Public Administration, Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Non-thesis only: 36 credits required

The Master's of Professional Studies in Public Administration (MPPA) program provides an in-depth education for students seeking professional careers in public administration. The MPPA requires the completion of 36 credit hours in various aspects of public administration and policy. The program can be completed in either 16 months or 21 months. It is particularly appropriate for international students and uses numerous examples and case studies from around the world. It is cohort-based, with all students in a cohort taking the same courses. Please check the School's website to find out when the next cohort is expected to be formed.

Between the first and second year, and/or during the academic year, most students engage in internships in international, federal, state or local government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private firms that are engaged in public administration. In addition to offering practical experiences and the opportunity to further develop skills acquired during the first year, these internships provide students with contacts and relationships useful for future projects and job placement.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
PLCY610Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy3
Select one of the following:3
Political Analysis
Topics in Public Policy (PLCY688A - Public Policy Seminar)
PLCY670Public Budgeting & Financial Management3
PLCY711Public Management and Leadership3
PLCY640Microeconomic and Policy Analysis3
PLCY688Topics in Public Policy (PUAF688M - Public Policy Seminar)3
Select 6 credits of electives6
Additional course requirements 112
Total Credits36