Master of Public Administration MPA

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Program Description

College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

Graduate degree

Program accreditation

The MPA program curriculum is consistent with the guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

A completely online option is available. You can complete your master’s degree in public administration without ever setting foot on our campuses by taking online classes.

Metropolitan State University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares you for a wide range of career and leadership opportunities in the field of public administration. The state-of-the-art curriculum addresses the most critical challenges that public administrators and their respective councils or boards face at all levels of government.

The MPA program offers:

  • a broadly based professional degree that demonstrates your ability to lead and manage a broad range of public organizations and programs;
  • a practical education that equips you to design and manage new ways to address pressing social problems;
  • preparation to provide ethical leadership within your organization and in the public arena;
  • a learning environment that is enriched by a highly diverse student body and outstanding practitioner scholars;
  • preparation for work and careers that increasingly cross organizational and sector boundaries; and
  • the choice to complete your degree completely on campus, completely online, or in a combination of online and on-campus courses.

In a world where professionals are increasingly expected to make multiple job changes during their careers and work across the sectors, this degree is a very practical choice that integrates study of public administration and issues with non-profit and for-profit perspectives. Students begin by studying program fundamentals, then take courses in public policy analysis and public budgeting and finance, supported by a set of strategic skills courses, electives, and a capstone seminar that all students complete.

Program Fundamentals:  Fundamental concepts and skills that undergird the entire MPA program.

Strategic Skills and Knowledge: Core competencies for all public and nonprofit professionals.

Focus Areas: Public Policy Analysis and Public Budgeting and Finance courses, plus electives in specific areas of practice.

Capstone seminar: Final project and MPA program integration.

All MPA students must complete 40 graduate credits.

Last updated Sep 2020

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Metropolitan State’s history and mission Since 1971, Metropolitan State University has been committed to meeting the higher education needs of the people of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. We are a fully accredited, comprehensive university and a member of the Minnesota State higher education system. Read less