Master of Public Administration

The master of public administration degree (MPA) is the recognized professional degree in public administration, public management, and public service. It is designed principally, but not exclusively, for those who are pursuing careers in public service. Graduates are employed in government agencies at all levels, national associations, public interest groups, research and consulting firms, and in the private sector.

The MPA degree program provides an opportunity to study management and policy issues in an intergovernmental and intersectoral context. The program focuses on developing critical intellectual capacities, sound analytical skills, and a sensitivity to the ethical and value concerns that are central to the traditions of the field of public administration.

Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

40 credits, including 22 credits in required courses, 9 to12 credits in a selected policy field, and 6 to 9 credits in elective courses.

Required
PPPA 6000Cross-Sectoral Governance in the U.S. Federal System
PPPA 6001Introduction to Public Service and Administration
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision Making
PPPA 6004Managing Public Organizations
PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6009MPA Capstone
Policy field
Completion of one 9- or 12-credit policy field.
Policy fields include budget and public finance; federal policy, politics, and management; international development management; managing state and local governments; homeland security and emergency management; nonprofit management; policy analysis and evaluation; public–private policy and management. With approval, a special field may be constructed, tailored to the student’s academic interests and career objectives.
Consult the SPH website for additional information on policy fields.
Electives
6 to 9 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the advisor. Courses may be from any related program or discipline