Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a four-semester, 60-credit program. The core course work prepares graduates to be effective leaders and managers in international development and social change organizations. Students can choose one of seven optional specializations.

Duration Start Dates Accelerated Programs
Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency Program Chair
Two years, full time August or January Two or three Semesters 60 Practicum required Required Beryl Levinger, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

The core interdisciplinary course work and integrated professional experiences will prepare you to launch a career in public administration and international development. View the degree requirements below:

1. Economics Core

Credits that provide a fundamental understanding of international economics. Sample courses include:

  • Currencies, Capital Flows, and Financial Crises
  • International Trade: Policy and Practice
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

2. Applied Social Science Research Methods Core

Credits that focus on social science research. Sample courses include:

Introduction to Policy and Data Analysis (required) AND one of the following:

  • Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • Leading Capacity Development
  • Fieldwork and Reporting
  • Field Methods

3. Management and Leadership Core

Credits that focus on management of nonprofit or governmental organizations. Sample courses include:

  • Leading Social Change Organizations
  • Organizational Sustainability
  • Starting Your Own SCO

4. Finance and Administration Core

Credits that build competency in organizational administration. Sample courses include:

  • Finance Fundamentals of Nonprofit and Social Change Organizations
  • Organizational Sustainability for Social Change Organizations
  • Survey of Accounting

5. Development Paradigms, Discourses, and Theories Core

Credits that focus on development, practice, and policy. Sample courses include:

  • Politics of Development
  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution
  • Development, Theory, and Practice
  • Power, Social Change, and Organizations

6. Language and Intercultural Competency Core

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competency offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses include:

  • Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)
  • Citizenship, Security, and Development in Latin America (in Spanish)
  • Challenges in Peace Building—Congo (in French)
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

7. Electives

Electives by advisement build on your expertise in domains that will benefit your career.

8. Professional Practicum

Put theory into practice through a semester-long practicum in the field or through a capstone research course. Sample capstone courses include:

Optional Specializations

Students can choose one of the following seven optional specializations:

  • Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security
  • Global Poverty and Inequality
  • Human Rights, Gender, and Identity
  • Conflict Resolution and Social Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design
  • Financial Crime Management
  • Intercultural Competence

Internships/Study Abroad

We believe that gaining professional development experience during the course of your academic program is essential. Our students enjoy unique opportunities to build their resumes, expand their connections, and advance their international careers through our innovative real-world learning experiences.

Program Options

In addition to the four-semester MPA program, you can also choose from the following options:

  • Joint MPA/MA International Education Management
    Earn two degrees in five semesters: a Master of Public Administration and a Master’s in International Education Management. This program features four semesters of course work and a one-semester professional practicum in the international education development field. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to education within the international development context. You will gain practical skills and tools while building in-depth management competencies for educational settings of all types.
  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply.
  • Accelerated (three-semesters) and Advanced (two-semesters) Degrees
    Students with relevant master’s degrees may be eligible for the accelerated-entry option for the MPA degree, allowing students to complete their degrees in three full-time semesters. Students with significant prior relevant professional experiences (more than seven years) and relevant master’s degrees may be eligible for an advanced-entry option for the MPA degree. Advanced-entry students can complete their degrees in two full-time semesters. Students can request that their applications be reviewed for either accelerated or advanced entry in the online application.

Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Applied Social Science Research Methods 4
Economics 4
Development Paradigms, Discourses, Theories 4
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 16 Credits
Management and Leadership 4
Seminar/Applied Practice Workshops 4
Electives/Specializations Courses 4
Language Studies 4
Fall 2 16 Credits
Seminar: Program Evaluation 4
Finance and Administration 4
Applied Practice Workshops 2
Electives/Specializations Courses 2
Language/Intercultural Competency 4
Spring 2 12 Credits
Practicum 6
Electives/specialization Courses 6
TOTAL 60

*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.