Public Administration, M.P.A.

Shippensburg University’s Master of Public Administration program is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). This program offers flexibility through: Courses offered at two locations (Shippensburg University campus, Dixon University Center in Harrisburg), courses offered in 8-week sessions (complete the program in as little as 18 months), online course offerings (5 weeks in winter, 6 weeks in summer).

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What Will I Learn?

Core courses prepare you in general public management theory, techniques and skills. Additionally, there are a number of elective options that you may select based on your professional needs and interests.

Students also apply concepts and skills through internships.

Research opportunities also provide excellent hands-on experience.

What are the requirements for this degree?

This degree requires 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.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

Students applying for the MPA program should have a 2.75 GPA with relevant coursework or professional experience. Applicants who do not meet minimum requirements may be required to take an introductory course.

To apply for the program, you should review the Graduate Admissions requirements. You will need to provide a current resume through the Ship Admissions portal.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Our graduates work in:

  • Policy-making positions with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal and state government
  • Local government
  • Not-for-profit agencies
  • The private sector

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

You may choose to pursue involvement with professional organizations. Central Pennsylvania has an active chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the professional association. ASPA regularly hosts educational and networking events in the Harrisburg area, and MPA students often become chapter members, board members or officers. MPA students are leaders in the Public Administration Student Association, the campus professional development organization. Shippensburg University's Pi Alpha Alpha, the public administration academic honor society, is a NASPAA National Chapter of Excellence Award winner.