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MPA Curriculum

Unlike other Master of Public Administration programs, we offer a curriculum built for the real challenges faced by public administrators. Not only will you learn about public administration concepts, but you’ll also apply them immediately by building your technical skills in areas like data analysis and program evaluation. Students have an opportunity to focus their studies and elective coursework around specialties such as social innovation and entrepreneurship, program evaluation, nonprofit management, and economic development, among others. A signature part of the on-campus program is the applied learning experience where students work with area nonprofit organizations; local, state, and federal government; or public agencies.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience is a portfolio capturing the student's learning experiences in the program through the submission of select research and professional papers. The portfolio is presented in person or via written submission to a faculty committee. Traditional, on-campus students have the option of selecting a thesis in lieu of the portfolio.


Core Courses

MPA 6200 Foundations of Public Administration 3 credits
MPA 6010 Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs 3 credits
MPA 5140 Organizational Leadership 3 credits
MPA 5860 Public Budgeting 3 credits
MPA 6800 Strategic Leadership and Public Value 3 credits
MPA 6020 Advanced Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs 3 credits -OR-
MPA 6030 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Administration 3 credits

Professional Competencies

MPA 6910 Public Affairs Internship 3 credits
Electives   15 credits
Graduate Total Credit Hours   36 credits
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