College of Professional Studies

Graduate Programs

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an integrated course of study designed to enhance the administrative and evaluative skills of managerial practitioners with substantial professional experience in our service area and to advance the Department’s commitment to public service and regional responsiveness. The MPA is designed to produce graduates who are committed to public service and have the theoretical foundations and skill sets that will enhance contributions to their organizations and agencies. The MPA will provide students with critical managerial, analytic, and leadership skills.

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About the Program

Graduates of the Masters of Public Administration learn the skills and understanding to seek out leadership roles within governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, health care administration, and other related public sector professions. Through this program, our students gain the necessary tools for success through thorough research, examination, and application of organizational, political, healthcare-related, and not for profit policies and practices.

Department of Public Policy majors who excel academically will be invited to join Pi Alpha Alpha, the global honor society for public affairs and administration.  Inductees will be recognized at the department’s annual spring recognition event.  Learn more about this honor at  

Beginning Fall of 2018, applications to this program will need to be submitted via the Purdue Application Portal