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Master of Public Administration

Public Administration



Gain knowledge and expertise in the field of government and nonprofit institutions
Acquire new knowledge to work effectively and efficiently at diverse levels of management
Advance your skills in leading, managing and directing your organization
Strengthen and broaden your research-based skills

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Key Courses in Your Major.

CIS 500-Information Systems for Decision Making

Examine the strategic use and trends of organizational information systems with emphasis on the application of information technology. Study key computing concepts in the strategic context in which information technology is used with emphasis on how information technology enables improvement in quality, timeliness and competitive advantage.

ECO 550-Managerial Economics and Globalization

Apply relevant economic theory to develop a framework of analysis and techniques that you can use to decide how to allocate a firm’s scarce resources to achieve its objectives. Use economic analysis to support business strategy decisions that promote competitiveness in an environment of changing domestic and international market conditions, government regulations, trade policies and resource availability. Systematically analyze how global economic integration affects the production, input sourcing and pricing decisions of firms operating in different market structures.

MAT 540-Quantitative Methods

Apply quantitative methods to systems management (Decision Theory), and/or methods of decision making with respect to sampling, organizing and analyzing empirical data.

PAD 515-Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Examine models of leadership and the societal and personal assumptions about them. Discuss elements, factors and processes that give rise to effective executive and managerial leadership and apply these elements to large, complex organizations. Address the theory, concepts, research and practice in conflict analysis and resolution. Explore the roles of private- and public-sector leaders in conceptualizing, planning and managing innovation and change, and in mediating conflicts. Examine the theoretical bases of various decision-making and problem-solving strategies.

PAD 520-Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

Review the political, social and economic factors influencing policy analysis. Analyze and resolve practical problems within policy issues facing the federal, state, local and nonprofit sectors. Examine quantitative and qualitative methods, processes and concepts of public policy analysis and develop skills in applying critical thinking, analytical techniques and various forms of structured analytical writing and communications. Discuss the role and ethical dimensions of policy analysis in the policy-making process.

PAD 525-Constitutional and Administrative Law

Examine public administration as described within the U.S. constitution and U.S. legal system. Study this foundation for all law in the public, nonprofit and private sectors in a constitutional, regulatory and administrative framework. Use the federal government as the context for analyzing administrative agencies and the public sector administrators legal responsibility and accountability. Apply the legal principles, concepts and processes needed to address legal subjects most relevant to public administration. Explore how the legal system addresses critical issues faced by public officials and how the law is designed to work. Discuss the relationship between public administrators and lawyers, and the moral dimensions of how the law is upheld in the decision-making process.

PAD 530-Public Personnel Management

Analyze basic principles and functions of personnel administration in public service; review personnel functions including management, recruitment, placement, wage and salary management, valuing and managing diversity, training, retirement and more. Get an overview of advanced labor relations and collective bargaining processes and issues, grievance and disciplinary procedures, affirmative action and equal employment issues.

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PAD 540-International Public Administration

Examine U.S. foreign policy and explore the geopolitical context of international policies and procedures. Analyze the changing role of the U.S. government and its relations with foreign countries; factors affecting global policy, culture and leadership; the impact of foreign economic integration; social, and policy implications; international politics; and the influence of government trade policy.

PAD 599-Directed Research Project

Prerequisite: To be taken as last or next to last class. Grade of "B" or higher is required.

Present a portfolio demonstrating core competencies in the areas of corporate governance, public personnel administration, public budgeting and finance, constitutional law, public policy, program evaluation, and public leadership in the public or nonprofit sector. The objective of the portfolio is to apply your knowledge, skills and abilities to the role and responsibilities of a public or nonprofit manager. The portfolio consists of approved research position papers, Power Point presentations, role-playing exercises and competency exams. A grade of B or higher is required.


Tuition and Fees

Application Fee:$50 (not applicable in all states)

Technology Fee:$65.00 per quarter


$2,325.00 per course (Full-Time), $2,325.00 per course (Part Time). Textbooks and supplies are not included in the tuition rates and must be purchased by the student. You should allow approximately $1,800.00 for textbooks and supplies over the course of your degree.

Tuition rates apply to all new and readmit graduate students. For all students enrolled as an undergraudate prior to Winter 2014, please Click here for graduate tuition rates.


Graduate in 1.5 to 3 years

  Classes Per Quarter Time to Graduate
Full-time 2 or more per quarter (classes start 4 times per year) 1.5 years or fewer
Part-time 1 class per quarter (classes start 4 times per year) 3 years

Strayer University's academic calendar runs on te quarter systems, which means that classes start 4 times per year. Classes meet for 11 weeks with 1-2 week breaks between quarters. The above times to graduate assume that students are enrolled in consecutive quarters. All of these facts and figures refer to any concentration that you choose.


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PAD 500-Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Examine the structure, functions and processes of the executive branch agencies of national, state and local governments, and of the nonprofit sector. Discuss the historical development of the field of public administration and the social/political context of its formation. Survey organizational and management practice, and applies efficiency and accountability concepts to public and nonprofit administration. Analyze the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, and explore the similarities and differences between the nonprofit and public sectors.

PAD 505-Public Budgeting and Finance

Examine key financial institutions, processes and techniques relating to public budgeting, revenue and expenditure. Cover analytical techniques appropriate for the analysis of revenue, spending and debt issuance. Review stages of the budget process and related actors and analytical techniques using the federal budget process as a case study. Discuss performance-laden budget reforms, governmental accounting, debt management and financial reporting. Review principles of taxation and evaluates major sources of revenue and their significance.

PAD 510-Introduction to Public Policy Analysis

Prerequisite: PAD 500

Get a foundation in public policy analysis. Explore the interrelationships among politics, policy formulation and implementation, and ethics and values, with an emphasis on the public sector in the United States. Examine how political parties, key stakeholders, interest groups and public opinion influence public policy. Understand public policy's role and issues in federal, state, local and nonprofit agencies; and learn how public bureaucracies implement policy through decision making, planning, organizing and other administrative processes.

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