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MPP and MPA Programs

University of New Mexico, School of Public Administration (SPA)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: TO COME

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary


University: The University of New Mexico

Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA

Degree: Master in Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The Master Degree in Public Administration prepares men and women interested in public service and third sector careers for professional and management policy positions. Persons already employed or preparing to enter public service are encouraged to apply for admission. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is designed to utulize faculty resources in departments and colleges across the University, and to offer students a wide choice in their professional preparation” (at, 8 September 2014). 

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The School of Public Administration is one of 15 faculty-like colleges and schools within the University (see, accessed 8 September 2014).

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The school offers MPA/JD and MPA/MCRP combined programs, as well as a “shared credit degree” that allows candidates in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) program to put undergraduate credits towards the achievement of an MPA during their senior year of the BLA. The school also offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree.

Posted Tuition: Part-time students pay $351.85 USD per course hour (NM residents) and $938.42 USD per course hour (non-residents) [Note 1]. Full-time students pay $3797.20 USD (NM residents) and $10,836.04 USD (non-residents). [Note 2].

Note 1: Amount listed includes tuition, fees and public administration fee differential.

Note 2: Full-time fees for the public administration are assessed on a block, not per-course, basis. However, there is a per-course additional fee of $50. As a minimum of 42 credits (14 courses, approximately 3.5 courses per semester) is required to graduate, an average total course fee of $175 ($50 x 3.5) has been added to these amounts.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: Students complete a minimum of 42 credit hours including five components: a concentration (15 credit hours some required, some elective courses in each of four concentration areas: health policy and administration, human resources management, public budgeting and financial management, and public management), an elective (3 credit hours), an applied research project (for candidates that have selected the “professional paper” option) and a professional paper (3 credits) or thesis (6 credits).

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  Candidates complete 6 requires courses, 6 electives (including required and optional couses within various concentrations), and either a thesis or a shorter "professional paper" accompanied by a one-course equivalent applied project.

Duration: Two years.

Academic Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA over the last 60 hours of the degree. Shared degrees have alternative academic prerequisites.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14

Number of Required Courses: 8 (6 courses + a thesis OR a professional paper & applied project.) Note that each concentration also has required and elective components. These numbers reflect only what is required by the core curriculum.

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 6 (includes courses related to chosen concentration)

Number of Electives Offered within Program: At least 39 (full listing not available at time of writing).

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes, but can be replaced by a professional paper taken alongside an applied project.

Internship Required: No, but available in each concentration.

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree:

Professional Development and Career Support: Unknown.

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: Required only if non-thesis option pursued.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: Current course listing available at  

Course Material Online: Syllabi for a selection of current and recent courses are available at

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm

New Mex


I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Source: At and related sites (accessed 4 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 6 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 8 September 2014 and by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

New Mexico SPA MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Candidates in the Human Resource Management concentration must select at least five courses from courses denoted "(HR)". Candidates in the Health Policy and Administration concentration must select at least three courses from those denoted "(H1)" and at least two from those denoted "(H2)". Candidates in the Public Administration concentration must select one course from those denoted "(P1)" and four courses from those denoted "(P2)".

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PADM 500 Public Management and Policy (R)
  PADM 537 Seminar in Public Management (P2)
  PADM 570 Pro-Seminar in Public Policy (P2)
  PADM 590 Topical Seminar in Public Management (P2)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  PADM 596 Research Methods for Public Managers (R)

 Analytic Methods

  PADM 521 Institutional Development and Behavior (R)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  PADM 555 Internship (P2)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PADM 529 Administrative Law (P1)
  PADM 540 Administration of State Government (P2)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PADM 524 Intergovernmental Administrative Problems (P1)
  PADM 529 Administrative Law (P1)
  PADM 535 Comparative Public Administration (P1)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PADM 544 Public Budgeting (R)
  PADM 546 Public Financial Administration (P2)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PADM 522 Program Evaluation (R)

 Human Resource Management

  PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector (R)
  PADM 528 Employment Dispute Resolution (HR)
  PADM 538 Non-profit Management (HR)
  PADM 588 Practice of Negotiations (HR)
  PADM 590 Seminar: Workplace Transformation (HR)
  PADM 590 Seminar: Systems Design in Dispute Resolution (HR)
  OLIT 540 Foundations of HRD and Instructional Technology (HR)
  MGMT 663 Employment Law (HR)
  MGMT 506 Organizational Behavior and Diversity (HR)
  MGMT 564 Human Resources Management Theory and Applications (HR)

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PADM 538 Nonprofit Management (P2)

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  PADM 536 Social Policy and Planning (P2)


  PADM 561 Health Policy and Management (H1)
  PADM 562 Health Governance in Global Perspective (H1)
  PADM 563 Healthcare Finance (H1)
  PADM 564 Healthcare Policy and Program Evaluation (H1)
  POLS 511 Health Policy and Politics (H1)
  PADM 551 Problems (H2)
  PADM 555 Workshop for Interns (H2)
  PADM 570 Pro-seminar in Public Policy (H2)
  PADM 590 Topical Seminar in Health Policy and Management (H2)
  ECON 510 Topics in Health Economics (H2)
  LAW 531 Health Law (H2)
  PH 554 Public Health Policy, Politics and Advocacy (H2)
  PH 562 Women's Health Issues (H2)
  PH 565 Public Health: Law Policy and Ethics (H2)
  PH 578 Environmental Health Policy (H2)
  PH 579 New Mexico Border Health (H2)
  PADM 561 Strategic Management of Healthcare Systems (P2)


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PADM 523 Administration of State and Local Government (P2)

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  PADM 572 Energy Policy Seminar (P2)

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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