Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration is focused on helping you develop the skills you need to become an ethical, creative leader in public service. We periodically update courses to reflect trends in the study of public administration as well as faculty expertise and interests. 

The MPA is 39 credit degree program.  As part of your studies, you will complete a management internship.  If you have at least three years of relevant work experience, the internship course may be waived, and your degree will be 36 credits.

At the conclusion of your MPA, students take a written comprehensive examination.

You may also elect to complete an individual research project. These are reserved for advanced students with specific needs not met by available elective course work.  Approval for the individual research course must be obtained from the MPA Director.

The MPA Director may also permit you to take up to two elective courses from other graduate programs in order to help you personalize your degree.

Full time students typically complete the MPA degree in two academic years; part time students usually graduate within 3-4 years, although they may have up to six years. 

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