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Start Or Advance Your Career In Public Management

With the growth of the nonprofit sector, public-private partnerships and information technology innovations, the need for skilled mangers is booming. Northern Arizona University’s top-ranked* Master of Administration in Public Management degree program prepares you to work in the public sector and gives you the essential leadership skills to lead in this fast-growing employment field.

Gain Real-World Public Management Experience

Much of the Master of Administration program curriculum is based on specific industry examples and taught by expert and renowned faculty. As part of the Public Management degree emphasis, you will design, develop, and implement a problem-solving, research-based, “real world” project, set in an actual workplace.

Public sector careers are expected to see job growth of more than 20% through 2020. Career options include:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Public Planner
  • Transportation Planner

Catalog Information

2014-2015 academic year.

Administration - Public Management

Emphasis

Campus Locations

Blended
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
MADM
36 units
Maximum Transfer Units
0
36
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Core Area (15 units)
  • Emphasis Area (18 units)
  • Capstone (3 units)

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.

Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply) for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/ .
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/.


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • Resume demonstrating 5 years professional work experience
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:

    Core Area (15 units)

    • <Course Error>. This course must be the first course taken in the program. (3 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    Select one course from the following, or substitute another approved course in the area of: Research Methods, Statistics, or Evaluation as approved by your advisor (3 units):
    • <Course Error>. This is a required course for the General Leadership Emphasis
    • <Course Error>
    Emphasis Area (Select One):

    • Construction Management Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error> (3 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (9 units)
      • Select one of the following: <Course Error>, <Course Error> (3 units)
      • Approved Elective (3 units)
      Any substitutions to these requirements must be approved by the Construction Management Emphasis plan advisor and by the Director of the Master of Administration Program.

      Leadership Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (15 units)
      • <Course Error> is the required research class in the Core area for this Emphasis (3 units)
      Health Sciences Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>
      • Approved elective (3 units)
      Some courses may be offered infrequently. See your advisor for current options.
    • Justice Studies Emphasis (18 units)

      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (18 units)
      • <Course Error> is the required research class in the Core area for this Emphasis
    • Land-Use Planning Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (9 units)
      • Select one concentration from below:
      • Community Planning Concentration, select from the following (9 units):

        • <Course Error> required for students with limited professional-planning experience
        • <Course Error> you may substitute for <Course Error>/<Course Error>
        • <Course Error>, <Course Error>
        • <Course Error> may be taken twice with different topics (1-4 units)
        • <Course Error> only for students with limited professional-planning experience (1-3 units)
        • <Course Error>
        • <Course Error>
        • Approved electives from the GIS Concentration (3-4 units)
        Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration, select from the following (9 units):
        • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>
        • Approved electives from the Community Planning Concentration (1-4 units)

    • Professional Writing Emphasis (18 units)
      Select six from the following seven courses:

      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>
      Project Management Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>
      • Advisor Approved elective (3 units)
      Public Management Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (15 units)
      • Approved Elective (3 units)
      Note: You may repeat <Course Error> and <Course Error> with different course topics.

    • Small Business Emphasis (18 units)
      • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (15 units)
      • Approved Elective (3 units)
      • <Course Error> is the required research class in the Core area for this Emphasis
    • Custom Emphasis (18 units)
      Students must submit a proposal for a Custom Emphasis to the Director of the Master of Administration Program that:

      • Outlines their professional goals,
      • Describes a set of 6 courses that make an overall coherent Custom Emphasis, and
      • Indicates how each course in their program will help them achieve their goals.
      The Custom Emphasis must be approved by the Director of the Master of Administration Program in advance of any courses being taken.

  • Capstone (3 units)
    • <Course Error>: The Capstone Project is a comprehensive, synthesizing project in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their degree program. This rich, culminating experience requires students to produce work with theoretical/academic and applied components.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $2500 has been approved for this program. A $625 fee is applied to each of four core courses.

Department Information
Learn more about this program and the Department of Business and Administration.