Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Course of Study


Complete admission and program requirements are found in the University Catalog.

Core Curriculum

The MPA Program is divided into two parts — a core curriculum shared by all students in the program and electives that fulfill one of four concentrations. You will be required to complete 36 total semester credit hours.

Twenty-four of those credits come from the eight core courses. You will be required to take an additional two required courses and two elective courses in your concentration. The Leadership and Management concentration requires four elective courses. You are also required to complete the comprehensive examination your last semester of the academic year. See a full list of all available courses

The common core courses all fit into one or more of the five substantive areas of public administration. They are designed to meet the NASPAA Core Curriculum Competencies, which has all students in the program demonstrate their ability to: 

  • Lead and manage in public government
  • Participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry

MPA Concentrations

The curriculum allows students to choose a concentration.  You may choose from a concentration in:

  • City and County Leadership and Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • International Development Leadership and Management
  • Leadership and Management

City and County Leadership and Management Concentration

Nonprofit Leadership and Management Concentration

International Development Leadership and Management Concentration

Leadership and Management

Five-Year BA-MPA Concentrations

The curriculum allows undergraduate junior/senior SCSU students to choose an accelerated BA-MPA degree option. The degree options exist in:

  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Planning and Community Development

Planning and Community Development

Political Science

International Relations

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