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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

2015-2016 academic year.

Administration - Public Management


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Degree Information
36 units
Maximum Transfer Units
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.



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.
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.

Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required.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 the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    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)

    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):
    • ADM 530. This is a required course for the General Leadership Emphasis
    • POS 501
    Emphasis Area (Select One):
    • Construction Management Emphasis (18 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.
    • Land-Use Planning Emphasis (18 units)
      • Community Planning Concentration, select from the following (9 units):

        • GSP 401 required for students with limited professional-planning experience
        • GSP 506 you may substitute for ADM 530/POS 501
        • GSP 514, GSP 545
        • GSP 599 may be taken twice with different topics (1-4 units)
        • GSP 608 only for students with limited professional-planning experience (1-3 units)
        • CM 690
        • PRM 423
        • Approved electives from the GIS Concentration (3-4 units)
        Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration, select from the following (9 units):

      • Note: You may repeat POS 428 and POS 581 with different course topics.

    • 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)
    • ADM 689: 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 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 the following courses - ADM 515, ADM 540, POS 543, and ADM 689.

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