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  Camden Graduate Catalog 2021-2023 Graduate School-Camden Public Administration 834, 831 Degree Requirements  

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The master of public administration (M.P.A.) degree requires all students to satisfactorily complete 42 credits of coursework with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (no more than 6 credits with a grade of C or C+ are allowed).

Coursework consists of a seven-course core curriculum, three courses in a chosen specialization, electives, and a semester internship for those students with less than three years of relevant full-time work experience. 

Core Curriculum

All students in the M.P.A. program must complete the seven-course core curriculum:

    56:834:501  Foundations of Policy Analysis (3)

    56:834:503  Law and Public Policy (3)

    56:834:515  Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance (3)

    56:834:525  Public and Nonprofit Management (3)

    56:834:535  Research Methods (3)

    56:834:557  Human Resources Management (3)

    56:834:675  Research Workshop (3) (prerequisite: all core courses)


All students select a specialization in either public and nonprofit management or community development.

Public and Nonprofit Management (PNM) Specialization

The public and nonprofit management specialization prepares students to serve in management and leadership positions in public sector agencies or nonprofit organizations. Courses provide students with knowledge and skills in administration, budgeting and finance, communications, information systems, law, leadership, personnel, and policy analysis essential for effective management.

In addition to the core curriculum, students specializing in public and nonprofit management must complete three of the following five courses:

    56:834:505  Organizational Behavior (3)

    56:834:536  Public Management Information Systems (3)

    56:834:539  Race and Public Administration (3)

    56:834:553  Financial Management of Public Programs (3)

    56:834:559  Ethics in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3)

Community Development (CD) Specialization

The community development specialization is designed to introduce students to theoretical and applied aspects of power, policy, advocacy, and resource allocation important to effective and just urban public administration.

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in community development take:

    56:834:603  History and Practice of Community Development (3)

    One of the following:   

          56:834:604  The Solidarity Economy (3)

          56:834:606  Poverty Alleviation Strategies (3)

          56:834:609  Politics of Community Development

          56:834:613  Immigration and Community Development (3)

          56:834:619  Practicum in Sustainable Community Development (3)

    One of the following:

          56:834:608  Geographic Information Systems in the Public Sector (3)

          56:834:536  Public Management Information Systems (3)


Unless waived for relevant work experience, students complete a one-semester, 3-credit internship under faculty supervision in order to gain experience working in public agencies or nonprofit organizations.

    56:834:541  Internship I (3)

Executive Master of Public Administration 

This program is limited to students with the requisite work experience and consists of the same seven course core curriculum listed above, plus three additional courses: 56:834:505 Organizational Behavior, 56:834:536 Public Management Information Systems, and 56:834:558 Executive Leadership and Communication Skills, for a total of 10 courses. The program utilizes a cohort model in which students move through the program together. Classes meet on Saturday mornings in West Windsor, New Jersey, and are taught in a hybrid learning format.

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