MPA Graduates exhibit a thorough knowledge of the environment in which they will serve and apply managerial practices.
MPA graduates will possess the skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, effective communication, strong leadership and self-assessment.
- Critical Thinking: Gather, evaluate and focus on problems by structuring and processing the results efficiently.
- Effective Communication: Demonstrate ability to not only convey, but also listen to ideas both orally and in writing with polish and professionalism amongst all audiences.
- Strong Leadership: Help others work productively and effectively, not only to reach conclusions, but also take action both individually and in teams.
- Self-improvement: 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, state, and federal 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 intent.
The MPA program has no required prerequisite coursework. However, we strongly recommend that applicants complete the following undergraduate courses: economics, statistics, and accounting. Students who have taken these classes enter the program better prepared for graduate courses in these areas. Students must also be comfortable with the basic tasks and functions in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.Required Tests: GRE or GMAT