relationship between public policy, agency strategy, agency operation and the delivery of public services to citizens. It will provide the student an opportunity to devise a model strategy for a public agency or jurisdiction, introduce a variety of systems for managing particular tasks within the public sector and give the student the opportunity to construct operating procedures for a specific public program or subprogram. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, and PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8300Policy Design and Implementation3
This course examines the formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Important topics include the basic features of American government, the causes and determinants of public policies, the dynamics of decision-making in the public sector, the obstacles to "successful" public programs, and the criteria for the assessment of a public program's impact. Special emphasis is given to the role public manager’s play within the policy process. Prereq: PA 8010, 8050, and 8090 Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8050Foundations of Public Service3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the art and science of public administration and to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the pursuit of graduate education in public administration. Prereq: None. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8120Analysis & Decision Making3
This course is designed to assist students develop their skills in quantitative analysis of information relevant to public affairs. The course introduces students to fundamentals of research designs, strategies of data collection and basic statistical analysis.
PA 8090Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3
Study of the various approaches to understanding public organizations and people in them with special emphasis on the design, functioning and management of public agencies. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8400Public Budgeting3
The purpose of the course is to familiarize public administration students with the basic characteristics and features of public budgets and enable them to deal competently with them. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Non-Profit Professionals3
This course is designed to advance students’ understanding and techniques about the role of leadership and ethics in the public and nonprofit sectors. Special attention will be paid on the application of theories of leadership and ethics to manage various boundary spanning activities including managing external relationships, collaborations/networks, performance, and innovation and change.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PA 8530Planning and Evaluation3
This course is designed to have the student understand the relationship between public policy, agency strategy, agency operation and the delivery of public services to citizens. It will provide the student an opportunity to devise a model strategy for a public agency or jurisdiction, introduce a variety of systems for managing particular tasks within the public sector and give the student the opportunity to construct operating procedures for a specific public program or subprogram. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, and PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8300Policy Design and Implementation3
This course examines the formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Important topics include the basic features of American government, the causes and determinants of public policies, the dynamics of decision-making in the public sector, the obstacles to "successful" public programs, and the criteria for the assessment of a public program's impact. Special emphasis is given to the role public manager’s play within the policy process. Prereq: PA 8010, 8050, and 8090 Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8050Foundations of Public Service3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the art and science of public administration and to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the pursuit of graduate education in public administration. Prereq: None. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8120Analysis & Decision Making3
This course is designed to assist students develop their skills in quantitative analysis of information relevant to public affairs. The course introduces students to fundamentals of research designs, strategies of data collection and basic statistical analysis.
PA 8090Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3
Study of the various approaches to understanding public organizations and people in them with special emphasis on the design, functioning and management of public agencies. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8400Public Budgeting3
The purpose of the course is to familiarize public administration students with the basic characteristics and features of public budgets and enable them to deal competently with them. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Non-Profit Professionals3
This course is designed to advance students’ understanding and techniques about the role of leadership and ethics in the public and nonprofit sectors. Special attention will be paid on the application of theories of leadership and ethics to manage various boundary spanning activities including managing external relationships, collaborations/networks, performance, and innovation and change.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PA 8530Planning and Evaluation3
This course is designed to have the student understand the relationship between public policy, agency strategy, agency operation and the delivery of public services to citizens. It will provide the student an opportunity to devise a model strategy for a public agency or jurisdiction, introduce a variety of systems for managing particular tasks within the public sector and give the student the opportunity to construct operating procedures for a specific public program or subprogram. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, and PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8300Policy Design and Implementation3
This course examines the formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Important topics include the basic features of American government, the causes and determinants of public policies, the dynamics of decision-making in the public sector, the obstacles to "successful" public programs, and the criteria for the assessment of a public program's impact. Special emphasis is given to the role public manager’s play within the policy process. Prereq: PA 8010, 8050, and 8090 Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8050Foundations of Public Service3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the art and science of public administration and to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the pursuit of graduate education in public administration. Prereq: None. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8120Analysis & Decision Making3
This course is designed to assist students develop their skills in quantitative analysis of information relevant to public affairs. The course introduces students to fundamentals of research designs, strategies of data collection and basic statistical analysis.
PA 8090Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3
Study of the various approaches to understanding public organizations and people in them with special emphasis on the design, functioning and management of public agencies. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8400Public Budgeting3
The purpose of the course is to familiarize public administration students with the basic characteristics and features of public budgets and enable them to deal competently with them. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Non-Profit Professionals3
This course is designed to advance students’ understanding and techniques about the role of leadership and ethics in the public and nonprofit sectors. Special attention will be paid on the application of theories of leadership and ethics to manage various boundary spanning activities including managing external relationships, collaborations/networks, performance, and innovation and change.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$375.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$427.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1125.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1281.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$617.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$669.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1851.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2007.75
Chris Goodman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Chris Goodman’s research interests include local public finance, federalism, political economy and urban economics. Specifically, he is engaged in two main lines of research. The first examines the determinants and outcomes of the institutional arrangement of local governments. The second is an analysis of sprawl and its continued influence on the fiscal affairs of local governments. He teaches courses pertaining to public budgeting, public finance, research methods and statistics.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01