Master of Public Affairs
The Master of Public Affairs program is a professional program that prepares students for leadership positions in government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and for positions addressing public affairs in the private sector. The program is designed to emphasize professional practice throughout the curriculum by providing an education that integrates theory and practice. The course of study requires completion of
- the M.P.A. core,
- the concentration requirement,
- the experiential component requirement, and
- sufficient electives and/or mid-career option credit to total 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
The curriculum of this program as contained in the core requirements encompasses preparation in a broad range of skills relevant to the operation of public agencies and nonprofit agencies. It is based on the academic disciplines but not limited to any one. It is also problem-oriented, bringing the disciplines to bear on critical social, environmental, economic, and administrative issues.
Although the environment of public service is diverse and changing, effectiveness in that environment requires the development of special skills attained through detailed study in a chosen field of concentration. The fields of concentration span the variety of professional specialties found in public service. Thus, the program provides expertise in the core requirements and a specific concentration area, as well as a general working knowledge of public affairs.
The M.P.A. program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
- Accelerated Master of Public Affairs
- Mid-Career Option Credit
- Graduate Service Credit
- General Elective Courses
- Graduate courses, or undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit, may be used to complete the overall degree requirement of 48 credit hours.
- Fields of Concentration