Curriculum

The MPA degree program requires a minimum of 60 credits based on the following requirements.

Dr. Beryl Levinger leads a discussion in her Advanced NGO Management course.

Core Curriculum (16 credits)

Language and Intercultural Competency (12 credits)

Language and Intercultural Studies program courses are offered in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Additional languages are offered upon request. Through the Institute’s renowned content-based instruction, students combine advanced-level language skills development with topics related to their graduate coursework/professional interests. Our Intercultural Competency offerings provide students the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global career opportunities.

Students can choose to complete the 12-credit Language and Intercultural Competency (ICC) component by taking 8-12 credits of language courses in a single language, and up to 4 credits of ICC coursework.  Students need to meet the minimum proficiency requirement in the language (200-level for Spanish and Arabic, 300-level for all other languages), demonstrated by taking a placement test.

    MPA Required Curriculum (19-22 credits)

    Management (4 credits, select one)

    Finance and Administration (3 or 4 credits, select one)

    Evaluation (4 credits, select one)

    Capstone (4-6 credits, select one)

    The following courses and practica experiences will fulfill your capstone requirement:

    MPA-approved Workshops or Short Courses (4 credits)

    Electives (14-17 credits)

    The remainder of the credits will be selected by you from a wide range of courses allowing you to specialize in one of these areas:

    • Leading mission-driven organizations
    • Managing and generating human, financial and material resources
    • Practicing good governance
    • Creating policy environments conducive to sustainable social change
    • Using qualitative and quantitative information to design solution strategies to critical problems
    • Evaluating programs, projects and initiatives
    • Developing organizational and individual capacity
    • Building networks and partnerships with diverse actors