College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Public Administration


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

    Eight required courses: 24 credits:

    PUBM-501  Foundations of Public Administration  

    PUBM-511  Understanding Organizations  

    PUBM-512  Policy Formation and Implementation  

    PUBM-521  Management and Human Relations Skills  

    PUBM-530  Financial Management and Control  

    PUBM-540  Policy and Program Research  

    PUBM-570  Economic Analysis  

    PUBM-590  Capstone in Public Service

    Three courses in Government or Nonprofit Specialization: 9 credits

    Seven elective courses: 21 credits

    Electives may include: Behavioral Economics, Social Justice and Policy, Leadership, Learning, and Change Management, Communication and Advocacy, Legislative Process, Public Budgeting, 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 590 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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