Graduates of the Program acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be creative, ethical, analytical, and visionary leaders.
Specific competencies that will be mastered by students earning the MPA Program include:
- Becoming knowledgeable of the laws, rules, norms, and traditions that shape the internal structure, efficiency, and innovativeness of public sector organizations.
- Being able to formulate creative solutions to problems confronting government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.
- Obtaining knowledge of how institutions in the public sector shape and are shaped by economic, social, and political environments.
- Acquiring practical skills and knowledge bases necessary for the management of public sector organizations: grant writing, budgeting, public speaking, human relations, public relations, electronic communication, and report writing.
- Mastering an understanding of how key concepts and theories can be used to formulate practical solutions to problems associated with public and non-profit administration.
- Gaining knowledge of data bases, web sites, printed material, and other information-based resources pertaining to the management of public sector organizations.
- Learning how to gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data relevant to decision making in public organizations.
- Understanding the ethical consequences of decisions made by managers in the public sector.