Courses & Degree Requirements

Convenient Schedule for Working Professionals

The MPA is a two-year graduate program with evening classes (typically Mondays and Wednesdays from 6–8:30 p.m.) and occasional weekend seminars (each two-day, one-credit course is typically held Saturday 9–5 and Sunday 9–1), so there is no need for you to take time off from your job to earn your degree.

Public Administration Degree Requirements

Students must complete 36 graduate credits consisting of:

  • 8 three-credit courses
  • 6 one-credit weekend intensive modules (two in each of three semesters)
  • a final six-credit case study seminar ("capstone")

 Typical students move through the program as follows (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted):

 Fall I

  • PUBADM 602 New England Economic Environment
  • PUBADM 610 Public Management
  • PUBADM 65X Policy Workshop (weekend seminar, 1 credit, topics rotate)
  • PUBADM 65X Policy Workshop (weekend seminar, 1 credit, topics rotate)

 Spring I

  • PUBADM 601 New England Political Environment
  • PUBADM 620 Analytical Skills I
  • PUBADM 65X Policy Workshop (weekend seminar, 1 credit, topics rotate)
  • PUBADM 65X Policy Workshop (weekend seminar, 1 credit, topics rotate)

 Summer I

  • PUBADM 625 Public Budgeting & Financial Management

 Fall II

  • Elective Public Administration electives are offered on a rotating basis.
  • PUBADM 621 Analytical Skills II
  • PUBADM 65X Policy Workshop (weekend seminar, 1 credit, topics rotate)
  • PUBADM 65X Policy Workshop (weekend seminar, 1 credit, topics rotate)

 Spring II

  • PUBADM 614 Human Resources Management
  • PUBADM 691 Capstone: Case Study Seminar (6 credits)

Public Administration Courses & Course Descriptions

All Public Administration course descriptions

Individual course descriptions:

PUBADM 601 - New England Political Environment
PUBADM 602 - The New England Economic Environment
PUBADM 606 - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy
PUBADM 610 - Public Management: Theories & Principles
PUBADM 611 - E-Government: The Internet and Public Policy
PUBADM 612 - Urban Politics and Policy
PUBADM 614 - Human Resources Management
PUBADM 620 - Analytic Skills for Policy Analysis I
PUBADM 621 - Analytic Skills for Policy Analysis II
PUBADM 623 - WPPP: Women in American Politics and Policy Making
PUBADM 624  WPPP: Spring Internship
PUBADM 625 - Public Budgeting & Financial Management
PUBADM 627 - WPPP: Case Study Seminar
PUBADM 628 - Research Methods for Policy Analysis
PUBADM 629 -  Leadership and Organizations: Gender, Power, and Authority
PUBADM 645 - Program Evaluation
PUBADM 650 - Organizations, Social Change, and Public Policy
PUBADM 651, 652, 653, 654, 655 - Policy Analysis Workshops
PUBADM 670 - Human Resource Management for Municipal Managers
PUBADM 671 - Information Management and Technology for Municipal Managers

PUBADM 672 - Strategic Management and Leadership
PUBADM 673 - Public Accounting and Financial Reporting
PUBADM 674 - Issues in Massachusetts Local Government Law
PUBADM 675 - Collaborative Governance
PUBADM 676L - Public Dispute Resolution: Theory, Research, and Practice

PUBADM 677 - Internship in Municipal Management
PUBADM 691 - Capstone/Case Study Seminar
PUBADM 696 - Independent Study
PUBADM 697 - Special Topics in Public Affairs

Specialized Tracks in Public Administration

Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Track in the MPA

This program is one of the few in the country that sets out to unpack the intersectional influence of gender along with race/ethnicity and class in the context of the larger policy environment. While public policies are often thought of as gender-neutral, the impacts of government policies can affect women and men differently.