Master's of Public Administration Online
Master of Science in Management - Public Administration
Public administration professionals are found in many areas, from private and public-sector organizations to non-profit and community service-based companies. Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Public Administration focuses on helping students prepare and develop technical leadership and management skills in the areas of public administration and policy.
CTU’s Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Public Administration focuses on studies relevant to management positions within government agencies and at businesses, nonprofits, universities and non-government organizations that work with those agencies.
Ranked Among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs
For the fifth year in a row, CTU's Master of Science in Management degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA) by U.S. News and World Report.*
CTU strives to make it convenient to manage your education anytime, anywhere with CTU Mobile. Classes begin every 8 weeks and run 5½ weeks long.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 best online programs.
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
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The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Public Administration (MSM-PA) is a 48-credit-hour program offered online. The program includes 28 credit hours of core management courses and 20 credit hours devoted to the public administration concentration.
This program is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing management careers in government agencies or in businesses that deal with government agencies in one capacity or another. The concentration courses focus on how public agencies operate, how they are funded, and how to apply traditional private-sector management principles to public-sector challenges. The program provides students with a mix of traditional management and public administration courses, and is designed to support those looking into private sector opportunities that involve interaction with government agencies; government positions at the local, state, and federal levels; or nonprofit and non-governmental agencies.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Courses - CoreCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours FINC615 Applied Managerial Finance 4 INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4 IT600 IT Management 4 MGMT604 Organizational Behavior 4 MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 MKTG630 Applied Managerial Marketing 4 PM600 Project Management Processes in Organizations 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours PA600 Public Administration Theory and Practice 4 PA605 Graduate Research Methods for Public Administration 4 PA610 Federal, State, and Local Government 4 PA615 Budgeting and Finance for Public Administration 4 PA620 Capstone in Public Administration 4 Total Credit Hours: 20
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and Alignments
This program is designed in alignment with the professional standards of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), which is the Global Standard in Public Service Education.
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