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Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Administration degree consists of a minimum of 36 semester
credit hours. This degree requires a “common core” of eight courses, including
3 semester credit hours of internship for those students without significant
public service experience (at least 2 years). Students in mid-career may, upon
approval from the Program Coordinator, substitute another 3-semester credit
hour course. Students may select from one of 3 specialization areas in public service:
Nonprofit Administration, Community and Economic Development, or Political
Leadership. Students with special interests may make other course choices with
permission of the MPA Program Coordinator. A Specialization Area consists of 4
three-credit hour courses.  The Master of Public Administration is a non-thesis degree. A final Applied
Research Project in Leadership is required as part of the core courses.