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Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration Courses

Curriculum Details

The curriculum in Calvin’s MPA online program prepares you to take a Christ-centered, ethical, and efficient approach to leadership and public and non-profit administration. The program brings together learners from government, for-profit, and non-profit entities (including faith-based organizations), exploring the interplay among such entities in providing public services.

Calvin’s MPA program will include concentrations that will allow you to gain specialized knowledge to advance in your field, including State and Local Government Administration, Non-Profit Management and Leadership, and Program and Policy Analysis. We also offer a range of electives that will help you determine the best path to meeting your goals.

For those who are not looking for a master’s program, we also offer certificate programs.

Note: The MPA program is launching in fall 2022 with a Public Administration Certificate only, which includes the master’s program’s first two courses. The full MPA is scheduled to begin fall 2023, and courses from the Public Administration Certificate will apply to the full master’s program. 

Public Administration Certificate

An exploration of the history and organizational expressions of public service and public institutions within government and society, engaging perennial and new debates over the interplay of government and the nonprofit sector, including churches. It addresses organizational issues as federalism, division of power, and public-private partnerships, and values issues such as equity and justice. 

An introduction to the field of public and nonprofit administration, focusing on organizational purposes, operations, and policies; theories of organizational functions, leadership and management; budgets and funding; accountability; oversight; and ethics. The course also examines the politics and operations of public agencies and non-profit organizations from current and historical perspectives.

An examination of the relationship between politics and administration, defining public interest and differing public values. Topics include organizational leadership, budget and financing, human capital and staffing, ethics, strategic planning.

An introduction to the academic literature on community development and impediments that stand in its way, i.e., economic divestment, inadequate housing, structural violence, lack of community services, crime, etc. It considers the various roles that government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations play in community revitalization and offers models of change for community revitalization that include, among others, doughnut economics, social mobilization, and asset-based community development.

An introduction to local politics and government in the United States, examining who is involved in local politics and how the political processes in cities shape policies. Topics include urban political institutions, machine politics, federal urban policy, race representation in cities, local elections, structure of local administrations and key policy areas within the local and metropolitan context, such as education, policing, and urban planning and development. The course will also examine the historical practices of cities with the United States.

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