Public Management

Earn an MPA with a public management concentration

The Public Management concentration is an 18-credit-hour course of study within the Master of Public Affairs program that prepares students with the strategic and technical skills needed to address the challenges and opportunities found in and surrounding government organizations.

The strategic and evidence-based management skills students acquire through courses in this concentration will be matched with the development of leadership skills essential to guiding organizations toward ethical and self-accountable decision making.

The Public Management concentration leverages the expertise of SPEA IUPUI’s faculty in combination with the vibrant public service community in and around Indianapolis to provide students with applied learning experiences.

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Gain management skills across all sectors

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Because government increasingly works in concert with the nonprofit and private sectors to address complex public problems, such as education, healthcare, and sustainability, the Public Management concentration also provides students with management skills that will enable them to collaborate with organizations outside of the government sector.

Simply stated, governments and organizations cannot effectively implement public policies without managers skillfully leading the efforts of personnel, organizations, and collaborative networks.

Degree requirements

The core requirements of the MPA prepare you to enter or continue work in public service, no matter your area of focus. Each student must also complete the requirements of at least one concentration, and an experiential requirement (or mid-career option credit) that ensures each graduate of the MPA program has gained insight and experience outside the classroom. 

Solve problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science.