Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Fire Administration

Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Fire Administration

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
PADM 501Fundamentals of Public Administration3
PADM 530Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development3
PADM 550Public Policy Analysis3
PADM 600Politics & Policy of Public Sector Budgeting3
PADM 610Management of Public Sector Organizations3
PADM 620Public Administration Praxis: Legal & Contemporary Issues3
PPOL 505Applied Public Policy Research Methods3
Total Hours21
FIRE 610Leadership for the Executive Fire Officer3
FIRE 620Human Resources and Budget Management for the Executive Fire Officer3
FIRE 630Community Risk Mitigation for the Executive Fire Officer3
or FIRE 640 Legal Considerations in Fire and Emergency Services for the Executive Fire Officer
Total Hours9
Thesis or Elective Courses 1,2
PADM 688Thesis Proposal3
PADM 689Thesis Research 33
PADM 690Thesis Defense 40
Total Hours6

Students may take two elective courses2 instead of PADM 688 Thesis Proposal (3 c.h.), PADM 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.), and PADM 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)


Choose from the following courses: Any 500-600 level course offered by the Helms School of Government. Other 500-600 level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis


While PADM 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) may be taken more than once, only one enrollment in the course will be permitted to count toward degree requirements


Any thesis student who is not ready for enrollment in PADM 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.) after completing PADM 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat PADM 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in PADM 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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