Master of Public Administration:
Concentration in Public Financial Management

The Public Financial Management concentration provides students with the analytic skills and knowledge to assess the finances and economic position of a municipality or other governmental unit with the power to tax.

To complete this program, students must earn 33 credit hours. Eight core courses are required for all MPA students and provide the first 24 credit hours. Students then complete three additional concentration courses to earn the remaining 9 credit hours. Below is a sample of courses offered in this program. Note that courses may change occasionally and not all courses are offered each term. Contact us for a full list of current courses.

Required Courses (8 courses/24 credits)

  • PADM 6601 – Principles of Public Administration
  • PADM 6602 – Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PADM 6611 – Research Methods in Public Administration
  • PADM 6620 – Personnel Administration and Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • PADM 6625 – Administrative Behavior
  • PADM 6632 – Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PADM 6635 – Political Economy
  • PADM 6690 – Research Seminar

Public Financial Management Concentration

(Below are some examples; confirm with your academic advisor)

  • PADM 6670 – Grant Writing in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • PADM 6674 – Public Leadership
  • PADM 6672 – State and Local Economic Development
  • PADM 6673 – Procurement Management