Public Administration (M.P.A.)

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The M.P.A. curriculum is built around a solid core of skills and knowledge for all public service or non-profit professionals. A range of electives and specializations are offered to enhance your capacity to achieve your full potential in your current position and to prepare you for the next step in your professional career.

The M.P.A. curriculum gives you the flexibility of going to school full-time or fitting classes into your work schedule. Classes are offered in the early evenings, one evening per week, for 8 week or 16 week sessions. Required, advanced core and most electives are only offered at the Manchester campus; students can take elective courses at the Durham campus.

M.P.A. Degree Requirements

Master of public administration students must complete a minimum of 36 or 39 credits for the degree. Required courses include:

POLT 905Introduction to Statistical Analysis3
POLT 906Foundations and Theories of Public Administration (taken in either their first fall semester)3
POLT 909Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors3
POLT 908ACapstone in Public Administration 13-6
or POLT 908B Capstone in Public Administration
Select three of the following:9
Policy and Program Evaluation
Administrative Law
Leadership Theory and Practice
Legal and Policy-Making Environment on Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Public Management Techniques
Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Financial Management and Budgeting in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Non-Profit Management
Select five electives in public administration, political science, or related discipline with advisor's approval 215
Total Credits36-39

The capstone internship or project is the culmination of the student’s graduate work, applying academic knowledge with practical experience. Students without prior public or nonprofit sector professional experience are required to complete the 6­-credit internship component of the capstone.


Two of the five required electives will be waived for students who have successfully completed Level II of the New Hampshire Certified Public Manager Program.