Master in Public Administration (MPA) Specialization in Public and Non-Profit Management

Ana G. Méndez University System, Continental U.S. Campuses

Program Description

Master in Public Administration (MPA) Specialization in Public and Non-Profit Management

Ana G. Méndez University System, Continental U.S. Campuses

Program Description

The Master in Public and Non- Profit Management is a professional course of study for individuals pursuing careers in government, public service and non-profit organizations. Our students develop knowledge and skills in the management process in areas related to human resources; management of financial resources; organizational strategies, and the analytical techniques applied to maximizing effectiveness and efficiency in public service and in the third sector.

The Graduate Program in Public and Non-Profit Management will offer courses in the various areas: (21 credit hours)

  • Management and Leadership in both sectors;
  • Human Resources and Labor Relations Administration;
  • Accounting and Finance;
  • Legal and Ethical Issues,
  • E-Government Projects,
  • and Research Methods applied to public and non-profit sectors

Also, students will have the opportunity to select 4 courses (12 credit hours) among the following:

  • Development and Management of Strategic Alliances with Non-Profit Organizations;
  • Development of Grant Proposals for Public Sector;
  • Topics and Cases in Urban Policy and Planning;
  • Urban Affairs and Public Policy;
  • Community Organizations and Public Policy;
  • Special Topics, and Legislative Process.

There is also a Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Program Objectives

  • Satisfy the need for sophisticated managers with organizational acumen, technical skills, and an in-depth understanding of what it means to work in both, the public and nonprofit world.
  • Provide excellent graduate professional education for individuals preparing for, or already in, public service or non-profit careers.
  • Create the academic environment for students to develop competencies necessary to manage information, people and money in an environment driven by the desire to make a difference in their communities, their nation, and their world
  • Provide students with a framework for understanding and analyzing the changing role of the third sector in society and its increasing involvement in policy development, advocacy, and service delivery.
  • Foster in students a commitment to social purpose and the public interest
  • Provide students with analytical and practical and research skills that they will require in the workforce whether they pursue a career in government, the third sector
  • Create the conditions for students to acquire extensive knowledge of public policy, political systems, administrative practices, research methods, and computer applications as preparation for significant professional careers in the public sector or non-profit sectors.
  • Prepare students to apply current theories of management and analysis, thereby helping them to master their current ethical and working responsibilities as public administrators and preparing them for exemplary leadership and management in the increasingly complex urban environment of future years.

Curricular Sequence

  • Core/Professional Courses 21 credits
  • Major Courses 12 credits
  • Capstone Courses 3 credits

Degree Requirements

Core/Professional Courses (21 credits)

  • PUAG 502-O Public and Non-Profit Organizations: Management and Leadership 3
  • PUAG 512 Public and Non-Profit Accounting and Finance 3
  • PUAG 515-O Research Methods Applied to Public Affairs 3
  • PUAG 524-O Legal, Ethical and Governance Issues in Public and Non-Profit Organizations 3
  • PUAG 535-O Strategic Management and Public Policy 3
  • PUAG 625-O Human Resources and Labor Relations Administration in Public Sector and Non-Profit Programs 3
  • PUAG 640-O Development and Management of E-Government Projects 3

Major Courses (Select 4 courses – 12 credits)

  • PUAG 630-O Development and Management of Strategic Alliances with Non-ProfitOrganizations 3
  • PUAG 605-O Topics and Cases in Urban Policy and Planning 3
  • PUAG 604-O Urban Affairs and Public Policy 3
  • PUAG 608-O Community Organizations and Public Policy 3
  • PUAG 615-O Development of Financial Proposals for Public Sector 3
  • PUAG 626-O Special Topics 3
  • PUAG 610-O Legislative Process 3

Capstone Courses (3 Credits)

  • PUAG 665-O Capstone Course

Total number of credits 36

*Language skills in English and Spanish will be assessed with a placement test.
Additional language courses may be needed according to the student’s scores in placement tests. If students qualify for Preparatory Language Courses or developmental Language Courses, they must enroll in the courses immediately to increase academic performance in the language. Students must abide by the minimum required hours and policies set by the state and local education agencies for practicum experiences. Students must comply with State and local education certification requirements for the degree, as applicable.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Spanish


Last updated March 1, 2018
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