Your MPA program faculty embrace the perspectives of New Public Service, Refounding Public Administration, and Appreciative Democracy. Students are intellectually challenged to master conceptual lenses at the praxis level of understanding. Morally obligated by their Oath to the Constitution to use their administrative discretion to serve the Public Interest and defend democratic regime values.
You will have the opportunity to participate as a part of our tight-knit MPA program community in various ways such as being a part of our International City and County Management (ICMA) Student Group (the first chapter in Minnesota!), attending Madeira Hours, Coaching with Compassion sessions, peer-mentoring, Fireside Chats, Virtual Tabletop Role-Playing Games, and more! You have the opportunity to conduct and present applied research with faculty as well as receive faculty mentoring if you are interested in continuing on to a doctoral program once you graduate. Pedagogical strategies you will experience include: case studies, movies, games and simulations, experiential learning, service learning, and other innovative, research-based approaches.
You will complete 36 course credit hours to earn your degree. Twenty-four of the credits come from eight core public administration courses. Students can choose between several concentrations to complete an additional twelve credit hours.
Each new student is assigned an adviser from their MPA concentration who they will meet with before completing 15 credit hours to complete their Plan-of-Study.