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M.P.A. in Public Administration

M.P.A. in Public AdministrationThe M.P.A. in Public Administration prepares you for a wide range of managerial and leadership positions in local, state and national government, the law, and non-profit organizations. For administrators already employed in public service, this 42-credit program provides opportunities to improve your administrative skills, pursue a specific area of interest and prepare for increasing levels of responsibility and management.

The required foundation courses include “Principles of Public Administration,” “Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector,” “Computer-based Management Systems” and “The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration.”

In the Advanced Core Curriculum you will explore various aspects of public sector administration, including “Human Resource Administration,” “Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance,” and “Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment.” Nine credits of electives and a thesis complete this comprehensive course of study.

The M.P.A. degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

A specialization in Gerontology and Nonprofit Management is available.

Program Goals

Students will

  • have the ability to lead and manage in public governance
  • have the ability to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  • delineate the attributes of a successful leader
  • demonstrate knowledge of organizational theories
  • demonstrate creative, thoughtful problem-solving abilities
  • amass information and synthesize it coherently
  • demonstrate creative, thoughtful problem-solving abilities and a heightened awareness of ethical considerations.