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Curriculum by Semester


The Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program trains principled leaders for the public and nonprofit sectors. The MPSA degree is a 21-month program that requires 48 credit hours of course work and, for those without substantial professional experience, a non-credit-bearing internship. The curriculum consists of eight degree core courses that provide general knowledge and analytical skills. Students choose a track in Public Policy Analysis (PPA), Public Management (PM), or Nonprofit Management (NPM), each consisting of four courses (2 core courses and 2 elective courses). The curriculum also allows students the option of selecting a concentration consisting of three courses. Furthermore, up to 6 credit hours of electives may be taken from other Texas A&M departments when courses are related to public service careers.

Curriculum for AY 2017-2018

First Year

Fall Semester

All Tracks
  • PSAA 601: Foundations of Public Service
  • PSAA 621: Economic Analysis
  • BUSH 631: Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
  • PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector

Spring Semester

All Tracks
  • PSAA 611: Public Policy Formation
  • One elective course selected in consultation with faculty advisor.
PPA Track
  • Quantitative Methods II Course
    BUSH 632: Quantitative Methods II
    OR BUSH 635: Quantitative Methods II: Policy Analysis Emphasis
  • PSAA 622: Public Finance
PM Track
  • Quantitative Methods II Course
    BUSH 632: Quantitative Methods II
    OR PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 634: Public Management
NPM Track
  • Quantitative Methods II Course
    PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 632: Fiscal Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Summer

Most students will be required to complete a Professional Internship whereby students gain practical experience by working in a public service organization.

Second Year

Fall Semester

All Tracks
  • PSAA 675: PSAA Capstone Seminar I
  • Two elective courses selected in consultation with faculty advisor.
PPA Track
  • PSAA 615: Policy Analysis
PM Track
  • PSAA 623: Budgeting in Public Service
NPM Track
  • PSAA 644: Management and Leadership of Nonprofits

Spring Semester

All Tracks
  • PSAA 676: PSAA Capstone Seminar II
  • Three elective courses selected in consultation with faculty advisor.

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