Eastern Michigan University
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Why an MPA from EMU? Hear from our Alumni


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  • Explore Eastern Graduate Open House, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, EMU Student Center, 10AM-1PM
  • MPA Student/Alumni/Faculty Networking Event, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, Aubree's Northville, 5-6:30PM
  • MPA Student/Alumni/Faculty Networking Event, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, Aubree's Depot Town, 5-6:30PM

Master of Public Administration

Mission Statement

The mission of the MPA program at EMU is to prepare students for leadership roles and careers in public and nonprofit organizations.


About the MPA

The Master of Public Administration Program at Eastern Michigan University prepares students for leadership roles and careers in public and nonprofit organizations. Courses for the degree are classroom based, although some instructors opt to conduct some components of classes online through threaded discussions. The program does not currently offer any fully online courses. Courses are taught on the main campus in Ypsilanti and at the EMU Livonia Center at Six Mile Road and I-275. This program is offered in the Political Science Department, which is part of the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The minimum number of credit hours required to complete the degree is 39 (42 for pre-service students completing an internship). All students complete 24 credit hours of required courses and then select among electives in the department and across campus to meet the remaining requirements. The program requires 13 courses.

The program offers students three ways to customize their educational experience. Students can specialize in local government management or nonprofit administration or construct a set of electives that prepares them for whatever niche of public service is attractive to them. The program has established working relationships with many graduate programs on campus to give students the opportunity for interdisciplinary study.

Read the 2017-18 Graduate Catalog for the MPA program.

The MPA Handbook describes the program and addresses a number of frequently raised questions and concerns.

The MPA NASPAAprogram at EMU is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. For information on our accrediting body, go to naspaa.org.



For specific information regarding this program, please click on a link below.



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