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. We offer both on-campus and fully online programs.
Review the required course curriculum (6 courses), elective courses offerings including the 1-credit special topics courses as well as our contingent course offerings.
Students may be required to complete an internship for credit towards the MPA degree. Review our policies, procedures, and listing of organizations where recent students have interned.
Degree Requirements, Policies, and Support Services
Get to know our degree requirements as well as all graduate student policies and support services available to our students.
Important Notices for Distance Education Students
The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.