Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Develop the knowledge, abilities and skills used in policy processes with the Master in Public Administration (MPA).

Deep Knowledge

  • An in-depth understanding and knowledge of policy processes and systems in a variety of contexts (e.g., organizational, national, and global)

Specific Abilities

  • Effectively lead individuals, teams, and Social Change Organizations (SCOs)
  • Efficiently manage projects, programs, and organizations
  • Generate and manage human, financial, informational and material resources
  • Develop organizational and individual capacity
  • Build networks and partnerships with diverse actors
  • Engage in productive collaboration
  • Assess or evaluate situations, problems, programs, projects, organizations and partnerships
  • Translate mission into well conceived, highly effective projects and programs
  • Communicate and negotiate effectively with diverse, multicultural stakeholder groups
  • Apply theory to practice and use practice to inform theory

General Skills

  • Systemic planning
  • Research, using primary and secondary sources
  • Data generation and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Critical self-reflection
  • Facilitation of groups (through the use of empowering processes)
  • Policy analysis
  • Evidence-based, participatory decision making