Master of Public Administration, M.P.A.
Hybrid MPA and On-line MPA Programs
Director: Emily A. Neff-Sharum
The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA Program) is a broad-based degree designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public organizations. The MPA Program emphasizes the critical areas of political institutions and processes, managerial and leadership concepts and skills, and analytical skills and techniques. It is anchored in both theory and application for those seeking to leverage their career progress and enhance their leadership potential.
The MPA Program is intended for practicing and aspiring administrators in public sector organizations, and is also an excellent degree for those in non-profit and voluntary sectors, and in private organizations that interact consistently with public agencies or which maintain government or public affairs offices. The degree also is useful for those whose career paths may move across sectors over a period of time. The degree-while based solidly in research and theory-emphasizes the practical application of modern technical, managerial, and leadership skills in a variety of settings.
For those currently in administrative and managerial positions, the MPA Program will help refine, update, and improve career potential and help add value to performance. For preservice individuals, the program is an excellent way to build the educational foundation for a career in management and leadership.
This graduate program is devoted to public management, and also committed to serving the needs of those whose careers are invested in the work of non-profit organizations and private sector organizations that have public interest linkages. Given its emphasis on management, the program is multi-disciplinary and involves a significant mix of disciplines, all of which contribute to the value of the program for individual students. This multi-disciplinary quality, along with its public management base, is a significant, and unique strength of the MPA Program and degree.
The MPA Program offers four choices beyond the initial required courses: The student may choose a concentration in General Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, or Health Administration. These options are designed to enable the student to select courses that will enable meeting individual career and professional goals and needs.
Program-Specific Admissions Standards
All applicants for the M.P.A. degree in Public Administration are required to submit an essay detailing their preparation for graduate studies, relevant professional experiences, and their objectives in pursuing an M.P.A. degree. The M.P.A. program requires submission of scores from the GRE General Test; students do not need to submit subject area scores. See also Graduate School Regulations and Procedures
The MPA Program Components
The major components of the MPA Program are: (1) the Required Core Courses; (2) the required concentration courses; and (3) electives.
CoursesCriminal JusticeEmergency ManagementSpecial Topics in Emergency ManagementHealth AdministrationPublic Policy and AdministrationSpecial Topics in Public Policy and Administration