Public Administration at Ship

Well-trained public administrators are needed today at all levels of government. Fiscal constraints and public demands for responsive government make effective management a necessity. MPA graduates hold policy-making positions with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national and state government. Graduates of Shippensburg University’s master’s program in Public Administration use their managerial skills working for local government, not-for-profit agencies and in the private sector.

The MPA program at Shippensburg University is designed to prepare students in general public management theory, techniques, and skills. The curriculum emphasizes broad-based analytical and managerial courses. Graduates of the program will be capable of assuming a broad range of positions in public service.

The MPA program offers courses at two convenient locations, our main campus in Shippensburg and at Dixon University Center on Front Street in Harrisburg.

MPA courses are taught by full-time faculty who hold PhD degrees. Occasionally, we invite practitioners to teach elective courses and share their valuable professional experiences.

Program courses are offered in 8-week sessions. This format allows you to complete the program in as little as 18 months.

To apply to the MPA program you should follow the step-by-step directions below. For a detailed explanation of the requirements please consult the Graduate Admissions Requirements page.

Provide a current resume through the Ship Admissions portal.

The MPA degree requires students to complete 36 credit hours. Each student’s program includes six core courses, four elective courses, and a six credit-hour internship. Students who have full-time managerial employment in a relevant profession may apply for an internship waiver when applying to the MPA program. Students obtaining a waiver for the six credit-hour internship are required to choose a three credit-hour experiential skills course for a total of 33 credit hours.

MPA students should register for PLS501 Organizational Theory and Behavior during their first semester. PLS605 Capstone Seminar: Applied Public Management should be taken during students’ final semester.

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

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