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Undergraduate Major or Minor in Public Administration

  • Undergraduate Major or Minor in Public Administration
  • Undergraduate Major in Law and Society
  • Master of Public Administration
  • PhD in Public Administration
  • Master of Urban Planning
  • MPA / JD Joint Degree
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Degree Requirements

The public administration program is designed for students who have earned an associate's degree or equivalent hours and are looking to complete the final two years necessary for a bachelor's degree in public administration.

A degree in public administration requires the completion of 27 credit hours (nine courses) in junior- and senior-level courses, three core courses and six elective courses.

In addition to the courses in the public administration major, students must complete the university's requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of General Studies. These bachelor's degree requirements include a minimum of 120 total hours, including 45 hours at the junior/senior level, at least 100 hours in Liberal Arts, and completion of the general education requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts requires proficiency in one foreign language through the fourth level. The Bachelor of General Studies requires completion of an approved minor with at least 18 credit hours.

Required Coursework

The majority of coursework for the Public Administration major (and minor) are offered at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.

The curriculum for the public administration major consists of 27 credit hours (9 courses) in junior- and senior-level courses (those numbered 300 and above) as follows:

Core courses: Three courses (9 credit hours)

  • PUAD 330/331: Introduction to Public Administration
  • PUAD 332: Quantitative Methods for Public Administration
  • PUAD 333: Hard Choices in Public Administration

Elective courses: Choose six courses (18 credit hours) from the list below.

In addition to the courses in the major, students need to complete the University's requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of General Studies. These bachelor degree requirements include a minimum of 120 total hours, including 45 hours at the junior- and senior-level and completion of the general education requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Course Descriptions and Schedule


Application Deadlines

B.A.
Deadlines follow University guidelines

M.U.P (Master of Urban Planning)
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1

M.U.P as International Student
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1

M.P.A.
City Management Fellowship Applications:  February 1
Summer semester:  February 1
Fall semester:  May 1
Spring semester:  November 1
 
Ph.D.
Fall semester: January 15