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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional graduate degree in public administration which is the public sector's offering equivalent to the private sector's Master of Business Administration.

The MPA program prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state/provincial, and federal/national governments, and increasingly in nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and nonprofit sectors. Course instruction includes the roles, development, and principles of public administration; and public policy management and implementation.1 

A core curriculum of a MPA program usually includes: ​

  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Managerial accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Planning & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Policy process and policy analysis
  • Program evaluation/ performance measurement
    • Public finance
    • Public financial management
    • Public management
    • Research methods
    • Statistics
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    ​Depending on their interest, MPA students can focus their studies on a variety of public sector fields such as urban planning, emergency management, transportation, health care (especially public health), economic development, urban management, communit​y development, education, non-profits, environmental policy, cultural policy, and criminal justice, etc.2
     
    Executive MPAs typically take place in the evenings or weekends and are geared for those who are working full-time. The curriculum in executive programs is generally similar to MPA day programs. Students typically need to have a minimum of five years of work experience for executive programs.​2​

    General Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • GPA average of 3.2 or higher
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT
  • Full-time professional work experience may be required
  • Resume
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