College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Master of Public Administration


The Master of Public Administration Program began in 1969 and has been accredited by the Washington D.C. based, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration since 1996:

For the most recent information regarding our program, requirements, and faculty teaching in the program, please refer to the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at


The mission of the Master of Public Administration Program is to develop and enhance the theoretical understanding, knowledge and skills of current and future managers in public service with particular emphasis on the North State region.

Goals & Objectives

  • Educate students to assume leadership positions in public, nonprofit and health care organizations and face the changing political and social environments and challenges of the 21st
    1. Develop ethical and well-informed administrators and citizens who contribute to the advancement of public service and
    2. Bring the best practices of the field of public administration into their careers and their
    3. Serve a diverse student body of full-time, part-time, pre-service, and in-service students including women, minorities, international and disabled
  • Advance the state of knowledge in the field of public administration through scholarly and applied research and service to the
    1. Seek out and recruit a diverse faculty and promote an environment in which faculty may improve the quality of their teaching, scholarship, and professional
    2. Encourage faculty to maintain currency in the field, foster student involvement in the field, and integrate academic and practitioner experience through both theory and

Learning Outcomes

  • Students apply academic theory to practice, including to the development of ethical skills associated with public administration.
  • Students apply analytical and research skills to the study of public organizations and policy.
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in communicating ideas and perspectives about public administration matters.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the roles of relevant actors in the policy process.
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in communicating knowledge, awareness, appreciation, or sensitivity of differences associated with race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, language, and/or socioeconomic status within the field of public administration.