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Public Administration

Public Administration


The School of Business and Public Administration offers a Master of Public Administration degree program. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is an interdisciplinary program which requires cooperative efforts on the part of graduate faculty in the School of Business and Public Administration and partner units across the University of Guam campus.

The basic goals of the MPA program are to provide students with professional education in public administration and to prepare them for public service careers at the territorial, regional, federal, and international levels. The program also offers opportunities for government employees to enhance and improve skills, and to learn new concepts and theories of public administration and management.


  • AGUON, Ron, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
  • McNINCH-SU, Ronald L., Associate Professor of Public Administration
  • RIVERA, John, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and MPA Program Coordinator
  • TERJALE, Therese, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
WALTER, Ansito, Associate Professor of Public Administration

See more at: SBPA Degree Programs - Homepage


In order to apply for admission to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, applicants must forward the following materials to the Registrar:

  1. Transcripts of all undergraduate work;
  2. Two letters of recommendation

A prospective candidate for the MPA program may hold a bachelor's degree in any field. It is not necessary that the bachelor's degree be in public administration. To be admitted to the MPA program, a candidate must meet the following additional requirements:

  1. Acceptance to the University of Guam as a Graduate Student;
  2. An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in the last two years (62 hrs.) of college work.



Students on non-degree status may take any graduate level public administration course; however, no more than twelve credits may apply towards the degree program. Students with a non-degree status may not enroll for PA690, Special Project or PA695, Thesis.



Admission to the MPA program does not imply candidacy for the degree. The student who has completed the core requirements of 18 graduate credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 must successfully pass a qualifying examination in order to be admitted to candidacy.



The qualifying examination will be administered in the months of April, July and November of each year. Students seeking candidacy status must request from the Program Chair by the first of April, July or November, an application to take the qualifying examination. Instructors teaching core courses will be responsible for preparing the qualifying examinations and evaluating them. Students who fail the qualifying examination three times will be denied program candidacy.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Learning Goals

General knowledge:

Goal 1: Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the various roles of professional managers in the public and non-profit sectors.
Goal 2: Demonstrate an applied leadership and teamwork skills.
Goal 3: Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical and research skills in solving real world problems in public administration.
Goal 4: Demonstrate an applied real world understanding of public policy process.
Goal 5: Demonstrate advanced proficiency in information technology, and communication skills.
Goal 6: Demonstrate an advanced understanding of local, regional and global environments and their relevance to public administration.
Goal 7: Demonstrate an understanding of ethical, professional, and social responsible behavior.



The Master of Public Administration program has 3 sequential stages: 1) the Core Courses, 2) Elective Courses, and 3) Practicum or Special Project or Thesis. All students are recommended to complete the core requirements before taking the qualifying examination or courses in the elective category. All pre-service students must take PA598 as an elective.

Core Courses: (24 credit hours)
Credit Hours
PA501Introduction to Research, or3, or
ED601Introduction to Research Methods3
PA510Administrative Thought3
PA525Public Budgeting3
PA530Public Management3
PA535Intergovernmental Relations3
PA540Administrative Law3
PA560Moral and Social Responsibility of Organizations3
PA570 (a-e)Special Topics in Public Personnel Administration a) Policy; b) Sanctions; c) Employment Law; d) Organizations e) Systems3


Elective Courses: (6-9 credit hours)
Credit Hours
PA526Private Enterprise and Public Policy3
PA545Organizational Behavior and Theory3
PA550Comparative Public Administration3
PA561Public Planning3
PA565Public Contracting Policies and Practices3
MI501Peoples and Cultures of Micronesia3
MI503Contemporary Issues and Problems3
MI510Governance of Island Polities3
MI520Economic Development and Change in Micronesia3


Special Project or Thesis: (3–6 credit hours)
Credit Hours


Practicum, or3, or
PA690Special Project, or3, or

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Public Administration?

  1. Economists
  2. Government Executives and Legislators
  3. Government Lawyers
  4. Public Interest Advocates
  5. Public Interest Lawyers
  6. Urban Studies
  7. Urban and Regional Planners