Jun 27, 2022  
2021-2022 General Catalog [Current] 
2021-2022 General Catalog [Current]

Master of Public Administration - State and Local Government Emphasis (M.P.A.)

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.
  • Students will be able to identify and apply relevant legal issues and regulations for state and local governments.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate ability to manage state and local government resources and programs in an effective and ethical manner.
  • Students will be able to communicate and coordinate between different levels of government, the private sector, and the general public.

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 will be subject to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) Probation Policy.
  • Students may substitute up to 12 credit hours completed in other SUU graduate programs or as transfer credits from graduate programs at other accredited institutions, with prior permission of the MPA Director.

Public Administration - State and Local Government Curriculum (36 Credits)

Experiential Learning Courses (6 Credits)

All MPA students must complete six (6) credit hours of experiential learning courses. Pre-service MPA students must complete an MPA internship (internship may be substituted for an in-field project with prior permission of the MPA Director). Pre-service students are defined as those having less than one (1) year of full-time equivalent work experience in the public sector. Non-resident students must be in-service professionals and exempt from the MPA Internship.

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.