Mar 04, 2024  
2020-2021 General Catalog 

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in a way that is productive and effective in a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
  • Students will be able to solve problems using analytics, critical thinking, ethical thinking, and conceptualizing and applying best practices.
  • Students will be able to participate and contribute to the public fiscal and economic policy progress.
  • Students will be able to lead, manage, and apply effective public governance.
  • Students will be able to articulate and apply public service perspectives, norms, and legal skills.

Program Information

  • Graduate students must complete their program within six (6) years of matriculation.
  • All courses must be passed with a “B-” (2.7) or better to be counted in the program.
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to graduate. Students who do not meet the 3.0 requirement within two (2) semesters of coursework will be dismissed from the program.

Master of Public Administration Curriculum Summary (36 Credits)

Experiential Learning Courses (1-6 Credits)

All MPA students must complete either a professional project or a thesis. Additionally, pre-service MPA students must complete an MPA internship.


Students may substitute up to 6 credit hours completed in other SUU graduate programs, with prior permission of the MPA Director.

Total Credits, M.P.A. Degree: 36


Please note that some students may ultimately earn more credits than listed above for the master’s degree. If the capstone cannot be completed within one (1) semester, students must be enrolled continuously in PADM 6999 - Capstone Continuance  until completion.

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