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Tennessee State University, College of Public Service & Urban Affairs (CPSUA)

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Program Summary


University: Tennessee State University

Location: Nashville, TN, USA

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The MPA is the key professional degree for individuals working in the fast-growing public and non-profit sectors, and our graduates succeed in obtaining work in those areas… The CPSUA MPA is the only NASPAA-accredited MPA program in Middle Tennessee… Located in the state capital and a vibrant city, we can offer opportunities to interact with state and local public policymakers, administrators and nonprofits leaders during your studies. The MPA can also be combined with a graduate certificate to emphasize Healthcare Administration and Planning or Nonprofit Management, increasing relevance for either of these dynamic fields. Students who are pre-service (having less than one year professional-level experience in a public, non-profit, or healthcare administration setting as evaluate dby program advisor) complete a 300-hour internship, gaining real-world experience in their desired sector.” (At, accessed 4 September 2014)

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

Academic Unit within University: College of Public Service & Urban Affairs

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The College offers undergraduate degrees in urban studies (B.S.), a minor in nonprofit management and leadership, an online Masters of Professional Studies (MPS), a Ph.D in public administration, and graduate certificates in health administration & planning and nonprofit management. The school also offers all of the Unviersity’s social work programs.

Posted Tuition: Approximately $4,086 for in-state students (full-time), and $9,324 for out-of-state students (full-time, per semester.. Part-time fees are assessed differently based on the number of credit hours completed.

Note 1: Based on an estimate of 9 credit hours per semester ( and tuition information posted at, accessed 5 September 2014).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

Degree Requirements

Summary:  Candidates with extensive public sector (or nonprofit sector) experience complete the degree in 36 hours, with those who do not have substantial experience completing the degree (including an internship) in 42. Course delivery is gfearted towards working students, and many are thus offered online (At, accessed 4 September 2014).

Duration: 2 years.

Academic Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12 (plus a 6-credit internship, if required - see "Internship Required" field below).

Number of Required Courses: 9 (plus summer internship)

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 3 (0 for students seeking certificates in healthcare or nonprofit management)

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 22 (current to November 2013;  at accessed 4 September 2014).

Comprehensive Examination: Yes, during second summer of the program.

Thesis Required: No, but a portfolio of written work completed over the course of the degree is required.

Internship Required: Yes, if student does not have at least one year of previous public sector or nonprofit sector experience.

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree.

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes (at, accessed 4 September 2014).

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: No.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: Current listing available at (accessed 4 September 2014).

Course Material Online: The school makes sample (previous) syllabi 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.


Tenn State


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 4 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 21 September 2014 and 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.

Tennessee State CPSUA 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

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PADM 6430 Seminar in Contemporary Public Policy
  PADM 6980 Strategic Planning and Mgmt. Issues for Nonprofits
  PADM 6410 Public Policy Analysis (R)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  PADM 6110 Statistics for Public Administrators (R)
  PADM 6130 Research Methods in Public Administration (R)

 Analytic Methods

  PADM 6310 Seminar in Organization Theory (R)
  PADM 6320 Seminar in Organizational Analysis
  PADM 6910 Special Topics: Conflict Management & Negotiation

 Leadership Skills

  PADM 6270 Seminar in Administrative Leadership

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  PADM 6500 MPA Internship (2R - for students with less than 1 year experience)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PADM 6210 Seminar in Public Administration (R)
  PADM 6220 Seminar in Administrative Law
  PADM 6490 Politics of Administration (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PADM 6390 Ethics and Values in the Public Service

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PADM 6230 Public Budgeting and Finance (R)
  PADM 6190 Financial Management for Nonprofit and Health Orgs.
  PADM 6260 Budgeting as a Management Tool

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

  PADM 6240 Seminar in Personnel Management (R)
  PADM 6900 Special Topics: Personnel in Public Organizations

 Information Management and Technology

  PADM 6150 Information Technology in Public Administration (R)

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PADM 6950 Intro to Nonprofit Organizations
  PADM 6960 Resource Development for Nonprofits
  PADM 6970 Marketing for Nonprofits

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare


  PADM 6510 Mgmt. of Health Agencies
  PADM 6515 Health Organizations and Delivery Systems
  PADM 6520 Health Policy in the US
  PADM 6530 Topics in Administration of Health and Human Services
  PADM 6540 Planning and Problem-solving in Health Orgs.
  PADM 6550 Epidemiology


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PADM 6440 Seminar in Urban Administration
  PADM 6470 Tennessee State Government

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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