Aligned with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), each course expands the knowledge of public administration principles and develops leadership skills through reading, course work, and conversations with peers and professors.
Leadership for Key Executives
Executive Clarity: Thinking and Writing
Legal Issues in Public Administration
Public Managerial Economics
Budgeting & Financial Management
Managing in the Information Age
Organization Diagnosis and Change
Executive Problem Solving
Language of Statistics
Politics, Policy Making, and Public Administration
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Learn how the Key Executive Leadership MPA meets the Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). View the chart.
Students who wish to reduce their credit load of the Key Executive Leadership MPA may be eligible to transfer credit from Key Executive Leadership Certificate program, approved OPM and DAU courses.
Key Executive Leadership Certificates
Students who have attended all eight courses and received a "pass" grade for a 30-page paper at the conclusion of the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program will receive 9 credit hours toward the Key MPA.
Approved OPM Courses
Courses Offered at OPM's Eastern and Western Management Development Centers
Crisis Leadership Workshop
Dynamics of Public Policy Seminar
Environmental Policy Issues Seminar
Executive Development Seminar
Federal Budgetary Policies and Processes Seminar
Natural Resources Policy and Issues Seminar
Science, Technology and Public Policy Seminar
Management Development Seminar II: Leading Organizations
Courses Offered at OPM's Federal Executive Institute (FEI)
Leadership for a Democratic Society
Applied Leadership for a Democratic Society
Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
The University will grant up to nine (9) hours of credit towards the 36 credit Key Executive MPA to any member of the DoD AT&L workforce who possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, has at least two years of management experience, and has earned a Level I, II, or III Certification in at least one DAWIA career field and are accepted and enrolled in the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program. Acceptance into the program is subject to an AU review of student applicant credentials.
Please contact the Key MPA Graduate Advisor for additional information on receiving for course waivers for work accomplished in the the Key Executive Leadership Certificates, approved OPM courses, or DAU Certification programs.