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Master of Public Administration

Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration Program at Eastern Michigan University offers a professional degree grounded in applied social sciences that prepares students for leadership roles and careers in public and nonprofit organizations by providing the knowledge and tools to address complex and diverse public service needs.

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. 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. Students who take a full-time course load (typically 3 courses per semester) can finish the program in 2 years (including the summer term). Most of our students take on a part-time course load (1-2 courses per semester) and can finish in 3-5 years.

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 2018-19 Graduate Catalog for the MPA program.

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

In Fall 2017, 52 students enrolled in the MPA program.

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.


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