Master of Public Administration - Program Requirements


The Master of Public Administration degree requires a total of 42 credits, including eleven courses, six credits from internships, and a three-credit independent capstone project. Students choose from a range of courses that have been designed specifically for the M.P.A. program and may also take up to two courses in allied areas.

Students, in consultation with the program director, select courses to suit their academic, personal, and career goals.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

Introduction to Public Administration
Research Methods
Financial Management and Budgeting
Human Resource Management

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

Breadth Courses
Four courses from a student’s concentration of choice, including the capstone class
Two Communication courses
One course in Ethics


The Capstone Experience is intended to complement the student's coursework and complete the chosen program of study. It is undertaken with the close supervision of a faculty advisor and can take the form of a specially designed course, independent study, or a master’s thesis.