Public Administration (M.P.A.)

https://carsey.unh.edu/master-public-administration

The Online Master of Public Administration program (MPA) offers you the opportunity to learn the skills you need in all aspects of public and nonprofit management including leadership, program evaluation, budgeting, planning, personnel management, collective bargaining, and policy analysis. Professionals with five or more years of relevant work experience can enroll in the 12-month Executive MPA program with reduced degree requirements and lower tuition cost.

Our MPA graduates are prepared to engage with their communities, ensure accountability, and have the administrative skills to achieve their organization's mission in an effective and sustainable manner.

  • The MPA program is fully online and ideal for working professionals.
  • Study with public service professionals and professors who bring strong analysis and best practices to your learning.
  • Start in the fall or spring and graduate in as little as 12 months (Executive MPA) or 16 months (MPA)
  • UNH Undergraduates can earn their MPA degree in as little as 12 months when enrolled in the UNH Accelerated Master's program for the MPA degree (not applicable for the Executive MPA program).
  • No GRE is required

Program Delivery & Location:  Core academic courses for the MPA program are offered entirely online with choices for taking optional elective courses in person on the UNH campuses.

Accelerated Master's Progam Eligible: Yes-MPA Only (not applicable for the Executive MPA program)

MPA Requirements

Students enrolled in the Carsey School's Master of Public Administration program (MPA degree) are required to complete a thirty-six (36) credit program, consisting of:

  • Four (4) BASIC Core Curriculum Courses
  • Three (3) ADVANCED Core Curriculum Courses
  • Five (5) ELECTIVE Courses

These provide students with a strong foundation in theory and the applied skills necessary to foster democratic involvement, accountability and administrative competency in the provision and delivery of public services in towns, cities, state agencies, and a wide range of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. Further opportunities for depth and specialization are provided through a broad range of elective courses which vary by semester. As a culminating graduate experience, students engage in a capstone project within their community, enabling students to directly apply what they've lerned throughout their MPA program.

MPA BASIC Core Curriculum Courses (4 Courses):
PA 800Foundations and Theories of Public Administration3
PA 805Introduction to Statistical Analysis3
PA 809Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors3
PA 908ACapstone in Public Administration 13
MPA ADVANCED Core Curriculum Courses: Choose Three (3) 29
Grant-writing for Public and Non-profit Sectors
Performance Management in Public and Non-Profit Organizations
Policy and Program Evaluation
Administrative Law
Leadership Theory and Practice
Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Financial Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector
Art of Negotiation
Public Management Techniques
Legal and Policy-Making Environment on Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Non-Profit Management
MPA ELECTIVE Courses: Choose Five (5) 3-Credit Public Admin 800/900 level Elective Courses (or related discipline with MPA Academic Advisor's approval) 215
Total Credits36

For more details on the MPA program, visit the MPA website.

Executive MPA Requirements

Students enrolled in the Carsey School's Executive Master of Public Administration program are required to complete a thirty (30) credit program, consisting of:

  • Four (4) BASIC Core Curriculum Courses
  • Three (3) ADVANCED Core Curriculum Courses
  • Three (3) ELECTIVE Courses
MPA BASIC Core Curriculum Courses (4 Courses):
PA 800Foundations and Theories of Public Administration3
PA 805Introduction to Statistical Analysis3
PA 809Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors3
PA 908ACapstone in Public Administration 13
MPA ADVANCED Core Curriculum Courses: Choose Three (3) 29
Performance Management in Public and Non-Profit Organizations
Policy and Program Evaluation
Administrative Law
Leadership Theory and Practice
Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Financial Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector
Public Management Techniques
Non-Profit Management
MPA ELECTIVE Courses: Choose Three (3) 3-Credit Public Admin 800/900 level Elective Courses (or related discipline with MPA Academic Advisor's approval) 29
Total Credits30

FALL START (Typical)

MPA Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
E-Term 1  
PA 800
Foundations and Theories of Public Administration 3
or Foundations and Theories of Public Administration
3
MPA Elective Course 2 3
E-Term 2  
PA 812 Leadership Theory and Practice 2 3
PA 813 Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors 2 3
 Credits12
Spring
E-Term 3  
PA 804 Policy and Program Evaluation 2 3
PA 809
Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors 3
or Organization and Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
3
E-Term 4  
PA 805 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 3
PA 808 Administrative Law 2 3
 Credits12
Summer
E-Term 5  
PA 908A Capstone in Public Administration 1 3
PA 814
Financial Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector 2,3
or Non-Profit Management
or Nonprofit Management
3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall
E-Term 1  
PA 802 Grant-writing for Public and Non-profit Sectors 2 3
MPA Elective Course 2 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits36

Notes:

Executive MPA Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
E-Term 1  
PA 800 Foundations and Theories of Public Administration 3
MPA Elective Course 2 3
E-Term 2  
PA 812 Leadership Theory and Practice 2 3
PA 813 Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors 2 3
 Credits12
Spring
E-Term 3  
PA 804 Policy and Program Evaluation 2 3
PA 809 Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors 3
E-Term 4  
PA 805 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 3
PA 808 Administrative Law 2 3
 Credits12
Summer
E-Term 5  
PA 814
Financial Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector 2
or Non-Profit Management
3
PA 908A Capstone in Public Administration 1 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits30

Notes:

SPRING START

MPA Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
E-Term 3  
PA 804 Policy and Program Evaluation 2 3
PA 809
Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors 3
or Organization and Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
3
E-Term 4  
PA 805 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 3
PA 808 Administrative Law 2 3
 Credits12
Summer
E-Term 5  
PA 814 Financial Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector 2 3
PA 818
Non-Profit Management 2,3
or Nonprofit Management
3
 Credits6
Fall
E-Term 1  
PA 800
Foundations and Theories of Public Administration 3
or Foundations and Theories of Public Administration
3
PA 802 Grant-writing for Public and Non-profit Sectors 3
E-Term 2  
PA 812
Leadership Theory and Practice
or Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
3
PA 908A Capstone in Public Administration 1 3
 Credits12
Second Year
Spring
E-Term 3  
PA 816 Public Management Techniques 2 3
MPA Elective Course 2 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits36

Notes:

Executive MPA Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
E-Term 3  
PA 804 Policy and Program Evaluation 2 3
PA 809 Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors 3
E-Term 4  
PA 805 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 3
PA 808 Administrative Law 2 3
 Credits12
Summer
E-Term 5  
PA 814 Financial Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector 2 3
PA 818 Non-Profit Management 2 3
 Credits6
Fall
E-Term 1  
PA 800 Foundations and Theories of Public Administration 3
PA 802 Grant-writing for Public and Non-profit Sectors 2 3
E-Term 2  
PA 812
Leadership Theory and Practice 2
or Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
3
PA 908A Capstone in Public Administration 1 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits30

Notes:

  • Develop in-depth understanding of the structure of public sector organizations and common issues faced by public and nonprofit managers
  • Communicate effectively with public managers, policymakers, and the general public
  • Manage organizations, processes, and people in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Apply critical thinking skills to address public issues and solve problems
  • Collect and analyze data to inform public decision-making