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Mission Statement

The mission of the AU Master of Public Administration program is to instill the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to manage and lead with distinction in government and related organizations that serve the public good in the U.S. democratic context and abroad.

We will achieve our mission by preparing students to:

  1. Apply acquired knowledge about administration/management/leadership in contemporary public and related organizations and systems.
  2. Allocate administrative and programmatic resources based on analytic decision making.
  3. Analyze administrative problems, craft solutions, and communicate them effectively to relevant stakeholders.
  4. Incorporate a range of values into administrative actions, including democratic/constitutional values, respect for the diversity of people and perspectives in the policy process, and administrative values such as responsiveness, accountability, effectiveness and equity.

For the foreseeable future, the United States and other governments worldwide face the challenge of discerning how best to harness the energy and expertise of public servants, the passion and commitment of nonprofit organizations, and the dynamism and creativity of markets in the pursuit of democratic and constitutionally informed public purposes.

Through our teaching and unique location in Washington, D.C., we seek to help meet this challenge by enhancing the knowledge, professional skills, and leadership potential of our students in their public service careers.

We educate students entering, engaged in, and interacting with government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

We treat administration and policy as interrelated subjects strongly influenced by the values of public service and democratic constitutionalism.

Through our research and civic involvement, we also seek to enhance what is practiced and taught in our field.

We seek to attract a diverse group of talented students. We encourage their active involvement in learning, research, and professional activity and strive to enhance their appreciation of the responsibilities of public service.

We Know Success Facts

Employers, Recent MPA Graduates

  • AARP
  • Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Best Buddies NY
  • BNP Paribas
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Catholics for Choice
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • City of Seattle
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • DC Department of Health
  • Deloitte
  • Democracy Fund
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • Hillel International
  • Marwood Group LLC.
  • Mathew Greenwald & Associates Inc.
  • mothers2mothers
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Office of the State Attorney 12th Judicial Circuit
  • Peace Corps
  • Priorities USA Action
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • State of Georgia
  • Strafford Regional Planning Commission
  • The Executive Office of the President
  • The Lewin Group
  • The Palladium Group
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • The Secretariat of the House of Representatives
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, State, Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council
  • U.S. Small Business Administration

Recent MPA Capstone Projects

  • Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Youth
  • Cybersecurity: The Untamed Policy Frontier
  • Educating Refugee Students: Policy Implications for the U.S. Education System
  • Faces of Hunger: An Examination of Food Insecurity in Rural and Urban America
  • Facilitating the Renewable Energy Revolution: The Public Administration Perspective
  • Responding to and Preventing Workplace Harassment in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Improving School Discipline
  • K-12 Education Funding Formulas: A Qualitative analysis of Financial Management and Distribution of Resources
  • A Cross-Sector Analysis of Ebola Management in West Africa
  • Organizational Response to the Opioid Crisis in the DMV Area
  • Comparing Paid Leave Policies in the U.S.
  • Evaluating the Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
  • Improving School Discipline in US Public High Schools: An Analysis of Disciplinary Methods and Applications
  • Managing Small Islands within a Big City: An Analysis of Five Small Nonprofit Hawaiian Cultural Organizations in the DMV Area
  • Undocumented Youth and Access to Higher Education

Concentration Booklet

Concentration Featured: Public Management

Public Management Concentration Sample Courses
Semester Courses Level
Fall (1) PUAD 605: Quantitative Methods for Public Managers
PUAD 612: Introduction to Public Administration and Policy Process
PUAD 616: Legal Basis of Public Administration
Core Requirement
Core Requirement
Core Requirement
Spring (2) PUAD 617: Project Management
PUAD 630: Public Managerial Economics
PUAD 665: Managing Human Capital Assets
Concentration/Management Elective
Core Requirement
Concentration/Management Elective
Summer (3) PUAD 684: Organizational Analysis Core Requirement
Fall (4) PUAD 609: State and Local Management
PUAD 633: Budgeting and Financial Managements
PUAD 652: Facilitation and Team Development
Concentration/Management Elective
Core Requirement
Concentration Elective
Spring (5) PUAD 610: Public Administration Capstone
PUAD 696: Program Performance Evaluation for Managers
PUAD 650: Leadership in a Changing Workplace
Core Requirement
Concentration Elective
Management Elective

Concentration Featured: Nonprofit Management

Public Management Concentration Sample Courses
Semester Courses Level
Fall (1) PUAD 605: Quantitative Methods for Public Managers
PUAD 612: Introduction to Public Administration and Policy Process
PUAD 681: Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Core Requirement
Core Requirement
Concentration/Management Elective
Spring (2) PUAD 630: Public Managerial Economics
PUAD 696: Nonprofits and Public Policy
PUAD 616: Legal Basis of Public Administration
Core Requirement
Concentration Elective
Core Requirement
Summer (3) PUAD 684: Organizational Analysis Core Requirement
Fall (4) PUAD 615: Public-Private Partnerships
PUAD 685: Grant Management
PUAD 682: Nonprofit Resource Development
Concentration/Management Elective
Concentration Elective
Concentration Elective
Spring (5) PUAD 610: Public Administration Capstone
PUAD 696: Program Performance Evaluation for Managers
PUAD 633: Budgeting and Financial Management
Core Requirement
Concentration Elective
Core/Concentration Elective

*These are sample course plans. Actual course work may vary.

MPA Graduation Rates: AY 2013-14 Cohort

Social Policy Sample Courses
Student Entering Academic Term Student Entering Cohort Count at Census Graduated within 2 years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years Total Students Graduated and Persisting to Graduation
2013-2014 87 62 70 80 82