Master of Public Administration

Professional Skills to Lead the Way

Drive change and lead for the greater good

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Pursue Your Master of Public Administration

Gain the professional skills to lead and manage with a degree that transcends sectors. Learn how to navigate organizational, human resource and budgetary challenges in order to improve programs and policies that drive change, serve society, and promote the public good here and around the world.

  • Prepare for a career in leadership in non-profit, private and public sectors
  • Train with award-winning faculty
  • Specialize with one of our diverse concentrations, or customize your own
  • Build your resume with an internship and capstone project
  • Access internship and career opportunities with our prime location in Washington, DC

At-a-glance

39 Credit Hours

Next Application Deadline: November 1

Classes Start: Spring 2018

Program Details

  • 39 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Up to six credit hours may be waived for qualifying courses and/or transfer credit from another academic institution
  • Capstone requirement is completed through assignments in PUAD-610: Public Administration Capstone

Tailor your degree to meet your unique career goals with your choice of concentrations or work with faculty and advisors. Optional focus fields enable you to further specialize your degree. Established concentrations include:

  • Applied Politics
  • International Management
  • Non-profit Management (optional focus field in Arts Management)
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy and Management (optional focus fields in Social Policy, Health Policy, Environmental Policy, or Science and Technology)
  • Public Financial Management (optional focus fields in Management Consulting or Human Resources)
  • State and Local Administration
  • The Legal Basis of Public Administration
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Project Management
  • Managing Nonprofit Organizations
  • Leadership in a Changing Workplace
  • State and Local Management
  • Budget & Financial Management
  • Public Administration Capstone
  • Spring Admission: November 1, 2017
  • Fall Admission: February 15, 2018

Program Fast Facts

TOP 20 School of Public Affairs

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number 5 Public Management & Administration

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number 3 Public Administration Program Ranking by Students

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97 percent of graduates are working, continuing their education, or both

Six month graduation survey

MPA Grads Thrive in All Economic Sectors

  • 38% Working in Government
  • 36% Working at a Nonprofit
  • 26% Working at a For-profit

Featured Employers

  • Deloitte 
  • The PEW Charitable Trusts 
  • U.S. House of Representatives 
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office 
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Peace Corps

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