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Public Administration (MPA)

The Public Administration program at Roger Williams University prepares students for careers in the education, nonprofit, government, for-profit, private and public sector management or consulting, environmental agencies, healthcare, policy analysis, homeland security and more.

Students tackle critical social issues affecting people around the world as well as close to home and work to find solutions. Courses focus on management areas such as financial administration and organizational management as well as larger concepts like ethics and global awareness. Graduates go on to employment in a broad range of organizations from local municipalities and state agencies to working as government policy analysts and fundraisers.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program (MPA) is a 36-credit hour program designed for individuals employed or interested in service in federal, state, local, regional, and international government, non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Non-profit organizations include museums, membership associations, and other 501 (c) (3) institutions. Non-profit organizations also include hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. The curriculum is based on the standards of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The MPA Program seeks to create competencies for the student in line with those of NASPAA.

At the completion of the degree students should be competent to:

  1. manage in public organizations
  2. participate in and contribute to the policy process
  3. analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  4. communicate and interact with diverse groups and in diverse settings

The degree program will also emphasis the following public service values:

  1. Accountability
  2. Transparency
  3. Respect for citizen privacy
  4. Ethical actions and values
  5. Participatory process

Courses within the curriculum are grouped into four areas: core courses, areas of concentration, research/internship, and capstone experience. The six-course core sequence provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective public managers. Students then pursue a greater depth of study in a four course concentration in either public management or health care administration. Following the core course sequence and the chosen concentration, students complete either an internship (pre-service students) or a research course (in-service students). The 36-credit hour curriculum is completed with a capstone project of the student’s own design guided by faculty advisement. As students’ progress through the Program they are encouraged to draw on the full array of research opportunities available through the MPA and allied resources as they consider their capstone project.

Applying to the MPA Program

To be considered for admission to the Master of Public Administration degree program, applicants must hold an earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. Career statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing interest in Public Administration/Management, career goals, and contributions to the Master’s Program in Public Administration at Roger Williams University.
  3. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school.
  4. Current resume.
  5. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results.
  6. Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee.

Course Requirements for the Master of Public Admin
(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)
Required Courses:

PA 501 Foundations of Public Administration: Legal and Institutional  
PA 502 Organizational Dynamics  
PA 503 Data Management and Analysis  
PA 504 Public Policy and Program Evaluation  
PA 505 Public Budgeting & Finance  
PA 506 Public Personnel Management  

Choose an area of specialization and complete four courses.


Public Management Concentration Courses (complete four (4) of the eight (8) courses)

PA 512 Intergovernmental Relations  
PA 513 Public Administration and Public Law  
PA 514 Urban Administration and Management  
PA 515 Ethics in Public Administration  
PA 516 Grant Writing and Management  
PA 517 Computer Applications for Public Managers  
PA 518 Program Evaluation  
PA 530 Special Topics in Public Administration  


Healthcare Administration Concentration Courses (complete four(4) of the six (6) courses)

PA 530 Special Topics in Healthcare Administration  
PA 550 Healthcare Administration  
PA 551 Public Policy and Politics in Healthcare Administration  
PA 552 Trends and Issues in Health Administration  
PA 553 Economics of Health and Medical Care  
PA 554 Health Informatics  

Internship/Research Requirement and Directed Study Requirement

PA 590 Research in Public Administration  
PA 599 Directed Study in Public Administration