Public Administration, MPA

As an ever-globalizing society, Shippensburg University’s Master of Public Administration is there to be an influential leader in knowledge and practice. We understand that you juggle various responsibilities in different areas of your life. This program offers flexibility through: courses offered at two locations (Shippensburg University campus, Central Penn 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). By fully embracing a wide range of student identities, abilities, and aspirations, we elevate the value of diversity for future leaders.

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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 Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

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.

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


Public Administration, M.P.A. Degree Plan

Full-Time (36 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Second Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Planning Notes for all students:

  1. 36 total credits required
  2. All students must take all the the required core courses: PLS 503, PLS 502, PLS 603, PLS 501, PLS 605, PLS 603
  3. The remaining 4 courses (18 credits) are electives. See program for list of electives: Public Administration, M.P.A.  
  4. Students can being in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.