2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Master of Public Administration

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(36 credits minimum without internship) (39 credits when internship required)

 The Program

The Public Administration Program at Indiana State University, established in 1976, exists to educate and train students dedicated to the profession of public management. The program offers the traditional master’s degree in public administration (M.P.A.). It also supports two on-line certificate programs—one in public administration and the other in public personnel administration. M.P.A. course work is offered primarily during weekday evenings. Certificate courses are offered on-line. The program is a member of NASPAA, and is also associated with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). A full-time M.P.A. director manages the programs and advises M.P.A. and certificate students.


The M.P.A. Program at Indiana State University requires a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours for mid-career public sector or nonprofit sector professionals. Students without significant public or nonprofit management experience must also complete a 3-credit, semester long internship at a site determined by the M.P.A. director in consultation with the student. A core of seven courses, or 21 credit hours, is required of all M.P.A. students. Electives may be taken from a menu of political science and public administration courses. Students may take directed courses outside the Department of Political Science with the approval of the M.P.A. director.

Culminating experience: Required Professional Project and Presentation (3 credits):

  • 3 credits

  • Students will enroll in Public Administration 697, Capstone Project, toward the end of their MPA programs. Capstone projects will be developed, produced, and written by students, but faculty must approve each project. Students may choose a faculty director for their projects. Each project will be professionally presented at a forum scheduled for that purpose at the end of each fall and spring semester. Both project production and presentation must be judged satisfactory by the faculty for the degree to be awarded. Unsatisfactory projects may be presented twice more. If a project is judged unsatisfactory three times, the student will be required to re-enroll in Public Administration 697, and produce another project.


Students desiring a more specialized program may choose a concentration in place of the General Public Administration Electives.

Elective Concentrations:

The public administration program of the political science department cooperates with the College of Arts and Sciences’ criminology and criminal justice department, and with the Colleges of Technology, and Health and Human Services in offering online elective concentrations in criminology / criminal justice, human resources development and public health within the MPA.

Concentration in criminology and criminal justice:

Students must take both of the following courses:


AHS 619 is taken prior to AHS 628. Students who take AHS 619 should also take AHS 628 to complete the public health concentration.  

All courses in each of these concentrations are offered online. 

Concentration in Nonprofit Management:

Students must take each of the following courses:

Other elective courses:

Students may take elective courses in other departments, upon the approval of their advisors.

Additional required training for students without significant demonstrated work experience:

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