Overview

Prepare for public leadership 
and administration to lead change.

Prepare for public leadership
and administration to lead change.

Master of Public Administration Program Highlights

  • Prepare for leadership in sustainable economic and environmental development.
  • Earn your degree in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with weekend classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Public Administration: Sustainable Communities Concentration is for those who aspire to administration, leadership, and advocacy that advances sustainable economic development, environmental development, and a healthier culture and society at all levels.

Our program is designed to prepare strong leaders and administrators for an ever-growing range of opportunities in public service administration. As a student, you will explore the theoretical foundations and core competencies and skills required to provide strong, ethical leadership and positively affect systems of public service and program administration.

Graduates are expected to master core competencies in program development, evaluation, and management within the public service arena, as well as varied skills required for:

  • Evaluation research on program development and analysis of outcomes
  • Policy interpretation and implementations
  • Program development
  • Organizational leadership, administration, and management
  • Needs assessments with program participants and communities
  • Advocacy and political activism

Careers

Our program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills for roles such as:

  • Executive director, manager, or administrator in government settings
  • Advocacy or public service leader or manager
  • Case manager
  • Economic development/municipal finance administrator
  • Fundraiser or grant writer
  • Municipal or community development planner
  • Project and performance manager
  • Program administrator
  • Program evaluator or researcher
  • Public service analyst
  • Quality and strategic manager

The range of opportunities in public service administration continues to grow: with national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and direct service providers in the United States and around the world.

Professional Development & Training

You’ll enjoy individualized attention from our faculty through advising, mentoring, and professional scholarship and collaboration. Our diverse teaching faculty is made up of practitioners and scholars who bring intensive real-world experience to the classroom.

Through strong faculty support and professional networks, along with the University’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our students gain valuable experience with government and nonprofit administration prior to graduation.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete an experiential capstone project in your specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. All classes are offered at weekday evening times.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes professional collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, professionalism, and genuine care, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.