About this program
Metropolitan State University's Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) program prepares you for the widest range of career opportunities in the public and nonprofit sectors. The state-of-the-art curriculum addresses the most critical challenges that public and nonprofit professionals face. The MPNA 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 MPNA program will:
- Deliver a broadly based professional degree that prepares you for the widest range of career opportunities in the public and nonprofit sectors.
- Provide you with a practical education that equips you to solve the most pressing problems in new and creative ways.
- Prepare you to provide ethical leadership within your organization and in the public arena.
- Allow you to learn in an environment that is enriched by a highly diverse student body and outstanding practitioner-scholars.
- Prepare you for work and careers that increasingly cross organizational and sector boundaries.
- Offer you the choice to complete your degree completely on campus, completely online, or in a combination of online and on-campus courses.
The MPNA degree offers maximum flexibility in designing your studies to match your interests in public administration, nonprofit management or a mix of both. Students begin by studying program fundamentals, then select courses in the public or nonprofit focus areas, supported by a set of strategic skills courses, electives and a capstone seminar that all students complete.
MPNA students are required to complete these four sets of courses:
- Program fundamentals: Fundamental concepts and skills that undergird the entire MPNA program include:
- Strategic Skills and Knowledge: Core competencies for all public and nonprofit professionals.
- Focus Areas: Public Administration or Nonprofit Management tracks, plus electives in specific areas of practice.
- Capstone seminar: Final project and MPNA program integration.
All MPNA students must complete 40 graduate credits.
The MPNA program curriculum is consistent with the guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
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 MPNA 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 MPNA program should be able to:
- Understand the historic, current, and evolving role of the public and nonprofit sectors 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 and nonprofit 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 and nonprofit organizations.