Master of Science in Management - Public Administration Concentration

In order for an organization and its management to compete in today’s global business environment, there is a great need for individuals who can both lead and manage technical initiatives and business operations. To help meet the need for this competitive new breed of technical leadership and management professional, Colorado Technical University offers a general Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree program. The program architecture consists of research methods, leadership, managerial decision-making and operations management integrated with a solid practical research foundation. Building on this program core, the student can tailor the degree program to meet individual job responsibilities, organizational needs, and career goals.


The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Public Administration (MSM-PA) is designed to help prepare students for careers in public administration/public policy (or to help them advance in these career areas) and to provide them with a strong grounding in the discipline of management.


Outcomes (Core):

  • Evaluate the appropriate leadership and management actions needed across disciplines and in various global environments
  • Synthesize theory and practice in day-to-day managerial decision making and organizational change
  • Apply appropriate strategic, technical, operational, and ethical principles to solve organizational challenges and meet organizational goals and objectives.


Outcomes (Concentration):

  • Analyze policy challenges in government
  • Formulate policy options in the public sector
  • Contrast competing potential solutions to challenges in public administration


Program Competencies:

  • Lead, communicate and direct business initiatives and day-to-day operations
  • Analyze, develop, and implement strategies for improving business processes and operations
  • Integrate Research and Development, marketing, production, and finance strategies
  • Apply project management practices to projects and initiatives

Degree Requirements

Courses - Core

FINC615Applied Managerial Finance


INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


IT600IT Management


MGMT604Organizational Behavior


MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments


MKTG630Applied Managerial Marketing


PM600Project Management Processes in Organizations


Total Credit Hours:28

Courses- Concentration

PA600Public Administration Theory and Practice


PA605Graduate Research Methods for Public Administration


PA610Federal, State, and Local Government


PA615Budgeting and Finance for Public Administration


PA620Capstone in Public Administration


Total Credit Hours:20

Total Credit Hours: 48


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