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Master in Public Administration

The Portland State University Master of Public Administration (MPA) focuses on preparing students for administrative positions in governmental and nonprofit organizations. An Master in Public Administration is a flexible degree that allows you to choose from a variety of options once you graduate.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

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.


Courses Included

  • 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