Master's in Public Administration (MPA)
Gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect with a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) degree.
Sound leadership and management are vital to organizational and governmental effectiveness. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government puts you on a path toward senior-level positions in organizations that implement and manage public policies. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, along with the tools to enhance your communication, budgeting, and analytic skills. As a graduate of one of the largest MPA programs in the country, you will join thousands of Schar School alumni working in various roles in local, state, and national government, nonprofit management, and many other careers.
A TOP-RANKED MPA PROGRAM
The Schar School's Master of Public Administration program is No. 22 in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the ShanghaiRanking. It is No. 11 among U.S. colleges, and No. 1 in the Washington D.C. region. Some 200 programs around the globe were studied for the ranking.
The MPA program is also accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), recognizing the quality and rigor of the degree.
The curriculum requirements of the MPA program include eight required courses and four elective courses. As a student in the MPA program, you can tailor your degree to your interests with one of the following concentrations (or you may design your own concentration, with approval from your Schar School advisor):
- Administration of Justice
- Emergency Management and Homeland Security
- Environmental Science and Public Policy
- Human Resource Management
- International Management
- Nonprofit Management
- Public Management
- Public and Nonprofit Finance
- Policy Studies
- State and Local Government
- Third Party Governance
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To learn more about the differences between the MPA and MPP degrees, click here.