College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2014-2015
Department of Politics and International Affairs
Public Administration, Master of Public Administration
What Can I Do with a Master of Public Administration in Public Administration?
You'll tackle skills like budget or fiscal proposal preparation, human resource management issues, conflict resolution, executive management development, and program evaluation. If you're hoping to advance your career and broaden your expertise, our program can help.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Nonprofit administrator
- Nongovernmental organization leader
- Human resource professional
- Program evaluator
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- A bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above or 6 units of subsequent coursework at the graduate level with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Writing sample
- Personal statement or essay
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Take the following 39 units:
Core Coursework in Public Administration (24 units):
- Seminar: POS 681, with a grade of "B" or better (6 units) OR
- A combination of field work experience, POS 608 (3 units), and Independent Study, POS 697 (3 units)
Select 15 units of electives which may include the POS courses listed below or other NAU courses chosen in consultation with your advisor. Note that POS 428 or POS 581 can be taken twice with different topics.
You may choose a concentration from a particular field or take several interdisciplinary courses that comprise a coherent area of study.
Areas from which you may select a concentration or area of study include, but aren't restricted to, Criminal Justice Administration, Educational Administration, Environmental Management, Applied Sociology, and Tribal Government.
Choose all courses in consultation with your academic advisor. You may count up to two 400-level courses toward this degree if they haven't previously been counted toward a bachelor's degree.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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