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

The M.P.A. degree requires successful completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of 21 hours of required core courses, 12 hours in a selected emphasis area, or for a generalist M.P.A., 12 hours of approved electives, and 3 hours of internship. Internship is required for any M.P.A. student who does not have prior work experience in public, nonprofit or health administration; students with requisite work experience prior to commencing the M.P.A. program can petition for the waiver of the internship requirement and thus reducing the program length to 33 . Individual courses may be waived if a student presents evidence of significant relevant prior study, but other graduate courses must be substituted to meet the minimum program length. Note: Students who repeat courses may not count the repeated course toward their degree.

Core Courses (21 hours)
Courses include areas such as leadership, program evaluation, financial management, public policy analysis, human resource management, research methods, and politics of administration.

Emphasis Areas (12 hours)
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 in which a student may take all four required electives.

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

OR Electives (12 hours)
General M.P.A. (no declared emphasis) student elective courses may be selected from any emphasis area. Those may also be selected from political science, economics, psychology, sociology, or other graduate fields with approval of the faculty advisor.

Internship (3 hours) required for pre-service students

Capstone Portfolio (noncredit)
Degree candidates must complete an academic portfolio meeting the criteria enumerated by the program.

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, those 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 must be 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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