The mission of the Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) is to develop both the general knowledge and specific abilities needed for professional careers in public service organizations. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in public management, urban and regional policy and planning, government, criminal justice, and healthcare administration.
CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES
The median annual wage for political scientists was $115,110 in May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $161,890. The annual mean wage in Michigan is $76,000-$88,560. M.P.A. graduates often hold the following job titles:
- City managers
- Community developers
- Department heads
- Financial managers
- Foreign service officers
- Program or agency directors
WHY STUDY PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AT GVSU?
- Accredited. The M.P.A. program has earned accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) since 1995.
- Grand Valley is actively involved with the community in professional service activities and applied research.
- Students receive personal attention by faculty in all courses in our student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
- The program meets the diverse educational needs of part-time and full-time students with a flexible, innovative curriculum design that includes evening and weekend courses, workshops, and Web-enhanced learning.
- The MPA is the most flexible graduate program at GVSU in terms of course scheduling. We offer MPA courses on the downtown Pew campus at night and on weekends, so they can accommodate most work schedules. We offer a growing number of classes in online and hybrid formats. We offer many popular courses in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. Students can attend part-time or full-time, adjusting their course loads to fit changing circumstances.
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Students study a variety of topics, including:
- Economic and community development
- Metropolitan politics and administration
- Nonprofit financial management
- Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
- Public budgeting
- Public policy analysis
- U.S. health administration
Visit the online catalog to see a full list of course requirements.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.
Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.