The Master of Public Administration degree program at the University of Southern Indiana consists of 21 credit hours of required coursework and 15 hours of of coursework in a specialization area, for a total of 36 credit hours to degree completion.
Required coursework includes:
Students may choose a specialization in either public sector administration or nonprofit administration.
Students choosing to complete a thesis will substitute the capstone seminar with an additional three-hour elective from their chosen specialization area.
Submission requirements for theses and capstone projects are available in the Graduate Studies office.
All students are required to complete a comprehensive examination as a requirement for graduation from the program administered by the MPA Examination Committee, which will consist of the MPA faculty. The comprehensive examination covers the basic mastering of universal required competencies in the field of public administration that make up the core curriculum of the MPA program, along with a mastery of the competencies of either the public sector or non-profit administration specializations.
The Master of Public Administration program also offers a dual degree option with the Master of Social Work.
A complete list of required courses and their descriptions can be viewed on the Political Science and Public Administration Department website.
The goals of the Master of Public Administration Program are to: