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.
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:
The degree program will also emphasis the following public service values:
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.
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:
Course Requirements for the Master of Public Admin
(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)
|PA||501||Foundations of Public Administration: Legal and Institutional|
|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||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||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||551||Public Policy and Politics in Healthcare Administration|
|PA||552||Trends and Issues in Health Administration|
|PA||553||Economics of Health and Medical Care|
Internship/Research Requirement and Directed Study Requirement
|PA||590||Research in Public Administration|
|PA||599||Directed Study in Public Administration|