Public Policy Studies
Master's in Public Administration (MPA)
This program is designed for mid-career public sector professionals and pre-service students interested in preparing themselves for careers in the public or nonprofit sectors at the national, state and local levels.
The program's primary objective is to provide its graduates with proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the identification and analysis of individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior.
The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration. The program's content, therefore, reflects the current trends in professional education towards training experts in the field.
The MPA program is comprised of course work totaling 36 hours: 18 hours of core 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 or completing a Capstone Project .
PPS 501 - Research Methods
PPS 503 - Issues in American Public Administration
PPS 512 - Introduction to Public Sector Budgeting
PPS 515 - Economics of the Public Sector
PPS 540 - Organizational Theory and Behavior
PPS 541 - Administrative Law
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 Public Policy Studies, including urban affairs, city planning and policy analysis. Typical focus areas for Public Administration students include:
- Nonprofit Management
- Criminal Justice Policy
- The Policy Process
- Organizational Psychology
- Public Sector Accounting
- Housing Policy
- Health Care Policy
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 through out the country. Interns have worked with organizations such as:
- The Bi-State Development Agency
- City of Chesterfield, MO
- City of Kirkwood, MO
- 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
- Washington, D.C. Office of U.S. Representative Richard A. Gephardt
- St. Louis County World Trade Center
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- U.S. Postal Inspection Service
- U.S. Senator James Talent