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Home » Degrees and Programs » Master in Public Administration » Curriculum and Specializations » MPA International Public Service and Development Specialization

MPA International Public Service and Development Specialization

Applications for Fall are being accepted though June.

The International Public Service and Development (IPSD) specialization is one of four Master’s in Public Administration degree tracks offered by Rutgers University–Camden. The IPSD specialization combines graduate-level studies in Public Policy and Administration with coursework on community service, international development policy and administration, and nonprofit management.  

During their first year of academic studies, our students serve in a year-long internship in north Camden. After their first year, they then serve in the US Peace Corps for two years, or for one year in an alternative international assignment. 

Our program has an excellent track record of placing graduates in government organizations, international institutions, and private firms. Recent graduates have gone to work for organizations like the U.S. State Department, the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Department for Aid and International Development, and a host of state and municipal government departments. 

Degree Requirements

1. Completion of 42 credits course work.
2. Fifteen (15) credits Core of Common Knowledge courses
3. Twelve (12) credits International Public Service & Development specialization courses
4. Six (6) credits from IPSD specialized elective courses (student to choose)
5. Nine (9) credits International Placement and Capstone Course

Core of Common Knowledge – Required (15 Credits) 
    501 Foundations of Policy Analysis 
    515 Introduction of Public Budgeting and Finance
    525 Public and Nonprofit Management
    535 Research Methods
    536 Public Information Systems

IPSD Specialization – Required (12 Credits)
    542 Domestic Internship
    556 International Negotiations
    616 International Economic Development
    670 International Conflict & Conflict Resolution

IPSD Elective Courses (Choose 2) (6 Credits)
    56:834:505 Organizational Behavior
    56:834:606 Poverty Alleviation Strategies
    56:834:604 Alternative Development Strategies
    56:834:xxx MPA courses

Capstone Course – Required (9 Credits)
    676 International Placement and Capstone Project

Total 42 Credits

• Thirty-three (33) required credits must be successfully completed by the end of Spring Semester of second year.
• Final nine (9) credits will be completed in conjunction with overseas placement under 676 International Placement and Capstone Course

To download a copy of the IPSD Specialization Worksheet, please click here.

Please contact the Faculty Coordinator for the MPA–International Public Service & Development specialization for more information on the program: 

Maureen Donaghy, PhD
Program Director

(856) 225-6131