Public AdministrationMaster of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree trains you for public service careers. We’ll help you develop the modern analytic and quantitative tools you’ll need to analyze and make decisions about the complex problems of government and nonprofit organizations.

Increase your know how

Designed for both new graduates and those already employed in the public sector seeking advancement, the MPA program in the Department of Public Management provides students with the opportunity to increase knowledge and gain the skills necessary to take on challenging assignments in budgeting, planning, public policy formulation, public finance, public personnel administration, and collective bargaining. The interdisciplinary program offers fourteen courses — nine required courses and five elective or concentration courses. You may also elect to take courses in management, criminal justice, fire science, psychology, economics, and more.

The MPA program is designed to provide exceptional flexibility for our students:

Christy Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith previously served as a policy and budget analyst in the Executive Office of the Governor under Florida Governor Jeb Bush and in the Florida House of Representatives under Speakers Marco Rubio and Larry Cretul. She also worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families as a budget analyst and as a unit manager in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health program office. She earned her M.P.A. and her Ph.D. in public financial management from Florida State University.

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  • Classes in the regular, main campus schedule meet on weeknights to accommodate working students. The regular graduate schedule follows a fifteen-week semester format. Online and weekend classes are available.
  • Students can choose from four concentrations: municipal management, public finance and fiscal analytics, public safety, and nonprofit management.
  • A special cohort delivery option for the program is available at our New London campus for busy working professionals who want to complete a master’s degree quickly without sacrificing quality. The cohort also meets on Saturday.
Online Program:

The fully online M.S. in public administration is designed specifically for working professionals who are ready to be a leader in a government or nonprofit agency. The program teaches critical skills in budgeting, planning, policy formulation, public finance, personnel administration, collective bargaining, and more. All classes are 100 percent online, and your course requirements can be reduced by three credit hours if you have two or more years of qualified public administration experience.

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From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Pi Alpha Alpha - University of New Haven Chapter

Pi Alpha Alpha® is the global honor society for public affairs and public administration scholars. The purpose of Pi Alpha Alpha is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in the fields of public affairs and public administration. There are more than 160 chapters located around the world at colleges and universities that are part of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This honor society is open to undergraduate students with a 3.7 GPA after completing 15 hours towards their major in public administration or public policy and graduate students who have earned a 3.7 GPA after completing 18 hours towards their MPA degree.

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