The core requirements of the MPA program (25 credits) are balanced along three lines: policy analysis, public management, and public context. They form a balanced foundation of courses designed to provide each student with:
- concrete skills/knowledge in policy analysis. This will assist our students with developing an analytical framework and skills with which to better analyze public policies/processes; and to determine the best solutions for improvement,
- skills/knowledge in the area of program management so that students can implement programs and put into practice the solutions defined as best through careful analysis, and
- an understanding of the public sector and institutional context. All programs designed to meet larger public policy/management goals must occur in a public (organizational/economic/societal/political) context -- and an understanding of the dynamics at work in these settings is critical for successful implementation.
These core skill sets prepare our graduates for a variety of positions in the public sector and assist our graduates for professional careers that have both domestic and international dimensions. While PA from its roots had a very domestic emphasis – that is simply not the case any longer and good management and policy skill sets are necessary in all arenas of public service.
Maxwell MPA Program Core Courses:
- Public Affairs Colloquium
- Public Budgeting
- Public Administration and Democracy
- Public Organizations and Management
- Economics for Public Decisions
- Introduction to Statistics
- Quantitative Analysis
- MPA Workshop
- Executive Leadership and Policy Politics