Public Administration Graduate Courses


Course offerings  |  To understand the frequency of course offerings and for an overview of which courses count for which program, you may consult the PA course offerings plan, but note that review of this plan is not a replacement for seeking advising before each semester to ensure proper course selection.  Please note that projected course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, enrollment and administrative constraints of particular semesters.

Admissions | For entrance requirements see the Graduate Catalog (if admitted under the 2015-2017 Catalog; see also these updates/revisions to the 2015-2017 Catalog.

Planning coursework  |  To see sample plans for how to complete particular programs, view the relevant degree map; if you choose to take fewer or more courses per semester your time to completion will differ:
  • Degree map - PhD

Sample past syllabi | Please do not buy books based on these sample syllabi from past semesters. The examples of past semester syllabi in the table on this page are provided to help give prospective students insight into the learning objectives and content covered in our public administration programs. Syllabi change each semester as courses evolve and improve. The syllabus distributed by your instructor is the official guiding document for your class and semester. To purchase books in advance, contact your instructor. If you are not sure who is teaching the course in a given semester, consult the online TSU course schedule.  If you are still not sure contact the Public Administration department chair. Seek advising regarding course selection each semester

* Note: The MPA internship of 300 hours (six credits) may be exempted, given required documentation and advisor approval, for MPA students who have at least one year of appropriate professional public sector, healthcare or nonprofit experience. Otherwise the internship is required to receive the MPA.

PADM 6110 Statistics for Public Administrators (MPA Core)
PADM 6130 Research Methods in Public Administration (MPA Core)
PADM 6150 Information Technology in Public Administration (MPA Core)
PADM 6190 Financial Management for Nonprofit and Health Orgs.
PADM 6210 Seminar in Public Administration (MPA Core)
PADM 6230 Public Budgeting and Finance (MPA Core)
PADM 6240 Seminar in Personnel Management (MPA Core)
PADM 6310 Seminar in Organization Theory (MPA Core)
PADM 6390 Ethics and Values in the Public Service
PADM 6410 Public Policy Analysis (MPA Core)
PADM 6430 Seminar in Contemporary Public Policy
PADM 6470 Tennessee State Government
PADM 6490 Politics of Administration (MPA Core)
PADM 6500 MPA Internship*
PADM 6515 Health Organizations and Delivery Systems
PADM 6550 Epidemiology
PADM 6930 Special Topics: Decision Tools and Project Planning
PADM 6950 Intro to Nonprofit Organizations
PADM 6960 Resource Development for Nonprofits
PADM 6970 Marketing for Nonprofits
PADM 6980 Strategic Planning and Mgmt. Issues for Nonprofits
PADM 7000 Theory & Practice of Public Administration (Phd only)
PADM 7130 Research Methods in Public Administration  (Phd only)
PADM 7140 Applied Quantitative Techniques in Public Administration  (Phd only)
PADM 7220 Seminar in Administrative Management  (Phd only)
PADM 7230 Seminar in Public Budgeting & Finance  (Phd only)
PADM 7310 Public Organization Theory  (Phd only)
PADM 7410 Seminar in Public Policy Implementation  (Phd only)