Ethics and values, administrative theory and behavior, public policy, administrative law and policy implementation, public budgeting, financial management, human resource management, and analytic methods.
In addition to these core classes, MPA students at Portland State University choose a field of specialization based on their academic and professional interests. This is an excellent opportunity to work closely with faculty and instructors widely regarded as top academics and practitioners in the areas of Global Leadership and Management, Local Government, Human Resource Management, Natural Resources Policy and Administration, and Nonprofit Management. Internationally-inclined students also have the opportunity to pursue the Peace Corps Masters International: MPA with a Nonprofit Specialization.
How will it prepare me for the future?
Whether you are just entering the workforce or looking to take your career to the next step, the MPA will help you advance both personally and professionally. Our program focuses on integrating theory and practice to ensure that students emerge from this program with an education grounded in research and nourished through real-world experience. We prepare students beginning their careers to be competent and effective leaders in public affairs, and mid-career students to enhance their capacities as managers and leaders through the opportunities provided for reflection and integration of new knowledge. The core curriculum provides the skills and knowledge desired by employers today, while our specialization options allow you to hone your abilities in a 15-credit area focus of your choice.
Our Public Administration students engage in community learning experiences throughout their degree. Many courses pair students with public organizations to complete program evaluations, provide technical assistance, and otherwise analyze public administration in action. These students devote significant hours as part of class teams, engage in short-term internships, and/or work in organizations or public agencies through their culminating field-based organizational experience.
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- Leadership Development for Public Organizations
- Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations
- Strategic Planning
- Creating Collaborative Communities
- Organizational Development
- Sustainable Development Policy and Governance
- Policy Analysis Research
- Program Evaluation and Management
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- 24 months
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- Bachelor's degree with a from an accredited college, university or equivalent
- To be considered for regular admission, applicants are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent or a graduate GPA of 3.0.
- All students for whom English is not the first language must demonstrate language proficiency by a recent TOEFL score of 550. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a graduate degree at an English language based university.
- Applicants should also review admissions criteria established by the Office of Graduate Studies.
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International671 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
National671 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
In-State444 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 444 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.