Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management area of focus
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management is designed to enhance the careers of law enforcement and public sector professionals in order to affordably achieve management-, director- or executive-level positions.
Unlike most MPAs, A-State’s 100% online program allows you to focus on specifics of management within public administration and gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities. The MPA Public Management offers courses that focus on the skills required for effective public administration, from managing people and money to resources and programs.
All Arkansas State online courses are taught by committed and professional faculty members and combine real world experience and academic expertise.
Within the MPA core courses, you will focus on areas of learning, including:
- Developing dispositions, knowledge and skills for rigorous problem analysis and successful collaboration leading to comprehensive solutions
- Building communities and social infrastructures through the use of clear communication and ethical and effective management techniques
- Integrating theory and practice through authentic, performance-based field activities
Within the Public Management area of focus, you will:
- Examine administrative structures and patterns of behavior in public sector organizations
- Develop a theoretical and technical framework for understanding the fundamentals of policy analysis and evaluation and political processes
- Gain an understanding of administrative methods associated with governmental revenues, expenditures and fiscal control of public organizations
Created by working professionals seeking to give back to their community, the Arkansas State University MPA program is fully accredited through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. With the capstone option, internships are strongly encouraged for all pre-service students. Internships are normally undertaken after a student has completed 18 credit hours. Internships are open only to students with a grade point average of no less than 3.0.
*In order to complete in 18 months, two courses must be taken each start and must begin program in the first session of the semester.
Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credit hours, which includes co-requisite courses (as required), MPA courses (21 hours) and Public Management area of focus courses (15 hours) listed below.