Master of Public Administration Program

Graduate Program Information

New York City and White Plains Campuses

This 39-credit MPA program in Public Administration is designed to prepare students to obtain public and nonprofit positions. Full-time students can complete course work in two years and part-time students typically in four years. The program consists of required core courses, track/specialization courses, and elective courses. Additionally, students are required to take six credits of pre-core foundation course work or secure department course waivers based on documented proficiency.

Through its multi-pronged curriculum, MPA graduates qualify for positions that require strong analytical and administrative skills, management expertise, and in-depth knowledge in specific policy areas. Additionally, Pace University’s close interaction with local government agencies, healthcare entities, and national and international nonprofit organizations provides a unique work-study program for students in their specialized fields. Students choose one of four tracks: Government, Not-for-Profit Management, Human Resource Management, or Health Care Administration.

Graduate Program Curriculum (39 credits)

Pre-Core Foundation Requirements (0-6 credits)

To prepare for this master’s program, students must take an additional six pre-core foundation credits or obtain from the department chair waivers based on documented proficiency:
PAA 501Accounting for Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Entities

3 credits

PAA 502Statistics and Quantitative Method for Decision Making

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-6

Program Requirements for Goverment, Not-For-Profit Managaement, and Human Resource Management Tracks (39 credits)

Required Core Courses for Government, Not-for-Profit Management, and Human Resource Management Tracks (18 credits)
PAA 601Public Administration and its Environment

3 credits

PAA 602Organization Theory and Management

3 credits

PAA 603Economics of Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Entities

3 credits

PAA 604Budgeting and Financial Analysis

3 credits

PAA 606Research Methods for Public Administrators

3 credits

PAA 699Capstone Project Seminar

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18
One (1) Required Track (12 credits)
Choose one track and complete corresponding courses.
Government Track (12 credits)
PAA 630Intergovernmental Relations

3 credits

PAA 631Law in the Administrative Process

3 credits

PAA 632Policy Studies

3 credits

PAA 644Seminar in Government Management

3 credits

Not-for-Profit Management Track (12 credits)
PAA 670The Not-for-Profit Sector

3 credits

PAA 671Law and Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Managers

3 credits

PAA 673Financial Resource Development for Not-for-Profits

3 credits

PAA 681Advanced Seminar for Not-for-Profit Management Issues

3 credits

Human Resource Management Track (12 credits)
PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 611Management and Organizational Development

3 credits

PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

Three (3) Required Elective Courses (9 credits)
Students choose three courses in consultation with faculty advisor from below lists (“Elective List Open to All Students” and “Elective List in Specialization Area for Chosen Track”.
Elective List Open to All Students
PAA 600Independent Study in Public Administration

3 credits

PAA 605Ethics and Leadership

3 credits

PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 611Management and Organizational Development

3 credits

PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

PAA 615Program Planning and Evaluation

3 credits

PAA 616Project Development and Grantwriting

3 credits

PAA 617Management Issues in Gerontologic Services

3 credits

PAA 619Advanced Financial Management

3 credits

PAA 620Advanced Economic Analysis

3 credits

PAA 624Environmental Science Policy

3 credits

PAA 640Local Government Law

3 credits

PAA 641Municipal Management

3 credits

PAA 642Regional Planning

3 credits

PAA 651Community Health Assessment

3 credits

PAA 660Legal Aspects Of Health Administration

3 credits

PAA 661Hospital and Health Services Administration

3 credits

PAA 662Health Planning

3 credits

PAA 663Hc Quality Assurance/Risk Mgt

3 credits

PAA 666Health Care Economics

3 credits

PAA 682External Relations for Public Service Organizations

3 credits

PAA 683Seminar/Lab in Social Entrepreneurship

3 credits

PAA 695Internship

3 credits

IS 613Database Management Systems

3 credits

IS 617Information Systems Principles

3 credits

IS 621Structured Systems Analysis

3 credits

Elective List in Specialization Area for Chosen Track
Local Government Area Courses
PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 640Local Government Law

3 credits

PAA 641Municipal Management

3 credits

Management of Health Care Organizations Area
PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 651Community Health Assessment

3 credits

PAA 660Legal Aspects Of Health Administration

3 credits

Not-For-Profit Financial Management Area
PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

PAA 615Program Planning and Evaluation

3 credits

PAA 642Regional Planning

3 credits

Planning and Evaluation Area
PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

PAA 615Program Planning and Evaluation

3 credits

PAA 642Regional Planning

3 credits

Gerontological Services Administration Area
PAA 617Management Issues in Gerontologic Services

3 credits

PAA 618Long Term Care Services

3 credits

PAA 650The United States Health Care System

3 credits

Human Resources Management Area
PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 611Management and Organizational Development

3 credits

PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

Computer Science and Information Systems Area
IS 613Database Management Systems

3 credits

IS 617Information Systems Principles

3 credits

IS 621Structured Systems Analysis

3 credits


Program Requirements for Healthcare Administration Track (39 credits)

Required Core Courses for Healthcare Administration Track (15 credits)
PAA 601Public Administration and its Environment

3 credits

PAA 602Organization Theory and Management

3 credits

PAA 604Budgeting and Financial Analysis

3 credits

PAA 606Research Methods for Public Administrators

3 credits

PAA 699Capstone Project Seminar

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
Required Track Courses for Healthcare Administration Track (18 credits)
PAA 650The United States Health Care System

3 credits

PAA 652Health Policy Studies

3 credits

PAA 661Hospital and Health Services Administration

3 credits

PAA 666Health Care Economics

3 credits

PAA 665Seminar in Health Services Management

3 credits

OR

PAA 651Community Health Assessment

3 credits

PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

OR

PAA 662Health Planning

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18
Two (2) Required Elective Courses in Healthcare Administration Track (6 credits)
Students choose two courses in consultation with faculty advisor from below lists (“Elective List Open to All Students” and “Elective List in Specialization Area for Chosen Track”.
Elective List Open to All Students
PAA 600Independent Study in Public Administration

3 credits

PAA 605Ethics and Leadership

3 credits

PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 611Management and Organizational Development

3 credits

PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

PAA 615Program Planning and Evaluation

3 credits

PAA 616Project Development and Grantwriting

3 credits

PAA 617Management Issues in Gerontologic Services

3 credits

PAA 619Advanced Financial Management

3 credits

PAA 620Advanced Economic Analysis

3 credits

PAA 624Environmental Science Policy

3 credits

PAA 640Local Government Law

3 credits

PAA 641Municipal Management

3 credits

PAA 642Regional Planning

3 credits

PAA 651Community Health Assessment

3 credits

PAA 660Legal Aspects Of Health Administration

3 credits

PAA 661Hospital and Health Services Administration

3 credits

PAA 662Health Planning

3 credits

PAA 663Hc Quality Assurance/Risk Mgt

3 credits

PAA 666Health Care Economics

3 credits

PAA 682External Relations for Public Service Organizations

3 credits

PAA 683Seminar/Lab in Social Entrepreneurship

3 credits

PAA 695Internship

3 credits

IS 613Database Management Systems

3 credits

IS 617Information Systems Principles

3 credits

IS 621Structured Systems Analysis

3 credits

Elective List in Specialization Area for Chosen Track
Local Government Area Courses
PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 640Local Government Law

3 credits

PAA 641Municipal Management

3 credits

Management of Health Care Organizations Area
PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 651Community Health Assessment

3 credits

PAA 660Legal Aspects Of Health Administration

3 credits

Not-For-Profit Financial Management Area
PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

PAA 615Program Planning and Evaluation

3 credits

PAA 642Regional Planning

3 credits

Planning and Evaluation Area
PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

PAA 615Program Planning and Evaluation

3 credits

PAA 642Regional Planning

3 credits

Gerontological Services Administration Area
PAA 617Management Issues in Gerontologic Services

3 credits

PAA 618Long Term Care Services

3 credits

PAA 650The United States Health Care System

3 credits

Human Resources Management Area
PAA 610Personnel Administration / Human Resources

3 credits

PAA 611Management and Organizational Development

3 credits

PAA 612Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

3 credits

PAA 614Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

Computer Science and Information Systems Area
IS 613Database Management Systems

3 credits

IS 617Information Systems Principles

3 credits

IS 621Structured Systems Analysis

3 credits


Total Credits: 39

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