The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a non business degree that offers an outstanding education for men and women seeking an exciting career in the public or non-profit sector. Students may enter the program from any undergraduate major. The M.P.A. is a highly marketable degree for entry into the fields of city management, urban planning, industrial recruitment, community development, non-profit administration, public budgeting, and financial management. The demand for trained public and non-profit managers has steadily increased, both in this region and beyond.The M.P.A. program builds on a long tradition of higher education in city management with a unique degree offering. Students who complete requirements for the city management concentration will receive the Master of City Management (M.C.M.) degree. This allows students who wish to pursue careers in city management to have a unique degree which is widely recognized throughout the region. Students choosing other concentration swill be awarded the M.P.A. degree. Synergies with the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)programs in the College of Business and Technology provide a wide range of instructional resources and the flexibility to take courses which span the boundaries between the public and private sectors. City Management Concentration: Designed for students who wish to pursue a degree in urban administration or local government administration. (12 hours) Students will receive M.C.M degree. Not-For-Profit Administration Concentration: Designed for students who wish to work in not-for-profit organizations. (12 hours) Planning and Development Concentration: Intended for students with a professional interest in urban planning, economic development, and community development. (12 hours) Public Financial Management Concentration: This concentration is intended for students interested in public budgeting and public finance. (12 hours)
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