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Chicago | Master of

Public Administration

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program delivers the core knowledge and skills necessary for effective and socially responsible policy implementation, organizational leadership, management, and finance in the public arena – including at the national, state, and local government levels.

Students will also learn the critical skills of communicating and collaborating with diverse groups within a rapidly changing society, and how to articulate and solicit new perspectives that develop community-driven and support solutions to social, economic and environmental problems.

Adler’s MPA degree prepares students for a variety of socially responsible careers in both public and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are prepared with the theoretical foundation and management and leadership skills needed to address some of society’s most challenging social issues.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Public Administration program is 36-credit hours. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below.

Core Courses
  • Theories of Public Policy and Administration
  • Political Economy and Economic Analysis in Public Policy Development
  • Ethics in Public Service
  • Organizational Theory and Public Personnel Management
  • Public Finance
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Capstone Experience in Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Social Justice Practicum I
  • Social Justice Practicum II
Criminal Justice Concentration Courses
  • Reconceptualizing Criminal Justice Involvement of Persons with Mental Illness
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Crime Prevention and Reducing Recidivism
Sustainable Communities Concentration Courses
  • Elements of Sustainability and Livable Communities
  • Tools for Sustainable Development
  • Strategic Planning for Sustainability

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University Course Catalog here.

Concentrations

Concentrations

As part of the MPA, students will select from two specialized concentrations – Sustainable Communities and Criminal Justice – tailored to their desired career path.

Sustainable Communities is for those who aspire to administration, leadership, and advocacy across a broad range of career opportunities in both the non-profit and public service sectors. Using Adlerian principles, you’ll learn the skills necessary to create sustainable economic development, environmental development and healthier communities at the local, state, national and international level.

The Criminal Justice concentration offers professional development in management and leadership within law enforcement and criminal justice for those seeking to improve crime prevention, reduce recidivism, and find solutions to community re-entry. By preparing public managers for leadership roles as change agents that bring together key stakeholders (i.e., community members, law enforcement and other criminal justice officials, and mental health professionals) in finding long-term, efficient, and compassionate solutions that support individual and community health and safety.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

The Adler University MPA program delivers the core knowledge and skills necessary for effective policy implementation, organizational leadership, management, and finance in the public arena – including at the national, state, and local government levels. Additionally, the curriculum prepares students to pursue opportunities at non-profits, research centers, consulting firms, community action groups, direct-service providers and other private-sector entities.

In order to become effective public administration professionals, students advance their abilities in leadership and advocacy and become participants in, and contributors to the process of developing public programs and organizations – including the analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, and problem solving that encourages the growth of a fair and just society. Students will also learn the critical skills of communicating and collaborating with diverse groups within a rapidly changing society, and how to articulate and solicit new perspectives that develop community-driven and support solutions to social, economic and environmental problems. Students complete a Social Justice Practicum as well as a Capstone project.

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

Adler’s MPA degree prepares you for a variety of socially responsible careers in both public and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are prepared with the theoretical foundation and management and leadership skills needed to address some of society’s most challenging social issues.

Graduates from the MPA program can have successful and rewarding careers across a number of professional roles, such as:

  • Policy analyst or researcher
  • Program administrator
  • Veterans affairs lobbyist
  • Program analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Community organizer
  • Nonprofit or for-profit community service provider
  • Project manager
  • Advocate, Activist
  • Policy strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Municipal planner/developer
  • Community leader
  • Government representative or legislator
  • Municipal, county or state-level governmental emergency 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

As part of the online Master of Public Administration, you’ll participate in two experiences designed to apply your classroom learnings to real-world settings. During the Capstone project, you will work individually or as part of a team to improve a public policy or service.

Alfred Adler’s focus on community life, prevention, and population health serves as the inspiration for the Social Justice Practicum. You’ll gain real-world experience working alongside a partner organization to advance real social change in the community. Alongside the practicum, you’ll complete online modules that introduce you to social justice principles. The Practicum will conclude with a presentation of your findings.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic performance or academic ability in other ways.
  • For approved applicants, an invitation is extended for a personal interview with the department’s Program Director as the final step in the application process.

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service

Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Adler University – Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].

 

For more information for International Applicants, click here.

Chicago Campus

Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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