Curriculum

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

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

The following curriculum requirements are good for Fall 2014, and will be updated for Spring 2015.

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