The Public Management and Community Development specializations each require three additional classes; an internship (see our waiver policy); and three to four electives. Students have the option of structuring their elective courses around a policy focus.
Elective Areas of Policy Focus
- International Public Service and Development Policy
- Education Policy
- Click to learn more about elective areas
Students admitted prior to Summer 2017, may elect the MPA program requirements in place in their year of admission, or they may choose to adopt the new requirements.
- All students except those in the EMPA program (see below) complete a graduate Internship, or in the case of working professionals exempt from the requirement, an elective course.
- See this link for more information on internship requirements and our waiver policy.
- All MPA candidates complete a capstone research paper to demonstrate the application of core course knowledge and analysis to a specific policy or administrative problem.
“The MPA Program prepared me for the job market with a combination of class-based projects, quality internship opportunities, and research projects with professors.”
Class of 2018 MPA Graduate
“Working full-time in Philadelphia and volunteering several days per week as a full-time graduate student, commuting to Camden for conveniently timed classes suited my busy schedule.”
Class of 2017 MPA Graduate