Master of Public Administration
Learn to be an effective administrative leader and thoughtful policy analyst with a Master of Public Administration (MPA). The Marxe School MPA is ranked among the best in the nation. It is fully accredited by NASPAA, the nation’s chief accrediting body for schools of public affairs and administration.
MPA students develop skills in budgeting, communications, economic analysis, fundraising, management, program evaluation, and research methods. Knowledge of American government and public policies in such areas as immigration, the environment, housing, economic development, health care, and foreign affairs is gained during the course of the program. Students are prepared to work in either the nonprofit sector or government. A public service career may be pursued as an elected officeholder, program manager, policy advocate, or researcher.
Students in the traditional MPA program have the option to complete 12 credits of electives in one of five concentrations:
- Health Care Policy
- Nonprofit Administration
- Policy Analysis and Evaluation
- Public Management
- Urban Development and Sustainability
After completing their chosen concentration, students will need to complete another 6 credits in their chosen concentration or any electives to finish the 18 elective MPA degree requirements.
Please note: These concentration options are not open to students in the Executive MPA program or National Urban Fellows MPA programs
Non-Traditional MPA Program Delivery Model
The Executive MPA is designed for mid-career professionals who seek to develop leadership and analytical skills in a cohort model. Students complete the 42 credit program in two years by taking classes from 8:30-3:30pm on Saturdays from September to June. Appropriate candidates for the Executive MPA program should have a minimum of three years professional management experience.
For more information on applying visit the graduate admissions requirements and process webpage
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Upon graduation, students within the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree programs at Marxe are expected to obtain knowledge and demonstrate skills associated with the following Program Learning Goals approved by the faculty and fall under five Universal Competencies established by NASPAA.
Competency 1: To lead and manage in public governance
Learning Goal A: Distinguish among, and apply, the concepts of management, leadership and governance in public and nonprofit organizations.
Learning Goal B: Use management and leadership theories to analyze and improve the design and governance of public and nonprofit organizations.
Learning Goal C: Develop recommendations for action by public and nonprofit organizations based on the analysis of their strategic and ethical choices.
Competency 2: To participate in and contribute to the policy process
Learning Goal A: Distinguish and effectively employ the steps in the policy process: problem/goal identification; stakeholder identification and analysis; financing; approval; implementation and evaluation.
Learning Goal B: Identify alternative policy options; assess their potential feasibility and effectiveness; describe how the policy options are expected to affect outcomes (mechanisms).
Competency 3: To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
Learning Goal A: Analyze, evaluate, and draw valid conclusions from social science research such as policy, applied, or evaluation research.
Learning Goal B: Design social science research such as policy, applied, or evaluation research using qualitative or quantitative methods.
Learning Goal C: Conduct social science research such as policy, applied, or evaluation research.
Learning Goal D: Apply social science or evaluation research findings to public policy questions and decision making situations.
Competency 4: To articulate and apply a public service perspective
Learning Goal A: Understand how to assess and maximize the values of diversity and inclusiveness; equity; integrity and ethical conduct; compassion/empathy; and effectiveness and efficiency in the formulation of public policy and in management/implementation.
Competency 5: To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry
Learning Goal A: Prepare clear, concise, well-organized, accurate and persuasive written materials that are tailored to an audience’s level of experience and needs.
Learning Goal B: Prepare clear, concise, well-organized, accurate and persuasive oral presentations that are tailored to an audience’s level of experience and needs.
Learning Goal C: Recognize and value the diversity of organizational structures and cultures, as well as organizational complexity, in order to communicate effectively.