The Master of Public Management (MPM) program stresses the language, theory and practice of public management while building a breadth of managerial competencies in courses from across our other graduate programs. The program develops key leadership and managerial skills required in the public sector to implement policies, projects and programs, while addressing organizational, human resource and budgetary issues.

Aimed at professionals working within government at any level or whose organizations do business with government, the MPM program builds its core of public sector-oriented courses on a foundation of required courses from across our graduate programs. By starting with the same two courses required of all beginning MBA students and completing three other courses from the MBA, Conflict Management, and Human Resources programs, MPM students prepare to practice evidence-based management in a variety of organizations.

The four core public management courses aim to introduce students to the language and literature of public management while developing their skills via applied research projects and training experiences.


What qualities should a Master of Public Management (MPM) student have?

MPM students should be interested in improving their skills in leadership, management and in analytics. They should demonstrate openness to learning new skills, technologies and techniques, and should be comfortable with computer applications used by managers. Some may want a career in politics, while others wish to bridge the gap between politicians and voters.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the Master of Public Management program?

Students will gain the management, leadership and analytical skills needed to be evidence-based managers. Analytical work begins with spreadsheets, forecasting, predictive modeling, and statistical analysis, while communication skills are honed as well.

Students learn how to incorporate their skills into areas such as policy analysis, financial management, and program evaluation. Students perform a virtual internship with a mentor in a public sector organization in their financial management course. They evaluate a benefit-cost analysis in their policy analysis course.

Students can also pick up a concentration in an area of interest, including Healthcare Management, Conflict Management, or Strategic Human Capital Management. The capstone course requires them to develop a program evaluation proposal, demonstrating the breadth of knowledge gained in all their MPM experiences.

What is the most important or unique thing about Sullivan’s Master of Public Management program?

There are many Public Administration programs around; ours is a Public Management program. It seems to be the only one in Kentucky. Rather than being based in a school of political science and being theoretical in orientation, the MPM program at Sullivan University is firmly rooted in the managerial sciences. Our students start with the same courses required of MBA students and then develop further specialization in the language and practice of public management. The program is hands-on in orientation, with students completing applied research projects to develop the same skills used by managers in government, public, private and non-profit organizations.

Also, the program can be completed entirely online.

What are some websites with more information on the public management career field?

Public management is not one particular career field but uses management skills to improve the workings of government agencies at every level, as well as nonprofits. You may find the following websites to be beneficial:

Kentucky Careers
Louisville Metro Government’s Human Resources Department
Philantropy News Digest
The 7 Top Websites for Non-Profit Jobs
USA Jobs

Master of Public Management Course Requirements

48 Credit Hours
Length: 18 months
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
MGT 510Managerial Communication Skills4
CMM 550Negotiation in Conflict Management4
MGT 580Strategic Human Resource Management4
MGT 620Operations Strategy4
MPM 510The Public Policy Process4
MPM 545Public Sector Financial Management4
MPM 550Public Policy Economic Analysis4
MPM 680Program and Policy Evaluation – MPM Capstone4
QNT 550Advanced Quantitative Methods4
Credit Hours36
Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)12
Three elective courses are chosen by the student to complement the student’s personal of professional interests.
Total Credit Hours48
Conflict Management Concentration
CMM 510Interpersonal and Intergroup Conflict Analysis4
CMM 540Conflict and Culture4
CMM 542Conflict Coaching for Leaders4
Healthcare Management Concentration
MPM 520Healthcare Systems Management4
MPM 535Healthcare Information Systems4
MPM 546Healthcare Finance4
Strategic Human Capital Management Concentration
HRL 520Workforce Planning and Staffing4
HRL 530Human Resource Development4
HRL 540Compensation, Benefits and Security4

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