About this program
Metropolitan State University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares you for a wide range of career and leadership opportunities in the field of public administration. The state-of-the-art curriculum addresses the most critical challenges that public administrators and their respective councils or boards face at all levels of government.
The MPA program is available in three formats: regular face-to-face classes, a totally online format, and hybrid classes which alternate meeting in the classroom and online. You can choose the format you prefer, depending on your individual preferences or circumstances, including a mix of all three formats.
The MPA program offers:
- A broadly based professional degree that demonstrates your ability to lead and manage a broad range of public organizations and programs.
- A practical education that equips you to design and manage new ways to address pressing social problems.
- Preparation to provide ethical leadership within your organization and in the public arena.
- A learning environment that is enriched by a highly diverse student body and outstanding practitioner scholars.
- Preparation for work and careers that increasingly cross organizational and sector boundaries.
- The choice to complete your degree completely on campus, completely online, or in a combination of online and on-campus courses.
The MPA degree is designed to give public administrators a broad-based education so they can pursue a wide range of opportunities in their chosen field within the public sector. This degree positions graduates to seek and succeed in leadership roles at all levels of local government, including city or county manager, program director, infrastructure management, and Council or Board leadership.
In a world where professionals are increasingly expected to make multiple job changes during their careers and work across the sectors, this degree is a very practical choice that integrates study of public administration and issues with non-profit and for-profit perspectives.
MPA students are required to complete these four sets of courses:
- Program Fundamentals: Fundamental concepts and skills that undergird the entire MPA program.
- Strategic Skills and Knowledge: Core competencies for all public and nonprofit professionals.
- Focus Areas: Public Administration courses, plus electives in specific areas of practice.
- Capstone: Final project and MPA program integration.
All MPA students must complete 40 graduate credits.
The MPA program curriculum is consistent with the guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Faculty Resident faculty members are primarily:
- Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
- Authors of applied and refereed publications
- Experienced in their academic fields.
Additionally, the MPA program has a strong community faculty fully committed to educational excellence in applied scholarship. All community faculty have either a master's or a doctorate in their area of instruction as well as professional expertise in their fields. Metropolitan State ensures the quality of its community faculty through a careful selection process, extensive training through our Center for Faculty Development, and regular student evaluations.
Graduates of the MPA program should be able to:
- Understand the historic, current, and evolving role of the public sector in shaping public policy, promoting civic negotiation, and advocating for the public good.
- Apply practical research methods and techniques in information management, economics, public and organizational policy, human resource management, and organizational analysis to support the decisions of public sector professionals.
- Understand the theories and best practices related to public service, including organizational behavior, strategic management, ethical leadership, and respectful engagement with diverse cultures.
- Interpret and apply methods of budgeting and control, revenue diversification, financial management, and performance evaluation to achieve financially sustainable and accountable public agencies.