The Master of Public Administration curriculum is designed to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in public management, urban/regional policy and planning, nonprofit management and leadership, criminal justice, and health administration, and to transcend traditional boundaries in the pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities.
Versatile: Choose from concentrations in public management, urban and regional policy and planning, health administration, nonprofit management and leadership, and criminal justice.
Convenient: Courses are offered at the Richard M. DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
Flexible: Available to full- or part-time students. Many classes are offered at times to accommodate working professionals, including evening and weekend courses and workshops, and Internet-enhanced learning.
The MPA degree consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours of coursework. Pre-career students must take three credit hours of internship in addition to the 39 required hours of coursework for a total of 42 credit hours. Students must meet with an advisor upon entry into the program to develop a program of study.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), an institutional membership organization that exists to promote excellence in public service education.