Public Administration Program

Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA)

Our innovative program specializes in leadership and collaboration. We equip students to make a difference in the public sphere through a curriculum that balances individual specializations with a strong core of training that any individual needs to be effective in public service. A typical MPA program timeline is:

  • The first two semesters of the program are spent in a 14-credit cohort-style seminar. The seminar is organized in modules of varying lengths, and it lays the groundwork common for all public administration students.
  • Students often schedule the required practicum/internship during their third semester, though the exact timing is flexible.
  • Typically, the fourth and fifth semesters are spent completing a capstone project in a team setting that mirrors the collaboration that is so common in public life. During this time students also take additional courses to develop a substantive specialization of their choice.
  • Don't forget to apply for graduation within the first two weeks of the semester in which you plan to graduate! The form is listed on the graduate division website under 'forms.'
Student Learning Objectives for Public Administration
  1. Think critically and reflectively, with awareness of diverse perspectives, and employing multiple lenses to analyze public issues.
  2. Effectively communicate one-on-one, in small groups, and in broader arenas.
  3. Work effectively in teams and display leadership skills.
  4. Utilize knowledge of public institutions and processes.
  5. Participate effectively in civic life.

Apply for the MPA Program

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014. Deadline extended to April 1. (GRE is not required)

Review FULL MPA degree details and application instructions pdf

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PUBA sholarships/fellowships

Opening soon on the STAR Giving Tree:

Graduate Achievement Scholarship (New, 2014 incoming students).

The Herman S. Doi Memorial Fellowship (Returning students)

D. William Wood Pacific Island Health Administrators Endowed Scholarship (Returning students)



Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA)