Public Administration, MPA
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. The program seeks to equip its students with skills in policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, and written and verbal communications. Students have an opportunity to develop competencies in budgeting and human resources, organizational management and leadership, and the interplay between ethics and accountability in a diverse society. Throughout the degree program, students gain career-oriented experience through internships, small group projects, and other interactions with professionals in the field. These experiences are designed to enable the Northeastern MPA graduate to move into a wide array of public and nonprofit sector positions at the local, state, national, and international levels.
The mission of the MPA program at Northeastern University is to serve the needs of the public affairs community, including students, working professionals, faculty, and researchers, by providing a practice-oriented and research-based graduate educational experience. The faculty pledges the best instruction available in a set of courses designed to integrate theoretical foundations with practical skills. The MPA program will prepare students to be effective in a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional environment. We also commit ourselves to assisting students in every possible way to secure internships, postgraduate employment, and overall career advancement. Students, in turn, are expected to meet high levels of academic excellence combined with ethical and professional integrity. Committed to the ideals of public service and advancing the public interest, we seek students who share the same enthusiasm.
Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose GPA falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|LPSC 7305||Research and Statistical Methods||3|
|or POLS 7202||Quantitative Techniques|
|PPUA 6506||Techniques of Policy Analysis||3|
|PPUA 6502||Economic Institutions and Analysis||3|
|Administration and Management|
|PPUA 6500||Principles of Public Administration||3|
|PPUA 6503||Public Personnel Administration||3|
|PPUA 6504||Organizational Theory and Management||3|
|PPUA 6505||Public Budgeting and Financial Management||3|
|PPUA 6507||Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager||3|
|PPUA 7673||Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs||3|
An approved internship or waiver is required.
|Complete 15 semester hours from the Course List.||15|
Internship Completed for Course Credit
|PPUA 6407||Internship in Public Policy and Urban Affairs||3|
|Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.||12|
|LPSC 5000 to LPSC 7999|
|PPUA 5000 to PPU 7999|
|CRIM 5000 to CRIM 7999 (by advisement only)|
|ECON 5000 to ECON 7999 (by advisement only)|
|ENGL 5000 to ENGL 7999 (by advisement only)|
|HIST 5000 to HIST 7999 (by advisement only)|
|POLS 5000 to POLS 7999 (by advisement only)|
|SOCL 5000 to SOCL 7999 (by advisement only)|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
42 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA in the core courses and overall required