Lincoln Memorial University


The LMU Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is designed for those who wish to pursue leadership roles in the ever-expanding field of public service. Earning a master’s degree in public administration opens the doors to a wide range of public service careers, including government administration, community or nonprofit management, and government relations. This 36-39 credit hour program (depending on student’s selected concentration) provides tracks in General Public Administration, Government Relations and Advocacy, and Conflict Management. MPA graduates may work in government agencies creating policy, overseeing agencies, or analyzing efficiencies. Those who work in community agencies may work for social welfare organizations or large health care organizations such as hospital systems, managing budgets or analyzing efficiencies. In the private sector, MPA graduates hold consulting positions or work assisting companies in understanding policy making and management strategies.

The Master of Public Administration is a 33 or 36 credit hour program (depending on the student’s chosen concentration). The program offerings are flexible and useful for those in mid-career, with several electives offered in a hybrid or online format, and it can be structured in such a way to complete the entire program in 18 months.


  • The General Public Administration track (36 hours, thesis) is designed to provide public service professionals with the core proficiencies in the management and leadership of public organizations. Course offerings cover a wide range of general public administration topics, as well as specialized substantive areas such as health care policy, special topics in education, and human resource issues.
  • The Government Relations and Advocacy track (39 hours, non-thesis) provides new lobbyists and government relations professionals with critical skills to advance and succeed with their firms and clients at the federal, state and local levels. Course offerings include topics covering legislative research and drafting, campaign finance, governmental ethics, along with clinical experience.
  • The Conflict Management track (39 hours, non-thesis) allows students to apply dispute resolution theory and collaborative leadership skills in the field of public administration. Course offerings include negotiation theory and practice, mediation skills, dispute resolution systems in public organizations, along with externship opportunities.

Core Course Requirements

  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Process
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Public Financial Administration
  • Public Service Ethics and Values

General Electives*

  • Economics for the Public Sector
  • Managing Public Service Organizations
  • Legal Context for Public Policy Management
  • Special Topics in Public Policy
  • Power and Influence in Public Organizations
  • Administration of International Programs and Organizations
  • Public Policy and the Arts
  • Health Care Policy
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Crime and the Public Sector
  • Urban Politics and Administration
  • American National Government
  • Organization Leadership

*General electives may also be available from the Graduate Schools of Education and Business

Government Relations and Advocacy Courses

  • Introduction to Government Relations
  • Advanced Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Government Relations and Advocacy – Clinical Skills I and II

Conflict Management Courses

  • Survey of Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Psychology and Communication of Conflict
  • Dispute Resolution Systems in Organizations

To inquire about this program please contact:
Dr. Stephen M. Adkins | 865.545.5334 |

International students please contact:
Ke Collins|423.869.6384|




423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752