Master’s of Public Administration

The Master’s Degree


Students will be assigned an advisor upon admission to the program.

Grading Policy

Public Administration students may apply up to six credit hours of C work toward the MPA Degree (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted).  A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition form is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.  All course work applied toward the MPA under this arrangement must be earned at the University of Illinois at Springfield while the student is enrolled in a graduate degree at UIS.

NOTE: Students also should refer to the campus policy on Grades Acceptable Toward Master’s Degrees section of this catalog.

Writing Competence

Faculty may identify writing deficiencies during courses and refer students to the Learning Hub.

Degree Requirements

The 36-hour curriculum of the MPA degree requires the following courses. Students are required to maintain a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative GPA.

Course work

Introductory U.S. government course or equivalent (PAD 501, PAD 504), microeconomics (PAD 504).
Core Courses
PAD 501 Introduction to the Profession * 3
PAD 502 Organization Dynamics 3
PAD 503 Analytical Tools 3
PAD 504 Budget And Finance 3
PAD 505 Human Resource Management 3
PAD 506 Public Policy for Managers (Public Policy for Managers) 3
PAD 507 Information for Decision Making (Information Decision Making) 3
Elective Courses
At least six hours of elective courses must be selected from Public Administration (PAD) courses. Any combination of PAD 400- or 500-level courses may count toward the MPA degree. Only one 400-level elective from a program outside the Department of Public Administration may be counted toward the MPA 12
Masters Closure
PAD 571 Capstone Seminar 3
Total Hours 36

Elective Courses (12 Hours)

Courses that essentially duplicate or cover prerequisite-level material, even though such courses may be offered by other programs at the 500-level or higher, do not count. A total of four hours of internship credits are creditable toward the MPA and are considered inside elective credits.

Students pursuing the MPA typically follow one of two advanced professional development patterns. One pattern involves course work chosen from PAD offerings, often including fields such as personnel, budgeting, policy analysis/program evaluation, or organizational change/development. The second pattern involves completing advanced course work in PAD offerings in conjunction with course work offered by other UIS academic departments, such as legal studies (administrative law), management information systems, environmental studies, accountancy (public financial management), or human services (social services).

Master’s Closure

MPA degree candidates are expected to fulfill the campus closure requirements by earning a grade of B- or better in PAD 571PAD 571 is open only to MPA majors who have already completed the degree core courses. The MPA faculty strongly recommends that majors enroll in the Capstone Seminar after completing PAD 501PAD 507; however, majors may enroll in the Capstone Seminar while simultaneously completing their final core course. Generally, the capstone course is taken in the last semester of study.

Campus policy requires that PAD majors who enroll in PAD 571, but who do not complete the course in one semester, must enroll in PAD 572 Capstone Seminar Continuing Enrollment  (zero credit hours, one billable hour), each fall and spring semester until the course work is completed.