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.
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:
- Nonprofit management and leadership
- State, regional, and local governance
- Policy analysis, advocacy, and evaluation
- Criminal justice
- Health administration
Why Study Public Administration at Grand Valley?
- Students engage with nationally and internationally recognized faculty, network with student organizations, alumni, and leaders in the field.
- The MPA degree serves both part-time and full-time students with
highly flexible and accessible courses offered during weekday
evenings as well as online.
- Students can participate in research opportunities that have local and regional impact.
- Students can transfer up to 12 credits of graduate course work from other programs.
- A variety of scholarships and graduate assistantships are
available to help make the degree more affordable.
- Professional internship opportunities are available and encouraged for pre-career students.