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: weekly classroom courses, web-enhanced courses in which students alternate meeting in the classroom and online, and courses offered totally online. You can choose the format you prefer including a mix of all three formats.
The 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.

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