Master of Public Administration - Program Requirements

The Master of Public Administration degree normally requires 42 credits. These include:

  • Five required core courses totaling 15 credits
  • Two courses in communication totaling six credits
  • Four courses in one of two concentrations (nonprofit or city/state administration), which includes a capstone seminar, totaling 12 credits
  • A six-credit internship (may be waived for those with professional experience in a relevant position)

Students choose from a range of courses that reflect current theory and trends as well as issues related to the specific tracks of the program.

Required Core Courses (15 credit hours):

Five core courses are required for all students in the MPA Program:

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

Breadth Courses (27 credit hours):

Students take six additional courses, four focusing on their concentration of choice, and two in communication. The program has strong links with a number of other graduate programs at the University including American Studies, communication, and business administration, which allows students to broaden their education through cross-program courses. Students design their curriculum in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Capstone/ Internship:

Students finish the program with a six-credit internship and a three-credit capstone offered in a course-based format.


Spring 2014 MPA Courses
Summer & Fall 2014 MPA Courses (subject to change)