All students admitted for the MPA degree in 2017 Summer/Fall or later (including BA/MPA) will be admitted under the requirements adopted and posted here. Each specialization is noted below. Students who were admitted prior to Summer/Fall 2017 can elect to complete the program under the requirements in place the year they were admitted or the new requirements.
The MPA curriculum consists of a “common core of knowledge”, a set of courses that all students in the program must complete; a set of required, colloquia and elective courses in one of three areas of specialization; an internship or special problems policy course; and a capstone research project.
The seven-course, 21-credit common core consists of:
- 56:834:501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
- 56:834:503 Law and Public Policy
- 56:834:515 Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance
- 56:834:525 Public and Nonprofit Management
- 56:834:535 Research Methods
- 56:834:557 Human Resources Management
- 56:834:675 Capstone Research Workshop (Prerequisite: all core courses)
*Replaces Law and Public Policy
- The Public Management specialization prepares professionals for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, and business in roles relating to public issues. Graduates serve in state, local, and federal government or community service agencies within the region, as well as foundations, corporations, or other public policy settings.
- The Community Development specialization provides students with a grounding in theories of power, policy, advocacy, and resource allocation, and applied aspects of domestic and international urban public policy and administration.
- The Educational Leadership specialization prepares students for roles in public education as administrators or policy specialists. This track emphasizes changes in education and how to lead through change.
- The Executive MPA Program is offered for mid-career professionals.
Students interested in an additional program focus may structure their elective courses in one of two policy areas, Education Policy or International Public Service and Development.
The Coverdell Fellows Program provides Returning Peace Corps Volunteers with an MPA program option to prepare for workforce re-entry, and prepares students for careers in international development or community development in the U.S. Our graduates work in nonprofit, government, philanthropic, educational, and other settings. Funding opportunities for Coverdell Fellows are available.
In the final year of study, all students must register for 56:834:675 Research Workshop (pre-reqs – all core MPA courses 56:834: 501; 503; 515; 525; 535 and 536 Research Methods) which provide guidance in the writing of a capstone research paper. Students should not register for the Capstone until all required coursework is complete.
Program and specialization requirements are listed on worksheets and are in place for students admitted Summer 2015 and later. Students admitted before Summer 2017 may elect to use the requirements in place at the time of their admission to the MPA Program of the requirements in effect as of Summer 2017. Download a PDF of the 2015 worksheets or pre-2015 worksheets.