As a pre-service or career professional, the MPA program will supply you with the appropriate mix of requisite skills and knowledge needed for key positions in public service, non-profit organizations, or social enterprises.
MPA students have the option to develop a depth of knowledge within one or two areas of concentration:
• Public Affairs, Relations, and Policy Concentration
• Non-Profit Management Concentration
• Executive Leadership Concentration
MPA students are given broad exposure to the field of public administration through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary core curriculum that integrates theory with practice and emphasizes application of acquired knowledge in a real-world setting.
Strategic Development and Management of Programs and Policies
Using a team-based approach, this capstone seminar provides a “living laboratory” designed to give students the opportunity to engage in real-world situations in public management, policy development, program assessment, or non-profit management. They are expected to demonstrate the ability to analyze, think critically, evaluate, solve problems, and make decisions in the public interest while incorporating professional codes of ethics. An open Request for Proposal process will be established to solicit client-based capstone projects each semester. This compulsory capstone project is a group effort; students work in supervised teams to carry out their analysis and research. Each team’s project proposal is reviewed and approved by a committee consisting of the capstone instructor and members of the MPA faculty. Each student (team member) submits a reflection paper about their learning experience in the MPA program
Graduates of the MPA program are well-prepared for positions such as finance manager or director, budget analyst, financial analyst, policy analyst, human resources manager or director, executive director, public relations and fundraising manager, market research analyst, or urban/regional planner, among many other in the public and non-profit sectors.
The goal of the MPA program is to graduate competent, ethical practitioners who will lead and manage while serving the public to effect positive change locally, nationally, and abroad.