The Hamline University Master of Public Administration (MPA) gives working professionals the practical knowledge, tools, and skills they need to manage effectively and to meet the complex fiscal and economic challenges of the government and public service sectors.
The MPA is available at the Hamline University Saint Paul campus and West Metro location. The flexible model is offered in St. Paul and the online hybrid model is offered in Minneapolis.
All students in the MPA program are required to complete 48 academic credits. This includes eight required core courses, three elective courses, and the Capstone.
NOTE: Requirements for the online hybrid MPA programs are slightly different. Students are required to take 12 set courses.
The MPA program begins with a leadership course and then a foundations course, which provides students with a sound foundation in the history, theory, and management standards of the government and nonprofit sectors. Other courses (required and elective) provide working professionals with a base of knowledge in a variety of subjects, each necessary to build effective management skills. Ethics is incorporated across the curriculum. Students completing the MPA program should expect to meet the following learning objectives:
- Students will demonstrate effective critical reasoning and analytic skills.
- Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication strategies.
- Students will demonstrate successful leadership strategies.
- Students will apply public administration concepts to analysis of problems/issues