Master of Public Administration (MPA)
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to enhance the careers of law enforcement, public sector and non-profit professionals in order to achieve management-, director- or executive-level positions within their chosen fields. The degree offers courses that focus on the skills required for effective public management, from managing people, money, resources and programs to safeguarding the public interest and addressing environmental and social concerns.
Arkansas State University's MPA program was specifically tailored for those who want to make a difference in their communities to develop the skills needed to address the complex and shifting dynamics of local and state government. All courses are taught by committed and professional faculty members and combine real world experience and academic expertise.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that state and local entities (except education and health) will boost their managerial, business and financial staffs by 10.2 percent through 2018. Be ready to be part of that increase!
Within the MPA, students 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
Created by working professionals seeking to give back to their community, the Arkansas State University MPA program is fully accredited through the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administrations (NASPAA).
Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 18 months.
*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.