Learning Goals and Objectives

As a professional degree program, the MPA emphasizes both the theoretical and practical aspects of public and nonprofit administration. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the theoretical principles informing the field, and the practical management techniques necessary to administer public and nonprofit organizations. The link between theory and technique is a special emphasis of the program. Students are trained in organization analysis, and in the research, analytical, and communications skills necessary to implement public policy and to become successful managers. The program strives to foster in students a commitment to social purpose and the public interest. Students are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities and to undertake course and masters thesis research in areas that directly affect their career interests or other objectives.