Saint Louis University

M.P.A. Requirements


The MPA program is comprised of course work totaling 36 hours: 18 hours of core (required) courses and 18 hours of concentration courses and electives. In addition, the program requires an Internship (3 credit hours) for students with limited professional experience in the public sector. 

In order to complete the program, students must choose between taking comprehensive exams (joint degree JD-MPA) or completing a Capstone Project .

Required Courses 

POLS 5020 - Advanced Topics in Research Methods
POLS 5300 - Law and Regulatory Policy
POLS 5310 - Issues in American Public Administration
POLS 5325 - Introduction to Public Sector Budgeting
POLS 6320 - Organizational Theory and Behavior
SOC   6200 - Urban Social and Political Theory


Elective Courses 

Elective course work is available in a variety of areas. Students have taken classes in business, social work, American studies, communication and more. Of course, many also take classes offered by Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, and Public and Social Policy Analysis. Typical focus areas for Public Administration students include:

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Community Development
  • Housing Policy
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • The Policy Process
  • Finance
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Health Care Policy
  • Social Work



The internship program has been developed in cooperation with numerous governmental, nonprofit and private sector agencies, serving both the St. Louis region and various governmental units throughout the country. Interns have worked with organizations such as:

  • The Bi-State Development Agency
  • City of Chesterfield, MO
  • City of Kirkwood, MO
  • City of Rockhill
  • Bellerive Neighborhood Association
  • East-West Gateway Coordinating Council
  • City of St. Louis Community Development Agency
  • St. Louis County Department of Planning
  • St. Louis County Floodplain Management Program
  • The Contemporary Art Museum - St. Louis
  • St. Louis County World Trade Center
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • East-West Gateway Coordinating Council
  • Beyond Housing 
  • Citizens for Missouri's Children
  • Grand Rock Community Economic Development Corp.

Candidacy Procedures for Non Research Masters Degrees

M.P. A. Student Handbook


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