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Learn to be an effective administrative leader and thoughtful policy analyst with a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Our MPA is ranked among the best in the nation. It is fully accredited by NASPAA, the nation’s chief accrediting body for schools of public affairs and administration.
MPA students develop skills in budgeting, communications, economic analysis, fundraising, management, program evaluation, and research methods. Knowledge is gained of American government and public policies in such areas as immigration, the environment, housing, economic development, health care, and foreign affairs. Students are prepared to work in either the nonprofit sector or government. A public service career may be pursued as an elected officeholder, program manager, policy advocate, or researcher.
Traditional MPA Program Options
The MPA requires a minimum of 42 credits for those with at least 1 year of administrative experience and 45 credits for those required to complete a three credit internship. The breakdown of the degree is 7 core classes (21 credits) + 1 internship course (if required; 3 credits) + 6 electives (18 credits) = 42 or 45 credits total.
The Traditional MPA may be completed full-time (9 credits or more per semester) or part-time (less than 9 credits per semester). Students who work full-time, may not attend full-time. Classes are offered during the day, evening, and online in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students in the traditional program have the opportunity to pursue a 12 credit concentration in one of five areas: Health Care Policy, Nonprofit Administration, Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Public Management, and Urban Development and Sustainability.
Non-Traditional MPA Program Delivery Models:
The Executive MPA is designed for mid-career professionals who seek to develop leadership and analytical skills in a cohort model. Students complete the 42 credit program in two years by taking classes from 8:30-3:30pm on Saturdays from September to June. Appropriate candidates for the Executive MPA program should have a minimum of three years professional management experience.
National Urban Fellows MPA
The National Urban Fellows-MPA is a 14-month program offered in cooperation with National Urban Fellows, Inc. Students complete 12 credits in an introductory summer session, another 9 courses while working full-time, at a paid mentorship in a public or nonprofit organization, and another 12 credits in a concluding summer session. Admission is competitive and is made directly by the National Urban Fellows, Inc.
For more information on applying visit the Admissions Requirements and Process page.
For further information, contact the Graduate Admissions office.