Core Requirements

The core requirements of the MPA degree form a balanced foundation of courses with three areas of focus: policy analysis, public management, and public context. Through these courses, students acquire:

  1. concrete skills and knowledge in policy analysis that will assist our students with developing an analytical framework and skills with which to better analyze public policies/processes to determine the best solutions for improvement,
  2. skills and knowledge in program management preparing them to implement programs and put into practice the solutions defined as best through careful analysis, and
  3. an understanding of the public sector and institutional context.

All programs designed to meet larger public policy and 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 leadership and managerial positions across sectors, both domestically and internationally.

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

More information on the MPA degree requirements can be found in Syracuse University's Graduate Course Catalog