Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is intended for those with career interests in public management, health and human services, government, and other public service and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum blends theoretical and applied concepts and assures “real-world” experiences for the novice administrator. In addition, it requires that students devote attention to general professional development. The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Students may begin the program in any semester. Three courses (or 9 credits) per semester are considered a normal course load for full-time students. Part-time students typically take one or two 3-credit courses each semester and one or two courses during the summer session to maintain steady progress toward the degree.

The MPA is also delivered online via Penn State World Campus.

Degree Conferred: M.P.A.

Program Mission and Goal

Mission: The Master of Public Administration program educates individuals to assume leadership positions in public service careers in government and non-profit organizations.

Goal: MPA develops ethical and skilled leaders able to work effectively in an increasingly globalized and diverse world, who have competencies as managers, analysts, and policy specialists, who are skilled in oral and written communications, and who share a commitment to democratic values and processes.

Grade-Point Average and Time Limit

The program, including an internship in a public agency or nonprofit organization, requires 18 to 24 months of full-time study, or three to five years on a part-time basis. Students must have a 3.00 grade-point average to graduate. All course work and requirements must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of first enrollment in the program.