Master of Public Administration

This program is offered at the Jackson campus.

The Master of Public Administration degree program 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.

  • 36 credit hours
  • 8-week courses, taught year round
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Local Government Manager
  • Political Scientist
  • State and Federal Manager
  • Public Housing Manager
  • Budget Analyst

Objectives of the Master of Public Administration Program

Change Yourself

  • BUILD on Certified Public Management designation
  • UNDERSTAND economic, political, legal, and social issues
  • DEVELOP a problem-solving approach to public management and policy analysis
  • BECOME A MORE proficient, empathetic, sincere, and compassionate public administer and public servant
  • BE PREPARED to meet the needs and challenges of public service

Change Your Life

  • REWARDING career in public service
  • EXCELLING as a professional with increase advancement opportunities
  • INCREASING your earning power
  • ATTENDING accelerated adult learning style night classes

Change Your Point of View

  • PARTICIPATING in learning teams
  • STUDYING of Public Administration through scholarly and applied research
  • SHAPING your prospective through classes taught from a Christian worldview

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.

Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MPA 607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA 604 Organizational Behavior 3
MPA 603 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
MPA 605 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MPA 611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA 610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA 606 Human Resources Development 3
MPA 609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA 608 Management Research Project 3
MPA 612 Public Policy Analysis 3
MPA 613 Research Capstone Project 3

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

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.

Human Resources Concentration Curriculum Summary

Electives: Choose 2 of the following (online only):
Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 661 HR Employee Relations 3
MSL 662 HR Compensation and Benefits 3
MSL 663 Issues and Innovations in Human Resources 3

We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.