A professional degree program, the MPA includes applied work in several related disciplines: Public Administration, Communication, Management, and others. The conceptual and analytical skills developed through the MPA curriculum are critical to the effective management of public agencies and programs. Contemporary public officials are required to make complex choices and implement programs and policies within difficult financial, legal, political, and organizational constraints. More than ever, it is important that administrators be able to work with a variety of people, both within and outside the public sector. Professional education in public administration encompasses fiscal control, organization management, decision analysis, and a working understanding of government institutions and legal procedures. MPA graduates are uniquely prepared to understand the responsibility and accept the challenge of managing in the public sector.
The MPA is considered a terminal degree frequently sought by professionals entering or pursuing a career in the public or nonprofit sectors. The degree is conferred when the student completes the required thirty-six credit hours with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0. Students can complete the degree by enrolling full-time for two years. Graduate hours are divided between required core courses (21 hours) and elective courses (15 hours).