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 ten 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. While a few electives are offered online, the entire curriculum can be completed in a traditional classroom setting.
Students choose a track in either public management, nonprofit management, or public policy analysis, and are encouraged to select an elective concentration in one of the following areas: analytical methods; cybersecurity; education policy and management; energy, environment, and technology policy and management; health policy and management; international nongovernmental organizations; security policy and management; state and local policy and management; or they may design an individualized concentration in conjunction with their advisor.