Master of Public Administration with Human Resources Concentration

This program is offered at the Jackson campus.

The Master of Public Administration with Human Resources Concentration allows students to look into and experience the field of Human Resources. The courses will have a heavy focus on the study and application of human resource principles. Students will explore areas of study that include employee relations, compensation and benefits, and look at current issues in the field. Students who desire to pursue a MPA may already know the field they intend to work in, and will benefit from the opportunity to add a concentration to the core MPA degree program. Note, the concentration classes are only available online.

The Master of Public Administration at Belhaven University equips graduates for increased leadership and management responsibilities within government agencies. Our goal is to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities of public sector professionals and to serve other student who desire careers in public and non-profit organizations. The program will convey knowledge and develop competencies in public sector management practices, public policy analysis, and public decision-making processes. The program is offered in the evenings to facilitate participation by students who are employed full time and wish to pursue their education. Classes are accelerated and consist of one class meeting per week plus a weekly learning team meeting.


Curriculum Summary

MPA with Human Resource Concentration

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MPA607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA604 Organizational Behavior 3
MPA603 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
MPA605 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MPA611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA606 Human Resources Development 3
MPA609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA608 Management Research Project 3
MPA612 Public Policy Analysis 3
MPA613 Research Capstone Project 3
Total Core

Electives: Choose 2 of the following (online only):
Course # Course Name Credits
MSL661 HR Employee Relations 3
MSL662 HR Compensation and Benefits 3
MSL663 Issues and Innovations in Human Resources 3

Admission Information

Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better has been earned in each course. A 2.5 cumulative GPA or a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course.
Students applying to the Master of Public Administration degree program must also submit the following:

Students may transfer up to six (6) hours of graduate credit from the State-sponsored Certified Supervisory Management (CSM-3 credit hours) and Certified Public Management (an additional 3 graduate credits = 6 total acceptable graduate credit hours). CPM program completion accepted toward a degree must be completed within the last six years. An official certificate or course completion transcript must be submitted before transfer credit is awarded; it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the advisor receives the official certificate or transcript. The advisor makes decisions regarding transfer credit. Students may appeal decisions related to transfer credit to the Dean of the School of Business.