College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Public Administration


  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program requires the completion of 54 credits with an area of emphasis in government or nonprofit. 

    Eight required courses: 24 credits:

    PUBM-5010  Foundations of Public Administration  

    PUBM-5110  Understanding Organizations  

    PUBM-5120  Policy Formation and Implementation  

    PUBM-5210  Management and Human Relations Skills  

    PUBM-5300  Financial Management and Control  

    PUBM-5400  Policy and Program Research  

    PUBM-5700  Economic Analysis  

    PUBM-5900  Capstone in Public Service

    Four courses in Government or Nonprofit Area of Emphasis: 12 credits

    Six elective courses: 18 credits

    Electives may include: Behavioral Economics, Social Justice and Policy, Strategic Planning, Communication and Advocacy, Networks in Public and Nonprofit Management, Lean Management, GIS for Public Administrators, and more. Internship opportunities are available for students seeking additional experience in the public or nonprofit sectors, and many other course offerings.

    MPA students conclude the program with the PUBM 5900 capstone course. The course integrates the knowledge and skills gained in the program, providing students an opportunity to work with local agencies or employers. Students analyze a policy or management problem, and make recommendations for courses of action.

    Courses are offered fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.

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