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Public Administration (MPPA)   

Program Title and Classification

Public Administration

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Policy


The School of Public Policy is one of the nation’s leading graduate programs devoted to the study of public policy, management and international affairs, with particular expertise in the fields of environmental policy, energy policy, international development, international security and economic policy, health policy, education policy, social policy, non-profit management, public management and leadership,acquisitions, and public finance. The School offers a wide variety of master’s programs, joint degree programs, graduate certificate programs, and one of the nation’s premier doctorate programs. The School’s location just outside of Washington, D.C. attracts a stellar faculty of scholar-practitioners who are experts in the theory and practice of public policy and management and influential participants in the nation’s policy-making process. The location and faculty in turn attract outstanding students by providing them, not only an in-depth, rich curriculum, but extensive exposure to and interaction with the real-life world of policy-making, the federal government, the international diplomatic community, state and local governments, and a host of non-governmental and multinational organizations. It is one of the few policy schools to combine state, national and international policy study under one roof, and to take into account policy interests in all sectors of the economy, thus allowing both faculty and students to study the full range of issues in all courses and in all research.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
16 May (final) / 17 Jan (Preferred for funding)15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 36 credits required

PUAF 610: Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (3 credits)

PUAF 620: Political Analysis (3 credits) OR PUAF 688A: Public Policy Seminar (3 credits)

PUAF 670: Public Budgeting & Financial Management (3 credits)

PUAF 711: Public Management and Leadership (3 credits)

PUAF 640: Microeconomic and Policy Analysis (3 credits)

PUAF 688M: Public Policy Seminar (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

*Students should consult with their advisor to determine remaining course requirements.


The Master's of Professional Studies in Public Administration (MPPA) program provides an in-depth education for students seeking professional careers in public administration. The MPPA requires the completion of 36 credit hours in various aspects of public administration and policy. The program can be completed in either 16 months or 21 months. It is particularly appropriate for international students and uses numerous examples and case studies from around the world. It is cohort-based, with all students in a cohort taking the same courses. Please check the School's website to find out when the next cohort is expected to be formed.

Between the first and second year, and/or during the academic year, most students engage in internships in international, federal, state or local government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private firms that are engaged in public administration. In addition to offering practical experiences and the opportunity to further develop skills acquired during the first year, these internships provide students with contacts and relationships useful for future projects and job placement.



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