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. As of the fall semester of 2015, there were 56 residential students and 224 taking the program online via Penn State World Campus.
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.
Employment of Graduates
Graduates of our residential MPA program most often end up employed in local or regional government, domestic-oriented nonprofits, and the private sector (non-research). Our online graduates are most often employed in national and local/regional government, the private sector, and domestic-oriented nonprofits.
[Based on surveys responses, graduation years 2009-16 (residential), 2010-16 (online).]