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Public Administration


The School of Business and Public Administration offers a Masters Degree in Public Administration. 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, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Education, and the Research units.

The basic goals of the MPA program are to provide students 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.



COLFAX, Richard S., Professor of Human Resource Management & Management
HO, Kevin K.W., Assistant Professor of Management Information System
JONES, Roseann M., Professor of economics
LAW, Wai K., Professor of Management
LI, Ning, Associate Professor of Public Administration
McNINCH-SU, Ronald L., Associate Professor of Public Administration
WALTER, Ansito, Assistant Professor of Public Administration


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
PA501 Introduction to Research, or 3, or
ED601 Introduction to Research Methods 3
PA510 Administrative Thought 3
PA525 Public Budgeting 3
PA530 Public Management 3
PA535 Intergovernmental Relations 3
PA540 Administrative Law 3
PA560 Moral and Social Responsibility of Organizations 3
PA570 (a-e) Special Topics in Public Personnel Administration a) Policy; b) Sanctions; c) Employment Law; d) Organizations e) Systems 3


Elective Courses: (6-9 credit hours)
Credit Hours
PA526 Private Enterprise and Public Policy 3
PA545 Organizational Behavior and Theory 3
PA550 Comparative Public Administration 3
PA561 Public Planning 3
PA565 Public Contracting Policies and Practices 3
PA598/698 Internship 3
MI501 Peoples and Cultures of Micronesia 3
MI503 Contemporary Issues and Problems 3
MI510 Governance of Island Polities 3
MI520 Economic Development and Change in Micronesia 3


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


Practicum, or 3, or
PA690 Special Project, or 3, or
PA695 Thesis 6

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