Within the semester, classes are divided into seminars called Dimensions of Learning, Action and Assessment. They are: Purpose, Values and Ethics, Self and Others, Systems, and Skills. These represent the five dimensions of holistic, empowering performance. Students explore the theoretical background behind each seminar, which will help them master the Purpose for that semester. As a whole, the seminars are designed to help the students:

  • Integrate theoretical material from the other four dimension classes.
  • Plan and carry out an effective innovation or pilot program at the work site.
  • Document their action and achievement in writing.
  • Assess the results and perform strategic planning for the future.

The three Purposes of the MPA are interrelated and lead to the completion of a Constructive Action (typically a thesis in more theoretical programs). An extensive research component is integrated into each semester’s requirements. Graduate students are awarded the MPA upon the successful completion of 45 credits (15 credits per semester) and a grade point average of a 3.0.

Constructive Action Credits Purpose 1 Purpose 2 Purpose 3
Field 1 Field Activity Field Activity Field Activity
Document 2 Research Implementation and Documentation Program Implementation and Documentation Program Evaluation and Recommendations
Purpose 2 Identifying Opportunities for Organizational Change Initiating and Managing Organizational Change Long Range Planning for Organizational Improvement
Self and Others
2 Organizational Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations Human Resource Management Intergovernmental Relations
Skills 1 2 Research Methods I Research Methods II Strategic Planning and Proposal Writing
Skills 2 2 Computer-based Applications for Public Managers Budgeting and Financial Management Program Evaluation
Systems 2 Introduction to Public Administration Non-profit Governance, Management and Marketing Public Economics
Values and Ethics
2 Public Policy Administrative Ethics Politics and Policy