Master of Public Administration
Your Future is in Public Service
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, leadership and management, program evaluation, and research methods. Knowledge of U.S. 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. Our graduates work in the public interest in government, nonprofits and the private sector.
For more information, please visit the MPA Handbook.
The MPA requires a minimum of 42 credits for those with at least 1 year of administrative experience and 45 credits for those required to complete a three-credit internship. The MPA may be completed full-time (9 credits or more per semester) or part-time (less than 9 credits per semester). For details of required courses and electives, see MPA Curriculum.
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 from in their chosen concentration or from any other MSPIA electives to finish the 18 elective MPA degree requirements.
Please note: These concentration options are not open to students in the Executive MPA program
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.
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 under the five Universal Competencies established by the accrediting body NASPAA.
NASPAA Competencies and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program Learning Goals:
*Competencies were revised by NASPAA FA19; revisions are reflected.
Competency #1: To lead and manage in the public interest.
Learning Goal A: Understand and distinguish among concepts of management, leadership, and governance of public and nonprofit organizations.
Learning Goal B: Use management and leadership theories to analyze the design, operation, and governance of public and nonprofit organizations.
Learning Goal C: Develop recommendations to improve the management of public and nonprofit organizations based on multiple analytical frames. (revision – pending approval)
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 evidence-informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment.
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, apply, and advance a public service perspective.
Learning Goal A: Identify varied and conflicting values or needs within the public sphere and understand the implications they have on management and/or policy decisions.
Competency #5: To communicate and interact productively.
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.
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