Department of Political Science


MPA Program Curriculum

Coursework in the MPA Program consists of 42 graduate hours and successful completion of the MPA ePortfolio in a non-thesis degree program:

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • POLI 7000 Research Methods for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • POLI 7140 Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations  (3)
  • POLI 7150 Public Personnel Administration (3)
  • POLI 7330 Administrative Leadership & Democratic Governance (3)
  • POLI 7350 Foundations of Public Administration and Public Service (3)
  • POLI 7360 Foundations of Public Policy (3)


Internship/Research (6 credit hours)

  • POLI 7920 MPA Internship (3)
  • POLI 7930 MPA Research Project  (3)

Internships are taken by students without direct public sector experience; students with direct public sector experience normally complete an approved research project although they may choose an internship with the approval of the MPA Director. It is expected that students complete the internship requirement prior to the research project. Artifacts of student work in the ePortfolio must include and substantially consider work in and reflections from both of these courses. See Internships and Research Project for more details.

Electives (18 credit hours)

18 credit hours supporting the generalist curriculum as approved by the MPA Director. 

Options include 18 credit hours in a formal specialization:


ePortfolio (required)

The MPA ePortfolio is a comprehensive demonstration of knowledge and skills reflected in the MPA Core Competencies. See MPA ePortfolio for more details.

Schedule of Core Courses

Under normal circumstances the core courses are offered on a fixed schedule (shown below) each year in order to facilitate student planning. The courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening one day per week in a two-and-a-half hour seminar. While the faculty try to maintain this schedule, modifications are sometimes necessary. The MPA Director will publicize any changes as far in advance as possible.

Fall Spring Summer
POLI 7140  POLI 7000  POLI 7920
POLI 7150  POLI 7330  
POLI 7350**  POLI 7360**  
POLI 7920 POLI 7920  
POLI 7930* POLI 7930*  


* POLI 7930 must be completed after POLI 7920 and during the semester of program completion.
** POLI 7350 & POLI 7360 are required to be completed during the first year of the MPA program.

Visit the Auburn University Graduate School website for more information on curriculum guidelines.


For more information

Bridgett King

Dr. Bridgett King

MPA Program Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8030-C Haley Center

Last Updated: October 27, 2020