MPA Electives

Electives are available from a variety os concentrations in public administration. Students are welcome to take all 12 units of elective coursework from one or multiple concentrations.

Any courses taken outside of SGPP will need approval from the Program Director and Graduate Programs Manager prior to enrollment. No more than 12 units of elective coursework may be taken outside of the School of Government & Public Policy and must be at the graduate level. Students are responsible for adhering to this policy even if a course is approved by the department. Please note that courses may not be offered every semester or academic year, and some courses may not award you 3 units.

Faculty members who have expertise in specific areas are also listed for students to contact to further discuss course options based on specific career goals.

Full course descriptions can be found on the University of Arizona CatalogCourses marked by *asterisks* are new course approvals.

LAW Course Enrollment

You must submit a request during normal registration periods to enroll in LAW courses. Law courses at the 500-level are considered master's level, whereas 600-level courses are considered doctoral level.  Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing.

Pre-Approved Electives

  • PA 507: Conflict Management in the Public Sector
  • PA 620A: Collaborative Governance in Theory, Practice, and Research (online)
  • PA 622A: Institutional Design and Learning in Collaborative Governance (online)

  • EDL 522: Critically Evaluating Education Policy Research
  • EDL 606: Policy Analysis in Education
  • HED 601: Higher Education in the United States
  • HED 609: Organization and Administration in Higher Education

Contact Laura BakkensenLiz Baldwin or Adam Henry to discuss faculty expertise in environmental management and policy.

  • PA 581: Environmental Policy
  • PA 584: Environmental Management
  • PA 597M: Public and Nonprofit Management Information Systems
  • *GEOG 596B: Water Policy in Arizona & Semi-Arid Regions*
  • GEOG 596I: Comparative and International Water Policy (also offered as LAW 596I)
  • GEOG 641: Water Law (also offered as ENVS 641, HWRS 641, LAW 641 and MNE 641)
  • GEOG 696I: Political Ecology (also offered as POL 696I, NES 696I, HWR 696I)
  • LAW 554: Environmental Law and Policy
  • LAW 559: Public International Environmental Law
  • LAW 696I: International Environmental Law
  • PLG 597S: Sustainable Urban Development and Design (also offered as GEOG 597S)
  • RNR 517: Geographic Information Systems for Natural and Social Sciences (also offered as GEOG 517)
  • RNR 519: Cartographic Modeling for Natural Resources
  • RNR 520: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • RNR 580: Natural Resources Policy and Law
  • RNR 585: The Economics and Social Connections to Natural Resources

  • PA 565: Public Health Advocacy (also available as HPS 565)
  • LAW 552: Health Law
  • PHPM 507: Health Care Economics and Policy
  • PHPM 510: The US Healthcare System
  • *PHPM  562: Health Services Administration*
  • PHPM 568: American Indian Health Policy
  • PHPM 574: Public Health Policy and Management

  • LAW 540A: Introduction to Human Rights Law
  • LAW 553: Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy
  • LAW 558: Introduction to Criminal Law
  • LAW 561: Legislative Analysis
  • LAW 567: Tribal Courts Practice & Procedure
  • LAW 568: Tribal Criminal Law & Procedure
  • LAW 602: Criminal Procedure (also offered as PA 602)
  • LAW 672A: Innovating Legal Services

Contact Mike Letcher or Jun Peng to discuss faculty expertise in local government and public management.

  • PA 507: Conflict Management in the Public Sector
  • PA 512: Local Government
  • PA 513: Government, Business, and the Nonprofit Sector
  • PA 518: Public Management Tools for the 21st Century
  • PA 520: Advocacy Strategies & Community Participation
  • PA 521: Utility Management
  • PA 551: Local Economic and Community Development
  • PA 597M: Public and Nonprofit Management Information Systems
  • PA 597W: Grantwriting
  • POL 583: Urban Public Policy

  • AIS 525: Native Economic Development
  • AIS 526A: Principles of Indigenous Economics (also offered as PA 526A, ANTH 526A, RNR 526A)
  • AIS 537A: Nation Building I (also offered as PA 537A, LAW 537A)
  • AIS 541A: Natural Resource Management in Native Communities
  • AIS 550A: Native American Law & Policy
  • PHPM 568: American Indian Health Policy
  • LAW 527: International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples

Contact Craig Smith or Suyeon Jo to discuss faculty expertise in nonprofit management.

  • PA 507: Conflict Management in the Public Sector
  • PA 513: Government, Business, and the Nonprofit Sector
  • PA 520: Advocacy Strategies & Community Participation
  • PA 533: Nonprofit Management
  • PA 597M: Public and Nonprofit Management Information Systems
  • PA 597W: Grantwriting

  • *PA 506: Bureaucracy, Politics, and Policy*
  • PA 514: Methods in Urban Planning (also offered as PLG 514, EPID 514, GEOG 514)
  • *PA 553: Policy Analysis I*
  • PA 572: Digital Research in Politics and Policy
  • *FCM 596D: Disability Perspectives in Research, Policy, and Practice*
  • GEOG 557: Statistical Techniques in Geography, Regional Development and Planning (also offered as PLG 557)
  • GLO 550: Media and the Environment
  • GLO 555: Media and Human Rights
  • GLO 590: Media and Humanitarian Crises
  • HRTS 500: Advancing Human Rights
  • HRTS 501: Advancing Human Rights Organizations
  • HRTS 502: Advancing Human Rights through Non-Governmental Organizations
  • *HRTS 510: Advancing International Human Rights Law*
  • HRTS 595A: Human Rights Across Contexts
  • LAW 507: Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
  • *LAW 513B: Law Economics & Civil Society (also offered as PPEL 513B and PHIL 513B)*
  • RNR 503: Applications of Geographic Information Systems

List last updated: 4/3/24