​MPA graduates are leaders. They lead their communities and organizations on the basis of advanced skills with a dedication to democratic values and public service. In today's global society, such leadership takes many forms and occurs in a variety of settings. The mission of the MPA program is to provide practitioners and pre-service students enriching learning experiences that prepare and advance their intellectual growth, ensure effective and accountable decision-making as they lead, manage, and serve in the public sector, and increase the likelihood of successful public governance via respect for citizens and clients in a variety of public service settings, from government organizations to nonprofit agencies and international bodies. The CMU MPA program is offered face-to-face, online, and mixed methods/combined to cater to student needs.

The program offers flexibility and innovation in curriculum design to meet the diverse educational needs of part-time and full-time students, including evening, weekend, hybrid, and online courses designed to address current public service professional demands. Because careers in administration are varied and include the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, the curriculum is designed to develop advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration. Satisfactory completion of the program of study leads to the award of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

The M.P.A. degree consists of a minimum of 37 credit hours. For pre-service students, 3 credits will be internship credits. For this purpose pre-service is defined as a student having no prior service experience in the public sector prior to being admitted into the program.​

Want to find out information regarding the differences between the Master of Public Administration degree and the MSA program? Visit the MSA program website or contact an advisor.

Links to MPA Student Resources:​

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Thomas Greitens, Director
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Anspach Hall 246

Email Dr. Thomas Greitens or Email the MPA Program

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