MBA with a Public Administration Concentration
“If you're thinking about a flexible schedule, Keller is the right place for you.”
- Freddy Flores, Keller Alumnus
MBA in Public Administration
Within high-profile governmental and nonprofit organizations, there's a growing need for skilled, informed professionals who can make a positive contribution in the field of public administration. Keller's MBA in Public Administration allows you to select courses that reflect your specific interests and goals, and it's just one of 17 concentrations.
An MBA in Public Administration can prepare you to confidently apply your positive leadership abilities to this elite, exciting profession. Combining management coursework with sector-specific courses, you can gain a strong understanding of important concepts, including accounting, reporting, and financing for managers of governmental and nonprofit organizations. You can also investigate the impact of standards, methods of conflict resolution, and marketing and public relations strategies. Drawing on the expertise of faculty who are public administration practitioners, our program can better help you navigate the managerial demands and opportunities that exist within governmental and nonprofit sectors.
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Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 90+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 90+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
MBA with a Concentration in Public Administration1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 48
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 16
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $2,800
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
MBA in Public Administration Graduation Requirements
Total program length varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your degree program in as few as 32 months.
- Total credit hours: 48
- Required program: 30
- Public Administration concentration: 12
- Elective: 6
MBA in Public Administration Coursework
Required program courses (30 credit hours)
We've designed the core program courses in our MBA to provide you with the fundamentals to make an impact in the business world. See MBA Required Program Courses for a list of required coursework.
Public Administration concentration courses (12 credit hours)
The concentration coursework is designed to further focus your MBA curriculum to better prepare you for success in a specific field or industry. To add a concentration to your MBA degree program, you may choose courses totaling 12 credit hours from the following list:
Click on a course name below for its full description.
Negotiation Skills (HRM595) - 3 credit hours
This course introduces general business negotiation techniques, strategies and tactics. Strategies focus on approaches to negotiation situations; tactics focus on moves effectuated during negotiations. In addition to developing and enhancing students' negotiating proficiency, the course emphasizes processes and methods of conflict resolution. Topics include preparing for negotiations; distributive and integrative bargaining; resolution of impasse; ethics; the roles of power, personality and dispute resolution processes; and communication processes. Students use developed skills in the classroom, electronically and through telephonic negotiation situations. No prerequisite
Nonprofit Organization Management (PA571) - 3 credit hours
Students in this course study special skills and systems required to effectively plan and manage in a not-for-profit environment. Topics include personnel administration, governmental regulations and requirements, funding and human resources. Legal and tax basis of nonprofit organizations, funding options, budgeting, managing volunteers, working with a board, conflict resolution, marketing and public relations are addressed. No prerequisite
Managing Nonprofit Development Programs (PA572) - 3 credit hours
Students in this course investigate ways in which nonprofit organizations procure resources in an effort to finance organizational development objectives. Topics include strategic planning, fundraising options and processes, gathering community support, establishing business partnerships, negotiations, lobbying, team building and entrepreneurial skill development. Prerequisite: ACCT567
Governmental Budgeting and Finance (PA581) - 3 credit hours
This course provides thorough study and analysis of revenue and expenditure systems at all levels of government. Topics include alternative revenue sources, public budgeting processes, the appropriations process, capital budgeting and analysis, tax analysis and government debt financing. Tax expenditures, forecasting and budgeting, and finance software systems are addressed. Prerequisite: ECON545
Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (PA582) - 3 credit hours
This course examines principles, mechanisms and tools through which governments make resource allocation decisions on social and economic programs. Topics include the policy process; establishing appropriate efficiency and equity objectives; rational, political and bureaucratic models of government decision-making; voting mechanisms; public choice; log rolling; cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis; public-private partnerships; impact of special interest groups; ethics; and program implementation and evaluation. No prerequisite
Intergovernmental Management (PA584) - 3 credit hours
This course provides a comparative study of issues involved in formulating and implementing government programs that impact multiple jurisdictions. Students investigate ways in which various levels of government relate to each other in matters of legality and responsibility, including issues of intergovernmental externalities and their resolution. Methods of resolving intergovernmental conflicts are explored and evaluated. No prerequisite
Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
How many programs does Keller offer?
Keller offers a wide range of graduate degree programs - an MBA with 17 concentrations, 7 Specialized Master's Degree Programs and 13 Graduate Certificates - in important business fields from accounting and finances to information systems and human resources.
Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.
What's a concentration?
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to further focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration."