Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

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