Public Administration (MPA)

Uniquely set in the School of Justice Studies, RWU’s Public Administration program emphasizes accountability, transparency, ethics, privacy and participation -- values that will define your management career in government or nonprofits. By analyzing public policy, you’ll learn how to bring together diverse groups and find solutions to critical social issues, preparing you to work in a broad range of fields including healthcare, environment, fundraising and homeland security.

Master of Public Administration

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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:

PA501Foundations of Public Administration: Legal and Institutional 
PA502Organizational Dynamics 
PA503Data Management and Analysis 
PA504Public Policy and Program Evaluation 
PA505Public Budgeting & Finance 
PA506Public Personnel Management 


Choose an area of specialization and complete four courses.

Either:

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

PA512Intergovernmental Relations 
PA513Public Administration and Public Law 
PA514Urban Administration and Management 
PA515Ethics in Public Administration 
PA516Grant Writing and Management 
PA517Computer Applications for Public Managers 
PA518Program Evaluation 
PA519Lean Management for Public Administration 
PA530Special Topics in Public Administration 

or:

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

PA530Special Topics in Healthcare Administration 
PA550Healthcare Administration 
PA551Public Policy and Politics in Healthcare Administration 
PA552Trends and Issues in Health Administration 
PA553Economics of Health and Medical Care 
PA554Health Informatics 

Internship/Research Requirement and Directed Study Requirement

PA590Research in Public Administration 
PA599Directed Study in Public Administration 

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Meet us on campus in Providence, RI, and hear about admission and financial aid and meet the faculty. Each event offers a flexible schedule, so you may stop by at any time at your convenience to meet with us. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
4:30pm - 7:00pm
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There are no virtual sessions scheduled at this time.


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Christopher Pierce, RWU Class of 2018 Public Administration (MPA)

Christopher Pierce, a Los Angeles native, holds a strong passion for advancing a career in public service. At Roger Williams, he's getting the education - both inside and outside the classroom - he needs to be a future leader in the local and national community.

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Class Format

  • Online - 16 Week
  • Blended - 16 Week

Internships

  • State Department of Revenue
  • State Supreme Court
  • City Water Authority
  • Policy Analyst, State Department of Health Insurance
  • Finance Department, Local Municipality

Employment

  • Director of Emergency Management
  • Director of Statewide Health Alliances, American Heart Association
  • Social Care Coordinator, United Healthcare
  • Mayor, City of Warwick
  • Assistant Commissioner, State Human Resource Department
  • Brown University
  • City of Providence
  • Goverment Relations, RWU
  • COO, YWCA Northern RI

Facts

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid, Online (16 weeks)
  • Start Term: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Course Load: Full-time or Part-time
  • Tuition: $573/credit (2017-2018 rate)
  • Admission Deadline: Rolling

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    Application Requirements

    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. Personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in Public Administration/Management, career goals, and anticipated 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. A 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

    Please note: The GRE is not required for admission

    Preferred Application Deadline:
    August 1 for Fall, December 15 for Spring, April 15 for Summer

    International applicants should also read through this page for additional requirements.

    All documents to be mailed should be sent directly to:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

    For more information, or if you have questions about the application process please contact us at any time.