Appalachian State University
Cratis D. Williams Graduate School
M.P.A. - Masters of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration degree is a terminal professional degree, which means that graduates receive in-depth training in the problems facing public sector managers. Like an MBA, law or medical degree, a terminal professional degree is designed to give graduates the necessary skills, knowledge base and training needed to allow them to act with minimal supervision while achieving significant results in leadership roles. Courses dealing with personnel issues, budgeting and fiscal management, leadership and organizational climate, evaluating the effectiveness of public services, research techniques, and an in-depth study of the major ideas, problems and concepts in public administration form the common core of the curriculum required of all MPA students.
To finish the program, you will need to complete 42 credit hours and you can expect to do this within two years.
Internship: you will complete at least one internship involving full-time service with an experienced mentor-manager in order to gain invaluable on-the-job experience.
Most classes are offered in the evening to accommodate graduate students who are employed full-time in nearby communities.
Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency.
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
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Master's College or University I