MPA Degree Requirements

The curriculum of study for the Master of Public Administration program includes several elements.  First, all students are required to take a group of core courses which will provide exposure to subject mater which all administrators must master.  For example, the core deals with research methods, policy analysis, personnel administration, organization theory and budgeting. 

Second, students choose from a number of elective offerings designed for exposure to other matters of concern to practicing administrators such as administrative ethics, executive leadership challenges and administrative law. 

Third, students develop an area of administrative specialization such as advanced public management, public budgeting and finance, planning, security studies, and, state and local government. 

Finally, pre service students are required to complete an internship.