The Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) degree is a 2-year program requiring 48 credit hours of course work. Students without substantial professional experience must complete a non-credit-bearing internship in the summer between their first and second years. The curriculum consists of a common core of 7 required courses that provide students with general knowledge and analytical skills in management, leadership, policy analysis, and research methods. This experience culminates in the second year with a Capstone project in which students can apply their general knowledge to a "real world" problem.
Students choose a track in either public management (PM) or public policy analysis (PPA) and are encouraged to select an elective concentration in one of the following areas: nonprofit management; energy, environment, and technology policy and management; state and local policy and management; security policy and management; and health policy and management.