MPA Curriculum

Class scheduling

The MPA curriculum is delivered through traditional classroom courses, online courses, and hybrid courses (half online, half in classroom).  Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of students working during the day.  Traditional classroom courses meet once per week, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays; hybrid courses meet on these evenings, but every other week.MPA classroom

Courses are scheduled on a predictable rotation so that full-time students (usually three courses per semester, fall and spring) can complete the degree in two academic years.  Part-time students usually complete the program within three or four years.


MPA courses and optional concentrations

MPA students complete eight core courses and four elective courses.  Students without previous management experience in a public agency or nonprofit organization also complete a 300-hour internship.

The eight core courses (and their modes of delivery) are:

  • Public Administration Foundations (classroom)
  • Organizational Theory and Administrative Behavior (hybrid)
  • Public Administration Research and Analysis (classroom)
  • Program Planning and Evaluation (hybrid)
  • Budgeting and Finance in Public Agencies (classroom)
  • Human Resources Management in Public Agencies (hybrid)
  • Public Policy (classroom)
  • Applications in Public Administration, our capstone course (hybrid)

Students choose how to make the most of their four elective courses from three options.  Students may use the elective courses toward one of two optional concentrations: 

(1) Local Government Management concentration
(2) Nonprofit Management concentration

Or, (3) students pursuing the generalist MPA degree select elective courses to meet their professional development goals in consultation with the MPA program coordinator.  In addition to the MPA courses, these elective courses may include options from other UTC graduate programs with permission of their program coordinators.

Descriptions of MPA courses are available in the graduate catalog.  Please note that the website may include minor changes to the curriculum that are not yet reflected in the catalog.