Master of Science in Public Administration


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Course Overview

The field of public administration — or administrative services — focuses on the formation and management of public agencies. Public administration studies focus on issues such as public resources, accountability, and the description, analysis, solutions and synthesis of contemporary management problems in criminal justice agencies. Public administration careers also exist at every level of government.

Also, a “new” public sector is defined as: government, Non-profits/NGOs, international, consulting and education. Many people today move from one sector to another as they tackle the challenging issues that define the public agenda. Some of the major issues include:

  • Climate change and underlying causes
  • Food and water supplies in underdeveloped nations
  • Securing the U.S. and other countries against terrorism
  • Helping to transition incarcerated individuals back into society
  • Tackling the global HIV/AIDS issue
  • Providing paths for quality education and health care to children in poverty
  • Providing new economic resources to urban areas in transition

These issues are just a small piece of the entire picture; as public administrators seek to implement programs without raising taxes. Further, public administration should be politically neutral, as jobs within this sector may cross over the lifespan of several government administrations. Finally, public administration might value people over productivity. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
PAD 801 Administrative Theory 5
PAD 802 Public Personnel Administration 5
PAD 803 Financial Administration 5
PAD 804 Organizational Behaviour 5
PAD 805 Comparative Public Administration 5
PAD 806 Computer Fundamentals and Applications 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credit
PAD 811 Organizational and Administrative Issues 5
PAD 812 Financial Management 5
PAD 813 Administrative Thought 5
PAD 814 Industrial Relations and Labour Laws 5
PAD 815 Development Administration 5
PAD 816 Management of Voluntary Agencies 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
PAD 821 Public Sector Management 5
PAD 822 Advanced Research Methodology 5
PAD 823 Urban Local Administration 5
PAD 824 Rural Local Administration 5
PAD 825 Social Welfare Administration 5
PAD 826 Insurance Sector Administration 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
PAD 831 Public Policy Analysis 4
PAD 832 Public Relations and Governance 4
PAD 833 International Administration 4
PAD 834 Administrative Law 4
PAD 835 Life Skill Development 4
ENT 836 Entrepreneurship 5
PAD 837 Master Thesis 5


Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people in public administration jobs analyze information, oversee expenditures, draft and implement governmental and public policy, manage people and resources, conduct safety inspections, investigate suspected criminal activity, serve as consultants, and in general act as stewards of the public interest.
Since public administrator positions vary from state to state, a person with a degree in public administration might look at city or state employment job lists or government records to find more accurate job descriptions.
Other specific public administration job titles include Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Inspector, auditor, city manager, consumer safety inspector, county manager, criminal investigator, customs inspector, industrial relations specialist, internal security inspector, labor management relations specialist, mediator, private investigator and systems analyst.
Many graduates work for government agencies and non-profit groups, but there are also positions available in private business, schools and think tanks. Graduates of a degree program in Public Administration might be found working as human health care managers or administrators, human resources managers or in executive governmental positions such as city manager. Some public administrator jobs combine skill sets, as noted above.


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