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Master Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 36 credit-hour graduate degree program designed specifically for managers in public and nonprofit organizations. The public sector continues to play an important role in the effective functioning of society.

Public sector managers deal with complex, highimpact issues that require expert judgment in a wide variety of areas. Public administrators function in a wide range of public service organizations, from small to large. They may work in federal, state or local government agencies; community organizations; charities; and foundations.

The MPA provides students with the tools, knowledge, and insights needed to do a good job performing their duties in government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Students must take six core courses and six concentration courses. These courses provide a strong foundation in theory and practice.

MPA Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a solid knowledge in the functional areas of public administration, including: managing public sector organizations, budgeting, finance, economics, general management, law and ethics
  • Apply and employ management theories, tools and techniques to deal effectively with issues facing public sector managers
  • Analyze data and apply analytical skills to make decisions that are needed to serve the public effectively and solve complex issues that involve different constituents and political players
  • Possess planning skills required for defining and implementing public policy and organizational strategy
  • Develop leadership skills in order to run departments, divisions and agencies
  • Appreciate and foster technology and innovations in today's government and not-for-profit organizations
MPA Core Courses
MGT 500 Business Basics
MGT 530 Leadership and Organization
MGT 550 Project Management
MGT 554 Contracts and Procurement
MGT 570 Information Technology
MGT 611 Decision Making
MPA Concentrations
Criminal Justice Administration
Public Administration
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