Master of Public Affairs
Looking for one of the top ranked public affairs masters programs in the nation? Look no further. SPEA's Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is an integrated course of study providing knowledge and experience used by the professional in various roles within a changing society. The MPA program at SPEA is ranked 2nd nationally by U.S. News and World Report 2013.
The MPA program is designed to produce graduates who have the skills needed to be successful and take on leadership roles in an ever-changing job market. SPEA's MPA program produces graduates who can work well with teams of professionals and can effectively communicate and work with colleagues in a wide variety of disciplines.
Our graduates leave with strong problem-solving skills and a sound interdisciplinary context, which allow them to hit the ground running as they enter their new careers.
Unlike a theory-based or research degree, the MPA program has an applied focus that teaches students to address society's complex problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Thus, students are taught by faculty members with backgrounds in political science, economics, policy analysis, management science, law, international affairs, environmental policy, and other significant public policy areas.
The MPA program is a two-year, 48-credit-hour program consisting of three components:
- A core curriculum of management, statistics, microeconomics, law, and budgeting courses.
- A concentration area.
- An experiential requirement or research program.
See MPA Viewbook for details, available in PDF format here.
Master of Public Affairs students interact with top-notch faculty through classroom experiences, advising relationships, and assistantship opportunities. In addition to being excellent teachers, our faculty are engaged around the world in applied research and service which has resulted in significant impacts on both the public and nonprofit sectors. Through their publications and activities, faculty members in SPEA have contributed to improvements in:
- personnel management,
- the implementation and impact of environmental policy,
- aviation safety,
- the ethics and legal aspects of health care,
- the quality and process of economic development,
- the practice and impact of public finance and budgeting,
- the process and product of managing nonprofit organizations,
- the effectiveness of urban service delivery,
- the quality of community policing,
- development policies and practices of the World Bank and the Agency for International Development.
Yet, this is but a small sample of the extensive impacts of the faculty's activities at all levels of government and management. Their wide-ranging research and service activities provide a practical grounding in the classroom, where they educate students in not only the theories of public affairs, but their practical and professional applications. Profiles of our Public Affairs faculty may be viewed here.