Public Administration, M.P.A.

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Public Administration, M.P.A.
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The Master’s Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) at Marshall University in West Virginia prepares graduate students to competently lead and manage government and non-profit agencies. Our interdisciplinary curriculum strengthens students’ capacity for understanding the socioeconomic environments and geopolitical dimensions in which governments and non-profits work to meet societal needs, emphasizing the value of ethics, transparency and professional service in public administration.

Why study Public Administration at Marshall?

Government affects all of us whether we work in the public or the private sector. But because human beings do the work, we are always in need of highly-trained and educated public servants.

The interdisciplinary nature of the M.P.A. degree program at Marshall University allows our students to take courses in a variety of disciplines–political science, management, leadership studies, economics, sociology, geography, finance, and more–and apply these skills to a career in public policy. For those students looking to specialize, we offer concentrations in administration policy, non-profit management and urban governance.

The selection of a concentration allows you to tailor your education to best meet your goals and build upon the essential foundation established by our core curriculum.

General Administration Policy provides a grounding in public administration theory and practice.
Non-Profit Management prepares students to understand fundraising, grant writing, the relationships between boards of directors and their executives, and many other facets critical to the effective management of non-profit organizations.
Urban Governance is the perfect concentration for students destined for careers in city management, urban planning or economic development.

Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia, is accredited as an institution of higher learning by The Higher Learning Commission.

Career Outlook for Public Administration Majors

The M.P.A. degree prepares our graduates for a wide range of careers in leadership and public service. Our graduates hold positions in state, local, and national government agencies; public health, non-profit organizations; campaigns and urban administration.

Common careers for public administration graduates include:

Director of Administration
Director of Development
Government Offices
Policy Expert
Professor of Public Administration
Public Administration Consultant
Research Analyst
International Aid Worker

Opportunities for Public Administration Majors

Hands-on Research in Public Administration

Student persuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Marshall present their research at the Lewis College of Business Biannual Graduate Research Symposium as well as various local and national research events.

The Practicum Experience

Our master of public administration students are required to complete 270 hours of practicum experience with a government or nonprofit agency. The practicum experience serves to help students translate skills learned on-campus into an actual workplace setting.

Many students arrange to complete the practicum requirement with current employers. Our M.P.A. director works closely with students to find a practicum that will best suit their needs. We have helped place students in a wide range of positions including:

US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office
West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy
West Virginia Legislature
City of Huntington – City Manager’s Office
City of Huntington – Planning Office

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