Degree Requirements

The program prepares emerging leaders to face complex management challenges of today. Students will gain an appreciation for these issues through their core courses and their electives. Twelve courses, including a Capstone project, are necessary to complete the degree.

Students are required to:

  • Take five core courses
  • Complete the Capstone course/project
  • Choose six elective courses

Core Courses


At the end of their studies, students must take the course 470.860 Capstone for Public Management and complete a Capstone Project. Students planning to graduate in the Fall would take that course during the Fall semester. Students planning on graduating in the Spring or Summer would take 470.860 during the Spring semester.


Students take six electives. Full course listings and descriptions are available here.

Sample Electives

For a full list of all courses available to Public Management students, please visit Course Descriptions. Students may also choose electives from selected degree programs within Advanced Academic Programs: Government, Global Security Studies, and Applied Economics.


Students in the MA in Public Management are eligible for program honors. Students who receive a grade of “A-” or better in all their coursework and Capstone, and have completed all their degree requirements will graduate Cum Laude. Students who earn the grade of “A-” in all their coursework and receive at least an “A” on their Capstone will graduate with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. Students who receive an “A” or better on all their coursework and at least an “A” or better on their capstone will graduate Summa Cum Laude. These awards are program-based and are recognized at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies Award Ceremony only.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.