• Program Details

    The Hamline University Master in 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 their sector.

    The Master in Public Administration (MPA) is available at the Hamline University Saint Paul and Minneapolis campuses. The flexible model is offered in St. Paul and the online hybrid model is offered in Minneapolis.

    All students in the Master in Public Administration (MPA) program are required to complete forty-eight academic credits. This includes eight required core courses, three elective courses, one final course (either Capstone Skills Development or Master’s Thesis). For some students, an internship with a government entity is also a program requirement.

    NOTE: Requirements for the online hybrid Master in Public Administration (MPA) programs are slightly different. Students are required to take 12 set courses.

    The Master in Public Administration (MPA) program begins with a foundations course, which provides students with a sound foundation in the history, theory, and management standards of the government sector. 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.

    Degree Requirements

    8 Required Core Courses (32 Credits)

    • GPA 8000 - Foundations in Public Administration
    • GPA 8010 - Professional Ethics
    • GPA 8020 - Organizational Theory and Behavior
    • GPA 8030 - Public Fiscal Management
    • GPA 8040 - Public Policy Analysis
    • GPA 8050 - Human Resource Management for Government
    • GPA 8061 - Administrative Law
    • GPA 8070 - Research Methods

    3 Elective Courses (12 Credits)

    Three elective courses must be chosen from among the School of Business graduate level courses.

    1 Final Course (4 Credits) Choose From:

    • GPA 8490 - Capstone Skills Development for Government
    • GPA 8495 - Master's Thesis

    Additional Requirements

    • Completion of an economics course prior to taking Public Fiscal Management (GPA 8030) for students with no economics background.
    • An internship (GPA 8494), for students with limited public sector experience.

    Time Limit

    Generally, it will take students 2-3 years to complete the traditional MPA program; however, 7 years is the allowed maximum.

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