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Executive MPA Curriculum

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

Ohio University's online Executive Master of Public Administration program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering organizational leadership, public budgeting, research methods, and strategic leadership. Unlike other Master of Public Administration programs, we offer a curriculum built for the real challenges faced by public administrators. You won’t find us teaching a lot of theory. Instead, our courses focus on building your technical skills in areas like data analysis and program evaluation, while providing customized assessments to turn you into a strategic leader who can navigate the complexities of the public sector.

The program consists of six Core courses plus an additional six approved MPA elective courses. The program includes workshops on emerging subjects like e-government, public communication, social justice, grant writing, HR fundamentals, and crisis management. These workshops provide practical skills relevant to today's evolving public administration landscape, preparing students to tackle real-world challenges and make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields. The culminating experience is a portfolio capturing the student's learning experiences in the program through the submission of select research and professional papers. The portfolio is presented in person or via written submission to a faculty committee. Overall, Ohio University's MPA curriculum provides a comprehensive skill set and knowledge base for successful careers in public administration.

Core Courses

MPA 5140 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)

Examines how organizations have been described and theorized in public administration.

MPA 5860 Public Budgeting (3 credits)

This class examines principles of sound tax policy and politics surrounding revenue decisions. It also examines processes and techniques of governmental spending decisions. The practices and fundamental concepts of government accounting, budgeting, financial management and public finance will also be introduced. Contemporary cases of budget decision-making processes at the national, state and local budget systems will be considered.

MPA 6200 Foundations of Public Administration (3 credits)

An examination of the fundamental concepts and issues in the field of public administration.

MPA 6800 Strategic Leadership and Public Value (3 credits)

Seminar content varies; underlying focus is on the creation of public value.

MPA 5590 Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)

Focuses on the skills needed to develop and implement an outcome system within a public or nonprofit organization. Methods for determining information needs for monitoring of service delivery and program outcomes will be explored. Evaluation issues will be considered in the context of ethical standards, program effectiveness and efficiency.

Elective Courses

Complete an additional 18 hours of approved MPA elective courses.

MPA 5890 Non-profit Leadership and Governance (3 credits)

An introduction to the non-profit sector and its role in society, the economy, and the delivery of human services. Includes an overview of principle management junctions as each applies to non-profit organizations.

MPA 5580 Public Sector Program Evaluation (3 credits)

Provides an overview and develops skills in the basic concepts and methods in program evaluation.

MPA 5850 Policy Analysis for Public Affairs and Leadership (3 credits)

Focused upon key aspects of public policymaking and analysis, and designed to introduce you to ways of systematically thinking about public policies. Because one cannot analyze a policy without understanding the roots of the policy in question, in this course we spend some time understanding the key actors and forces in the policy arena, understanding how to develop an appropriate framework for analysis, and the limitations of each analytical framework.

MPA 5810 Public Private Partnerships (3 credits)

In much of the country, public and private actions develop business and physical infrastructure, provide needed services and contribute to other physical and intellectual attributes that constitute communities. This course examines the intermingling of public and private roles and responsibilities and the potential consequences for the business, social, economic and physical development of communities that reflect the inevitable negotiation of public interest oversight and entrepreneurial risk in cross-sectoral partnerships. This course will function as a public private partnership with faculty and students engaging business and public leaders to build and analyze partnerships for the future.

MPA 5900 Special Topics Workshop: E-Government (1 credit)

This online, self-paced workshop will examine the impact of several emerging technologies on public expectations of privacy from a public policy perspective. The student will be asked to develop a policy briefing paper for a senior official that examines the likely issues that will arise and prepare a local government to understand and respond to citizens’ concerns.

MPA 5900 Special Topics Workshop: Public Communication (1 credit)

Introduces students to media relations, social media platforms and how to effectively communicate in those environments.

MPA 5900 Special Topics Workshop: Social Justice (1 credit)

Introduces students to the potential relationships between public administration and the tenets of social justice.

MPA 5900 Special Topics Workshop: Grant Writing (1 credit)

Introduces students to the process of evaluating grant opportunities and how to prepare a grant application.

MPA 5900 Special Topics Workshop: HR Fundamentals (1 credit)

This elective will introduce students to executive & leadership coaching as a human resource practice. Students will accomplish this by taking part in a one-hour leadership coaching session with a Voinovich Academy coach. The coaching will focus on the results of the student's Gallup CliftonStrengths or other psychometric assessment results. Students are also able to present any coaching topic they're most interested in, whether or not assessment results are available.

MPA 5900 Special Topics Workshop: Crisis Management (1 credit)

This workshop will examine crisis planning, collaboration and leadership as integrated parts of the whole crisis and emergency management approach. Crisis identification and recognition, collaborative planning and plan execution, and leadership into resiliency will be examined. The student will be challenged to apply key general principles be developing emergency plan checklists and an organizational crisis plan outline.

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