Graduate School

For students interested in pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at NKU, the three required Public Service Minor courses (PAD 500, 501 and 511) may be waived, reducing the required credit hours from 39 to 30 to complete the MPA program.

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Phone: 859-572-5326

The 18 credit hour Public Service minor is designed for students interested in careers that focus on serving others, usually through government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Consider the Public Service Minor
If a Career In Any of the Following Interests You

  • Service delivery or management in a local, state or federal agency
  • Policy making, implementation and evaluation
  • Nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Community planning and development
  • Public safety or court administration
  • Children and social service programs
  • Public health and environmental management
  • Educational administration

The Public Service Minor Requires 18 Credit Hours

Core Required Courses (9 credit hours)

  • PAD 500 Foundations of Public Administration
  • PAD 501 Human Resources Management
  • PAD 511 Budgeting Techniques and Applications

Electives (select 9 credit hours)

  • PAD 403 Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PAD 412 Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • PAD 420 Managing the Not-For-Profit Organization (3 credits)
  • PAD 560 Planning and Community Development (3 credits)
  • PAD 394 Special Topics in Public Administration (3 credits)
  • PAD 496 Internship in Public Administration (1-15 credits)
  • PAD 498 Public Service Practicum (1-6 credits)
  • PSC 100 American Politics - SB (3 credits)
  • PSC 403 Politics in Action (3 credits)
  • PSC 405 Politics of Money (3 credits)
  • JUS 301 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • JUS 403 Crime and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • JUS 413 Flawed Criminal Justice Policies (3 credits)
  • JUS 496 Internship: Justice Studies (1-6 credits)
  • LDR 308 Leadership Development (3 credits)
  • LDR 381 Organizational Ethics and Decision Making (3 credits)
  • LDR 396 Leadership Practicum (1-6 credits)