Curriculum

The Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree program requires a minimum of 60 credits based on the following requirements.

The following curriculum requirements are for Spring 2015.

Core Curriculum (24 credits)

Economics (4 credits, select one)

Applied Social Science Research Methods (12 credits)

Required:

Select one:

Management and Leadership (4 credits, select one)

Development Paradigms, Discourses, Theories (4 credits, select one)

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.

Master in Public Administration (MPA) Required Curriculum (12-14 credits)

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

  • MPAG 8530: Finance Function (4)
  • MPAG 8535: Org Sustainability (4)
  • MBAG 8530: Survey of Acctng (3)

Applied Practice Workshops (4 credits)

Capstone (4-6 credits, select one)

  • DPMI 8650: DPMI+ 
  • IPSS 8675: Field Research
  • MPAG 8605: Capstone Rsrch
  • MPAG 8600: Adv. Soc. Change Lead
  • MPAG 8685 Adv Evaluation

Optional Concentration (12-14 credits)

Students have the option of participating in one of seven concentrations. Students must declare their concentration no later than the end of their first semester.  The list below shows the concentration areas and the courses associated with each concentration.

Program and Policy Evaluation and Research

  • DPMI 
  • MPAG 8508: Qual. Data Analysis Mashup
  • MPAG 8685: Advanced Evaluation 
  • IPSG 8565: network analysis 
  • IPSG 8610: Fieldwork and Reporting 
  • IPSG 8673: Adv. Data Analysis 
  • IPSG 8675: Adv. Topics in Policy Analysis 
  • MBAG 8693: Consulting Skills 
  • IPMG 8532: GIS 
  • IPSG 8610: Fieldwork and Reporting 
  • IPSG 9507: Qualitative Data Analysis Mash-up
  • MPAG 85XX: Process Consulting

Human Security

  • DPMI 8698A
  • DPMI 8698B
  • IPSG 8511: Intro to Conflict Resolution 
  • IPSG 8544: Intro to Human Security 
  • IPSG 8599: Human security policy 
  • IPSG 8679: Seminar in Conflict and Peacebuilding in a divided society 
  • IPSG 8630/8632: Seminar in Human Security 
  • IPSG 8658: Global Econ & Envi Governance 
  • IPSG 8650: Sem: Hum Rights Protection/Strat Practice 
  • MPAG 8550 Education and Development: Selected Topics
  • MPAG 8567 Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health
  • NPTG: Human Trafficking

Gender, Power, Identity

  • DPMI 8698A
  • DPMI 8698B
  • MPAG 8508: Power, Social Change, Organization 
  • MPAG 8518: Women’s Human Rights 
  • MPAG 8540: social sector needs assessment 
  • MPAG 8542: communicating social change 
  • MPAG 8550 Education and Development: Selected Topics
  • MPAG 8567 Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health
  • MPAG 8643: Seminar in Power and Idntity in a multi-cultural world 
  • MPAG 8618: Seminar in grassroots leadership development 
  • IPSG 8511: Intro to Conflict Resolution 
  • IPSG 8588: Water and Conflict 
  • IPSG 8578: Women & War 
  • IPSG 8545: Culture and Conflict

Migration

  • IPSG 8511: Intro Con Res 
  • IPSG 8544: Intro to Human Security 
  • IPSG 8560: Intro to Intl Migration 
  • IPSG 8588: Human Security Policy 
  • IPSG 8589: U.S. Migration Policy in 21st century 
  • IPSG 8628: Sem in Intl Migration 
  • IPSG 8640: Comparative Migration Analysis 
  • NPTG: Human Trafficking

Human Rights and Policy Advocacy

  • IPSG 8501: Global Politics 
  • IPSG 8522: Rethinking Human Rights 
  • IPSG 8650: Seminar in Human Rights Protection 
  • MPAG 8518: Women’s Human Rights
  • MPAG 8550 Education and Development: Selected Topics
  • MPAG 8567 Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health 
  • IPSG 8588: Water and Conflict 
  • IPSG 8658: Glob Econ & Envi Gov 
  • IPSG 8679: Conflict and peacebuilding in divided societies 
  • IPSG 8611: Sem: Arm Viol & Dev

Complexity and Systems Thinking

  • IPSG 8501: Global Politics 
  • MPAG 8567: Bhvr Change Strategies for Pub Health 
  • MPAG 8573: Public Sector & Social Innovation 
  • MPAG 8574: Systems Thinking 
  • MPAG 8535: Org. sustainability 
  • IPSG 8658: Glob Econ & Envi Gov 
  • MPAG 8685: Advanced Evaluation 
  • MBAG 8508: Power, Social Change, Organization 
  • MBAG 8641: Intro to Applied Complexity Theory

Social Change Organization Management and Leadership

  • DPMI 8698A
  • DPMI 8698B  
  • MPAG 8519: Mgng Public Orgs 
  • MPAG 8530: Finance Function 
  • MPAG 8535: Org sustainability 
  • MPAG 8547: Intl Organizations 
  • MPAG 8574: Proposal Writing 
  • MPAG 8578: Business Mdlg SCOs 
  • MPAG 8583: Starting Own SCO 
  • MPAG 8600: Adv. Social Change Leadership 
  • MBAG 8693: Consulting skills