Hodges University

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration is designed to prepare graduates for roles in government and nonprofit enterprises. Graduates of the program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to lead and contribute to the organizational success at the executive level. Mastery of the critical competencies such as governmental and nonprofit administration, policy planning, decision making, environmental scanning, finance, budgeting, and research are included in the MPA program of study. MPA graduates are required to successfully complete prescribed course work in the Public Administration Core. All students must successfully complete a Professional Portfolio and comprehensive exam in order to graduate.

Accelerated and Online
The MPA program is offered online as a part of our online learning experience. In addition to being offered online, students can also complete their degree in an accelerated format. The accelerated format allows students to focus on one topic at a time.

MPA students acquire competencies in:

  • Governmental and Nonprofit Administration
  • Policy Planning and Decision Making
  • Government Budgeting and Finance
  • Environmental Scanning and Research
  • Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Administrative Law and Regulatory Processes
  • Labor Relations, Negotiations and Contract Issues in Human Resources
  • Executive Leadership

Why MPA?

What Can I Do With an MPA?

A Master in Public Administration prepares you for careers in a variety of sectors. From Parks & Recreation to the CEO of a charitable organization, an MPA provides career choices. The table below provides a few examples of where an MPA might take YOU!

  • Private Sector
  • Local Government
  • State & Federal Government
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Economic Development 
  • City Manager
  • COO or CEO
  • Public Administration Consultant
  • Education Administration 
  • Community or Public Health Director
  • Fire Services
  • Transportation Director
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Urban Planning Director
  • Budget Director
  • Police Commissioner
  • Emergency Management


What is the Public Administration Career Outlook?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013 expects steady growth in most MPA related fields through 2020. The list below is a small sample of related growth statistics.*

Job TitleAnnual Growth
Social & Community Services Managers    27%
Top Executives    5%
Administrative Services Managers    15%
Financial Managers    9%
Postsecondary Education Administrators    19%

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm 1/30/2014


What Will I Learn?

A full time student, 9 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in 1 year and 4 months.

Graduates of the MPA program must successfully complete the following degree components with a minimum of C in all course work with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I. Public Administration Core Semester Hour Credit
PAD5200 Public Administration Concepts & Theory

PAD5200 - Public Administration Concepts & Theory - 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic theories, concepts, principles and quantitative practices in public and not-for-profit management. A grade of B or better is required for this course.

GEB5226 Research Methods

GEB5226 - Research Methods - 3 Credits

A study of the philosophy and methodology of conducting graduate research and reporting. Areas of study include primary and secondary data collection, on-line search methods, and the analysis and compilation of conclusions for decision making. A final research paper will focus on the student’s area of concentration. This course must be taken during a student’s first or second semester.

PAD6000 Public Administration: Function and Structure

PAD6000 - Public Administration: Function and Structure - 3 Credits

An overview of the public administration sector and its impact on the community, the nation, and the individual. The course examines the function of various governmental units and their interrelationships with other governmental branches and units, the constituencies, and special interest groups.

PAD6050 Management of American, State, and Local Government

PAD6050 - Management of American, State, and Local Government - 3 Credits

Examination of administrative, fiscal, legal, and structural factors that affect government. This course identifies the source of political power in governmental agencies. An in-depth analysis of structure, policy, and procedures that causes government to function.

PAD6107 Executive Leadership

PAD6107 - Executive Leadership - 3 Credits

Advanced studies in leadership theory and practice. Leadership models are studied within the context of a variable situational environment, coupled with the individual characteristics of the leader.

PAD6250 Administrative Law and Regulatory Processes

PAD6250 - Administrative Law and Regulatory Processes - 3 Credits

This course covers the fundamental concepts of administrative law including enabling statutes, the Administrative Procedures Act, rule-making, investigatory power, enforcement, and adjudication functions.

PAD6260 Constitutional Law and Public Administration

PAD6260 - Constitutional Law and Public Administration - 3 Credits

This course provides essential coverage of government powers, structures, and civil liberties provided for in the United States Constitution and interpretative cases, and their effects on the laws, rules, and procedures of governmental entities and agencies.

PAD6270 Labor Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Issues in Human Resources

PAD6270 - Labor Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Issues in Human Resources - 3 Credits

This course includes the fundamental concepts of hiring, equal employment opportunity, wages, occupational safety, health care, pensions, training, and labor contract relations. The focus is on human resources management with some discussion on human resources information systems. Emphasis is placed on applying employment laws to develop programs that enable organizations to be proactive in meeting both organizational and work force needs while at the same time, resolving workplace disputes, negotiation, preventing litigation, and implementing and administering human resources policies and practices in compliance with applicable laws.

PAD6376 Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity

PAD6376 - Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity - 3 Credits

A study of the establishment and management of organizational standards for ethics, social responsibility, and cultural diversity. Case studies will augment the instruction of societal and legal requirements for responsible organizational behavior. The student is required to complete and document a community service project or field research project during the term of study.

PAD6406 Governmental Budgeting and Finance

PAD6406 - Governmental Budgeting and Finance - 3 Credits

A survey of finance conventions and budgetary processes for public sector organizations. The course will cover sources of public funds and how the legislative process allocates financial resources to various agencies via a budgeting process.

Prerequisite: PAD6000.

PAD6895 Public Policy Analysis

PAD6895 - Public Policy Analysis - 3 Credits

A course of study that evaluates the best alternatives in establishing public policy in view of the often conflicting forces affected by policy. Students will study case applications in the establishment of public policy and exercise their own skills in proposing simulated responses to needs for new policy.

Prerequisites: PAD6000, PAD6406.

PAD6001 Professional Portfolio

PAD6001 - Professional Portfolio - 0 Credits

In this course students will produce an electronic professional portfolio that demonstrates their mastery of Hodges University’s core competencies of Critical Thinking, Effective Communications, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students are required to take this course their last semester with the University and must successfully complete this course in order to graduate.

PAD6999 MPA Comprehensive Examination

PAD6999 - MPA Comprehensive Examination - 0 Credits

A non-credit requirement to pass the Master of Public Administration Comprehensive Examination after completion of the Public Administration courses and as a qualifying condition for graduation. PAD6999 is not a course of study, but is an examination that is listed as a course number to assure documentation of successful completion. Prerequisite: Completion of all courses required for graduation.


Total Public Administration Core

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement



How is Hodges MPA Program Different?

Our Program is Accredited

Hodges University has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Olathe, Kansas. The following degree programs are accredited by the IACBE: Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Management and the Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Science in Management.

Class Size

Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need.

Our Cutting Edge Curriculum

The courses in our Public Administration program are contemporary and designed to offer students real-world, applied knowledge in their field of study.

Our Faculty

Our courses are taught by eminently qualified professors with extensive real world experience. The business professors are very sensitive to the needs of traditional students and adult learners and provide a learning environment that both excites and motivates students to succeed. Faculty and staff are available to students through a variety of communication mediums; including regular, in-person office hour meetings, phone, email, and Blackboard virtual office.

Our Experience

Public Administration faculty in our Johnson School of Business are highly experienced and qualified in their field of expertise. This real-world, applied knowledge is an invaluable resource for students studying to begin or advance their careers.

Your Choice

You can obtain your Master of Public Administration completely online and in an accelerated format. Chose the options that are most convenient for you!

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Graduate Bulletin.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all graduate credit hour courses is $660.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"Hodges gave me the inspiration and the skills to create a solid business plan. One day I’m learning it, the next day I’m living it."- Johnson School of Business Graduate

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!


Aysegul Timur

Program Chair of Business/Public Administration, Professor : Business Administration and Public Administration

I love Hodges University because I enjoy making a beneficial difference in the lives of our students, personally and professionally, via quality education in an effective learning environment that makes use of advanced educational technology.

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