Program Details

Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Next Start Date:
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Solve Public Policy Challenges

With a Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy from Grand Canyon University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you can learn to apply administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development, policy and governance in government, nonprofit and community arenas.

You are challenged to identify and provide solutions for the unique issues facing public sector organizations today. The relationships among the federal, state and municipal levels of government are examined, along with the history of U.S. federalism and the competition among levels and branches of government.

The Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy degree can prepare you to drive change at various levels of government. This program focuses on public governance, strategic solutions, law and administrative processes to help you gain competency in what makes the government work and how to improve initiatives that serve the public.

Degree Outcomes

Sharpen Public Governance

Coursework in the master's in public administration degree examines how the challenges and problems facing society become policy issues. Selected topics on administration and constitutional law, including the exercise of governmental power, legislative and executive oversight and rule making, are also explored.

You have the opportunity to learn how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed and how regulatory powers are managed. Grand Canyon University's (GCU) MPA also explores the role of servant leadership and how focusing on the needs of citizens helps create a dynamic interdependency that benefits all.

What You Will Learn

Prepare to Develop Effective Public Solutions

This program covers:

  • Key leadership concepts
  • Economics and the impact of policy decisions on income distribution and goods and service allocation
  • How government serves citizens and how public resources are managed
  • Developing human capital to drive success
  • Public governance, including an examination of UN guidelines related to transparency, participation and accountability
  • Analyzing the dynamics of education, health care and social services in relation to policy issues

Career Outcomes

Prepare to Serve in Government

GCU's Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy helps prepare you for a career in government. You may wish to pursue a career serving as a government official, managing government departments or working in nonprofit agencies and other roles in local, state and federal government.

Course List

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Major:
38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

In this course, the role of government in the economy is explored within the general context of market failure and social equity. Topics include allocation of goods and services, income distribution, externalities, public goods, and public choice theory. This course also examines the impact of macroeconomic events and policy decisions on the budgets and service levels of public entities.

Course Description

The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers. Also LDR-635.

Course Description

This course focuses on servant leadership, how a servant leader is different from other leaders, and how focusing on the needs of others can create interdependency rather than dependency in organizations.

Course Description

This course focuses on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed. In accordance with UN guidelines on public governance, issues related to transparency, participation, and accountability are also examined.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, including revenue policy, expenditure policy, and budget structure and administration.

Course Description

This course examines in detail the relationships among the federal, state, and municipal levels of government in the United States. The history of U.S. federalism is briefly covered, followed by a more in-depth focus on such issues as competition among levels and branches of government, the challenge of institutional fragmentation, and the role of governmental interest groups. Specific policy issues (education, health care, social services) are used to examine and analyze the dynamics of these relationships.

Course Description

This course focuses on how challenges and problems facing society become policy issues. Leading theories in policy analysis and the policy-making process are examined and critiqued. The impact of policy decisions on various groups within society (related to gender, age, ethnicity, etc.) is also examined.

Course Description

An introduction to law relevant to public administration, this course covers selected topics in administrative and constitutional law, including the exercise of governmental power, legislative and executive oversight, rule making, adjudication, and judicial review.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.