The Master of Business Administration/Public Administration program is designed to enhance the management skills students need to function effectively within a public organization. Students will create and defend their solutions to problems of crisis management, profitable growth opportunities, and change leadership. Throughout the program, students gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined problem; applying tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions; and selecting and defending their recommended course of action.

The Master of Business Administration program utilizes problem-based learning where students refine their problem-solving skills along with their communication, creativity, information utilization, and critical thinking skills. They are assessed on the basis of their use of the problem-solving process (which employs a general rubric) as well as their communication and critical thinking skills during their presentation.

In the MBA/PA specialization, students will create complex business problem-solving scenarios drawing upon skills and competencies mastered during the program. Students will gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined business problem to exploit management-based opportunities for an organization of their choice. They will apply business tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions and will receive feedback on the choices they make. They will defend their solutions and recommend a course of action and performance-based evaluation metrics for the business problem.

Learning teams will apply the principles of benchmarking throughout the program to research the most creative solutions to a business problem. This will enrich the alternatives that learners consider in evaluating possible solutions to the problems.

The MBA/PA consists of 45 credit hours and includes three proficiency courses (MBA/501, MBA/502, MBA/503) which may be satisfied using undergraduate coursework. Students may also waive an additional nine credits using graduate courses and may qualify for a 27-credit hour residency.

Course #Course Title CreditsPrerequisite(s)
MBA/500Foundations of Problem-Based Learning3
Proficiency Courses
MBA/501Forces Influencing Business in the 21st Century3
MBA/502Managing the Business Enterprise3
MBA/503Introduction to Finance and Accounting3
Core Courses
MBA/520Transformational Leadership3 MBA/500
MBA/530Human Capital Development3 MBA/500
MBA/560Enterprise Risk3 MBA/500
MBA/510Managerial Decision Making3 MBA/500, MBA/501, MBA/502, MBA/503
MBA/540Maximizing Shareholder Wealth3 MBA/510
MBA/550Resource Optimization3 MBA/510
MBA/570Sustainable Customer Relationships3 MBA/510
MBA/580Strategies for Competitive Advantage3 MBA/510
MBA/590Strategic Implementation and Alignment3 MBA/500
Specialization Courses
MBAPA/591Public Administration Seminar in Problem Solving3 All previous 13 core courses (MBA/500-MBA/590) courses in the preferred sequence
MBAPA/592Public Administration Seminar in Decision Outcomes3 All previous 14 core courses (MBA/500-MBA/590) courses in the preferred sequence