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Public Administration, M.P.A.

The Master of Public Administration is the gold standard degree for careers in public service. The competency-based curriculum develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for leadership in community-based, public-facing organizations. Students engage with nationally and internationally recognized faculty, student organizations, alumni, and leaders in the field.

West Michigan Job Growth

Job opportunities in public administration are expected to grow 5% in West Michigan by 2025.

National Job Growth

Job opportunities in public administration are expected to grow 6% in the U.S. by 2025.

Professional Internship Opportunities Available

Students are encouraged to participate in professional internship opportunities.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

The MPA degree is a 39-credit hour program (plus an additional three credit hours of internship for pre-career students) that prepares students for leadership. Accredited by the prestigious Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), it is designed to complement the career goals and schedules of our students developing the capacities for ethical judgment, critical thinking, and the core competencies necessary to fulfill multiple roles as effective managers and public servants.

The MPA program offers the following concentrations:

Why Study Public Administration at Grand Valley?

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