MPA Graduates exhibit a thorough knowledge of the environment in which they will serve and best managerial practices.
MPA graduates possess the skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, effective communication, strong leadership and self-assessment.
- Critical Thinking is the ability to gather, evaluate and focus on problems by structuring and processing the results efficiently.
- Effective Communication is not only to convey, but also listen to, ideas both orally and in writing with polish and professionalism amongst all audiences.
- Strong Leadership is to help others work productively and effectively, not only to reach conclusions, but also take action both individually and in teams.
- Self-improvement is the ability to thoughtfully improve and critically assess both self-motivation and personal performance.
MPA graduates share an understanding of, passion for, and commitment to public service values.
The full-time MPA program is designed to provide an understanding of the essential body of knowledge and to develop the basic skills needed for professional management. Such essentials include quantitative analysis, managerial economics, organizational behavior, strategy, human resource management, accounting, budget and finance, ethics, and communication. These skills are taught through practical class and field experiences, case studies, formal and computer simulations, and special workshops and seminars. Second-year courses are designed around an individual’s desired area of emphasis. Such areas include: local government management, financial and management analysis, and nonprofit management. Emphasis in each of these concentrations is given to the conceptualization of the larger political and social issues as they relate to the administration of government and nonprofit programs.
Requirements for Degree.
- Credit hours: 57
- Required courses: 40 credit hours
- First-year program: courses in economic decision making, decision analysis, organizational behavior, communication, administrative environment, budgeting, statistics, finance, human resource management, and career preparation.
- Second-year program: courses in ethics, legal issues, and program evaluation.
- Emphasis courses. By selecting an area of emphasis (local government management, financial and management analysis, or nonprofit management) a student takes nine credits as specified by the department.
- Electives: Courses determined in consultation with advisor.
The preceding does not represent the full range of requirements and opportunities in the program. See professors, academic advisor and career services director for greater detail.
Interest in public management as reflected in a statement of intentRequired Tests: GRE or GMAT