University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)


Core Courses and Electives36
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • The M.P.A. degree requires completing 36 credits of course work and a portfolio project/exit interview. 
  • In a student’s final semester of the MPA program, the student must complete a portfolio project, which has written and oral components.
  • For elective course options, see department website.
  • 4+1 (undergraduate and masters in 5 years). See department website for information.

Core Courses and Electives

Complete all of the following courses:
PUAD 501Public Administration3
PUAD 503Policy Analysis3
PUAD 504Organization Theory3
PUAD 505Budgeting & Finance3
PUAD 506MPA Applied Research Methods3
PUAD 522Human Resource Management3
Complete 18 hours of elective courses 118
Total Hours36

Elective course options see department website.

Minimum Required Grade: B