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Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Degree Requirements

The M.P.A. degree requires successful completion of 42 semester hours, consisting of 24 hours of required core courses, 12 hours in a selected emphasis area and at least 6 hours of electives. An internship is required for any M.P.A. student who does not have prior work experience in public, nonprofit or health administration. Individual courses may be waived if a student presents evidence of significant relevant undergraduate study, but other graduate courses must be substituted to meet the minimum of 36 credit hours. Note: Students who repeat courses may not count the repeated course toward their degree.

Core Curriculum (24 hours)
Courses include areas such as financial accountability and public administration, public policy development, leadership for public service and human resource management.

Emphasis Areas
To focus your education and develop your expertise in specific areas of your career, the Bloch School M.P.A. program offers three emphasis areas.

  • Health Services Administration (12 hours)
  • Nonprofit Management (12 hours)
  • Urban Policy and Administration (12 hours)

Elective courses may be selected from PA courses including the student’s chosen emphasis area. They may also be selected from political science, economics, psychology, sociology, or other graduate fields with approval of the faculty advisor.

Independent Study
M.P.A. students are limited to a total of six hours of independent study, of which three hours can be an internship. Specific emphasis areas may have slightly different requirements, which override the general policy. If applicable, they are listed under the relevant emphasis area.

Transfer Credit
A maximum of six credit hours of graduate coursework completed with distinction at an accredited graduate school and relevant to the individual’s degree program may be accepted toward the M.P.A. You must provide official transcripts to UMKC for this purpose. All transfer credit is approved by your advisor during your first semester.

M.P.A. Workshop Series (noncredit)
The M.P.A. Workshop Series includes short workshops, programs, and noncredit seminars that are designed to enrich the breadth and depth of M.P.A. students’ learning experiences and career success. These events address a wide array of topics, ranging from guest lectures on significant civic and public service issues, presented by prominent civic and community leaders, to programs, workshops and development programs in areas such as career planning and professional development, trends and applications associated with emerging technologies and software applications, and trends in professional practice.
MPA Workshop Series Requirement Checklist

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