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. 157
The Master of Public Administration is a non-thesis degree.