Master of Arts in Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides students advanced public administration theory and practice. Students complete a balanced curriculum of 13 courses (37 credit hours) that provide opportunities to develop advanced business skills that are current and applicable to real-world business situations.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Washington Adventist University was designed to accommodate the education needs of working adult students. The condensed program format allows students to complete their MPA degrees in as little as 21 months and enjoy the added convenience of flexible online learning.

Required Courses:

    • PADM 500 Graduate School Fundamentals (1 hr.)
    • PADM 505 American Democracy (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 510 Introduction to Public Policy Analysis (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 520 Public Sector Research (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 530 Public Service Budgeting and Fiscal Controls (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 540 Public Service Ethics (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 550 Policy Analysis and Decision Making (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 600 Public Service Team-Building (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 610 Public Service Information Technology Project Management (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 620 Leadership as Change Management (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 630 Sustainability & Environment Resource Management ( 3 hrs.)
    • PADM 680 Public Service Consulting Practices (3 hrs.)
    • PADM 690 Public Service-as-a Service Capstone (3 hrs.)


Admissions Requirements:

  • The completion of an undergraduate degree with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed Fundamentals course with at least a grade of B
  • Written statement and possible interview
  • TOEFL (if English is not the applicant’s primary language)

*Note: If overall undergraduate GPA does not meet the 2.75 minimum requirements, GRE scores may be accepted in place of GPA.

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