Master of Public Administration

(Alternating Weekends and Online)


Professor Terrell Manyak - Master of Public Administration Degree Program
Terrell G. Manyak, Ph.D. - Professor of Public Administration; Ph.D., UCLA. Public policy and economic development.

With more than 30 years of experience in public administration, the Huizenga Business School is uniquely poised to meet the needs of an expanding population and government through training and community development. The mission of the Master of Public Administration program is to provide you with management skills to lead public and community agencies, as well as to understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made.

The MPA program's curriculum has been designed to meet public sector, government, and nonprofit needs in the new millennium based on emerging theory, employee surveys, and focus groups of professional administrators. The result is the most current, relevant, and practically focused curriculum anywhere.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the MPA program is to enhance local and state governance as well as nonprofit organizations through education, research and service. On-campus and accessible distance-learning educational programs are provided in public administration for a diverse student population to enhance and advance their careers as managers. The program cultivates analytical skills and public service values like accountability, integrity, diversity and ethical decision-making by engaging students and faculty in innovative, life-long learning experiences.

List of Specializations:

  • State and Local Administration
  • Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disaster and Emergency Management

Program Features:

  • Courses offered alternating weekends on the main campus and online.
  • Program can be completed in as little as 21 months.
  • Program begins four times annually with starts in October, January, April, and July.
  • Features professional competency in Value Driven Management.

Number of Students in the Program:

There are 236 students in the NSU MPA program.

2013 Public Administration Educator of the Year Jack Pinkowski

Curriculum Guide  arrowtop

Each of the following is required (40 total credits):

PUB 5450 Public Administration in Theory and Application  
PUB 5451 Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector  
PUB 5461 Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector  
PUB 5462 Leadership in the Public Sector  
PUB 5463 Emergency Management in the Public Sector  
PUB 5465 Public-Sector Human Resource Management  
PUB 5472 Public Finance  
PUB 5473 Public Budgeting  
PUB 5477 Public-Sector Statistical Analysis  
PUB 5480 Public Policy Analysis  
PUB 5481 Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs  
PUB 5499 Public and Nonprofit Strategic Management  
PUB 5402 Master of Public Administration Integrative Capstone  
(Term-long online course with one week-end meeting on the main campus)

Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your CAPP report. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or CAPP report can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

Course Descriptions  arrowtop

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the Master of Public Administration curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

PUB 5450     Public Administration in Theory and Application  (3 cr.)

PUB 5450 is designed to be taken as the first course in the MPA curriculum. This course examines the role of public administration and not-for-profit organizations in a democratic society. Students examine the theories, forces, and people that drive the public sector and the specific management techniques used to implement public policy. Finally, attention is given to how public policies are developed and the institutions that governments use to implement those policies.

PUB 5451     Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector  (3 cr.)

Students will gain an overview of the key issues and challenges involved with managing projects involving hardware, software, and telecommunications; data warehousing and data mining systems; systems development and implementation; and end-user computing. The emphasis is to assist students with the tools and techniques to be able to manage information as a resource and to use it to help transform public sector organizations and promote innovative best practices.

PUB 5461     Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector  (3 cr.)

The course introduces students to the field of ethics and shows how ethical principles are applied to administrative agencies to ensure not only legal but also moral government decision-making. Administrative law is the body of law concerned with the actions of administrative agencies, frequently called the "4th branch of government" in the United States. The course thus examines how administrative agencies are created, how they exercise their powers, how they make laws and policy formally as well as informally, the laws that govern agency rulemaking and adjudications, especially the Administrative Procedure Act, Constitutional and other legal protections afforded against agency actions, and how agency actions are reviewed and remedied by the courts and legislative branch of government. The course also examines the intergovernmental relations and the political and practical constraints that influence administrative policy.

PUB 5462     Leadership in the Public Sector  (3 cr.)

This course will explore the dimensions of leadership and decision making within the public sector. Students will explore the major theoretical frameworks of leadership as well as the relationship of leadership to organizational change and effective management strategies. Utilizing in-depth reflection for self-development in such areas as ethical decision-making, students will combine theoretical and practical applications to create and present a unique leadership model.

PUB 5463     Emergency Management in the Public Sector  (3 cr.)

This course will explore the major issues, theories, and strategies in contemporary disaster and emergency management. This course will expose the students to: 1) The historical, administrative, institutional, and organizational framework of disaster and emergency management in the United States; 2) The role of the federal, state, and local governments in disasters; 3) The role of non-profit organizations in emergency management; 4) The management of a natural or man-made disaster; and (5) How event plans evolve to meet new or recurring threats.

PUB 5465     Public-Sector Human Resource Management  (3 cr.)

The political and institutional environment of public human resource management is examined. Emphasis is given to the challenges facing the public sector in attracting and developing human assets in an environment of conflicting goals, stakeholder obligations, and a highly aware electorate. Specific topics include the evolution of the modern public service, the functions of human resource management, employment discrimination, labor management relations, professionalism and ethics and how assessment centers evaluate potential applicants.

PUB 5472     Public Finance  (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the economics of the public sector. It delineates the goods and services provided by government and how they are funded. It deals with the public goods and their characteristics. It explores income redistribution. The efficiency, equity and incentive effects of taxation are studied. Multilevel government relations and finances are examined.

PUB 5473     Public Budgeting  (3 cr.)

The process of developing, implementing, and monitoring a public budget is a complex one. The public budget is also the central vehicle for carrying out the public policy agenda. Public budgeting is highly technical and structured, as well as politically charged and controversial. Public budgeting involves leadership and management, contributes to public policy, and includes decision-making that touches legal, ethical, and diversity frameworks. This course examines the theoretical and practical applications of public budgeting. Students will analyze and critique an actual budget, followed by assembling and presenting their own budget recommendations.

PUB 5477     Public-Sector Statistical Analysis  (3 cr.)

Students gain an overview of the commonly used statistics and research methods in public administration including descriptive statistics, statistical distributions, probability, hypothesis development and testing, correlation, contingency table analysis, and regression. Research design, measurement strategy, data collection, data analysis, and reporting results are discussed. A broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods are covered in order to provide the analytical tools necessary to examine the myriad public sector issues. The emphasis will be on practical use of statistics to analyze real-world data and performance criteria. Prerequisite: PUBP 5002 or equivalent.

PUB 5480     Public Policy Analysis  (3 cr.)

Students develop a working knowledge of public-sector policymaking and learn to analyze public policy problems in order to understand how public policy is formulated, decided upon, and implemented. Emphasis is on agenda setting, program design, and implementation. Prerequisite: PUB 5450.

PUB 5481     Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs  (3 cr.)

Students develop a working knowledge of public sector policy and program evaluation with an emphasis on the history of evaluation, the social indicators movement, the politics of program evaluation, goal identification, Wilson's Law, performance measurement, methods of analysis, who uses evaluations and the problem of partisanship. Prerequisite: PUB 5480.

PUB 5499     Public and Nonprofit Strategic Management  (3 cr.)

Strategic management is defined as ?a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it.? The focus of strategic management is on ?fundamental decisions.? Strategic management is about shaping the mission and goals of an organization. Strategic management focuses on the future of an organization by trying to define the opportunities to act and the barriers to action that prevent us from achieving a desired future state. The goal of the process is to implement a program and complete a set of tasks, not to produce a plan (hence the shift in terminology from strategic planning to strategic management). Prerequisite: PUB 5450

PUB 5402     Master of Public Administration Integrative Capstone  (4 cr.)

The M.P.A. capstone workshop focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that define a competent public or non-profit sector manager. A central theme of the course is the roles, responsibilities, and outlooks of the manager today and the competing influences in public decision making under fragmented authority that result in public sector management as the art of compromise. Through role-playing in the various roles of elected officials or professional administrators, students will conduct a city council meeting to experience the actual administration of the political agenda. This class is pass/fail and does not calculate into the student's GPA. This course may not financial aid eligible when taken by itself. Students should speak with their academic advisor for details. Pre-requisites: PUB 5450, PUB 5451, PUB 5461, PUB 5465, PUB 5472, PUB 5477, and PUB 5480. Students must be in good academic standing to participate.

Foundation Course Descriptions  arrowtop

PUBP 5002     Statistics Workshop  (0 cr.)

Statistics Workshop provides a review of the statistical concepts that form the foundation of statistical analysis. These concepts include probability, descriptive statistics, bivariate measures of association, sampling distributions, and statistical inference. After completing the workshop students will be able to calculate and interpret descriptive statistics, bivariate measures of association, confidence intervals, and tests of statistical significance.This course is a prerequisite for PUB 5477 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level. This course is Pass/ Fail and online only.

PUBP 5003     American Government Workshop  (0 cr.)

American Government Workshop covers the essential facts of the government system in the United States and identifies the historical and philosophical roots of the American system. This includes a federalism model that defines the relationship between the national and sub-national levels of government in which the field of public administration operates. This course required to be taken concurrently with PUB 5450 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level. This course is Pass/ Fail and online only.

Completion Rate:

Until the 2014-2015 academic year, the MPA program was designed to be completed in 18 months by full-time students. Historically, the majority of the students in the NSU MPA program have been working professionals taking classes part-time. The demographics of the student body are reflected in the student completion rates with the majority of students completing their degrees within 5 years. The 2-year completion rate for students entering the MPA program during the 2008-2009 school year was 19% and the 5-year completion rate was 53%.