The graduate program in Public Administration (MPA) seeks to increase the accessibility to management education for able, motivated men and woman of various ages and educational backgrounds. The program is designed to prepare students for leadership and management careers in all levels and functions of government, in community service agencies and in the business community, and to provide well-qualified graduates who are highly motivated to seek long-term leadership and management careers in the public service sector.
The program consists of required core courses and elective courses. Students take specialized courses reflecting the concerns of their particular area of interest.
The Master of Public Administration Degree program consists of four basic academic requirements:
1. Core courses which are required for graduation.
2. Elective courses with thesis option.
3. A comprehensive examination.
The Master of Public Administration program requires a total of 36 credit hours. All MPA candidates must take and pass all eight core courses (24 credits) and any four elective courses (12 credits, 6 of which may be the thesis option).