Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Public Administration, M.P.A.

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Program Requirements

  • Credit Hours: 36


*Capstone can be waived and replaced with PUBA 710 Thesis (3)  for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. or seek employment in research or policy analysis.

Elective Requirement

Students must complete an additional 18 credit hours (OR complete an internship plus 15 elective credit hours).  Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, MPA students are encouraged to think broadly about their elective courses. 

Elective hours must be completed from PUBA coursework, ARCM coursework, or the approved elective courses below. In addition, with written permission of the MPA Director, students may apply to have no more than two elective courses outside the program, to count toward their elective credits.


Students without prior relevant public service work experience (currently employed full time in public service or previously employed for at least one year full time in public service) are required to complete PUBA 777  Internship (3). The student’s work history will be reviewed as part of the application process and students will be notified at the time of acceptance if an internship is required. To satisfy the requirement, students must work no fewer than 150 hours over the course of the semester for three hours of internship credit. Every internship requires a written agreement between the supervisor, student, and program director outlining the expectations of the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, both the student and the internship supervisor will be asked to evaluate the work and the overall experience. Students must also fulfill the academic expectations of the internship which are likely to require written reflection of their experiences in relation to public service competencies.

A student that gains full-time employment in the public or nonprofit sector after they are admitted may be exempted from the internship requirement by submitting the internship waiver request form to the MPA Director. If granted, the student is required to take an additional elective course.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer credits (no more than twelve [12] hours) completed at other institutions must be approved by the director.

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