Coordinator: Cynthia Conrad, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Chair - Department of Public Management
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Arlington.

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.

Designed for both new graduates and those already employed in the public sector seeking advancement, the M.P.A. 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 — covering topics in city management, personnel and labor relations, and community clinical services, among others. You may also elect to take courses in management, criminal justice, fire science, psychology, economics, and more. 

The M.P.A. program is designed to provide exceptional flexibility for our students:

  • Classes in the regular, main campus schedule meet on weeknights to accommodate working students. The regular graduate schedule follows a fifteen week semester format of the University. Online and weekend classes are available.
  • Students can choose from concentrations in city management, community clinical services, and health care 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.
  • Certificate Programs

  • Public Administration — Designed to prepare students for successful managerial positions in the public sector.

Related Programs

If you are interested in MPA, you may also want to find out more about our MBA/MPA, Flexible MBA, and Full-Time MBA programs.