The MPA Program is a 42 credit hour program, comprised of:

  • a core of seven courses (25 credits) where students are introduced to the knowledge and skills they need for professional public service
  • 12 credits of electives
  • 2 credit internship to practice application of learning
  • 3 credit culminating experience course to demonstrate competencies.

It typically takes full-time students 2 years to complete our MPA Program.

Core Courses

Evidence-based Decision Making, choose one:

Managing People, choose one:

Specialization or Electives

(12 credits)

Two certificates/specialization are available within the Department of Public Administration:

  • Nonprofit Management & Leadership
  • Local Government Management & Leadership

The Department also has relations with the Social Work, Student Affairs Administration, Education, Sustainable Communities, the School of Nursing (for students interested in Health Policy Administration), and with the Department of Geography for students interested in Environmental Policy.  Additionally, students are offered the opportunity to choose elective courses suited to their specialized academic interests from various other graduate academic departments.

Recommended coursework for students interested in sustainable communities:

  • SUST 500
  • SUST 510
  • any SUST elective
  • any other elective as needed to fulfill 12 credits. (Note that SUST 500 and 510 are four-credit classes.)

Contact George Homsy ( for more info about sustainable communities

Application of Learning

Culminating Experiences/Demonstrating of Competencies