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Public Administration: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success. You will find many opportunities to apply your MPA education right here in Washington, D.C.

As a land-grant institution, UDC’s mission of service to the District of Columbia community infuses all aspects of campus life, which makes for a rich and fulfilling academic experience.

Master’s Degree (MPA) in Public Administration

We’ve all had some exposure to how government works. But maybe you think it could be better. Maybe you see an opportunity for improved customer service, more efficient operations, more accessible officials or more easily understood processes. If you have the will and commitment to effect change, we can give you the tools and insights to implement it.

The master of public administration degree program at the University of the District of Columbia prepares you for a management career in both government and nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re early career or mid-career, this program gives you the education and perspectives necessary to advance and make a difference in the public sector.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Public Administration Graduate Program

Learn about the general requirements for graduate admission to UDC

You must complete 36-37 credit hours to earn the master’s degree in public administration, including 18 credit hours of core curriculum. For full-time students, this takes four semesters. You may be able to submit a thesis in lieu of six credit hours of course work. Students must also take the Graduate Write Proficiency in the first semester of enrollment.

You may select from three areas of emphasis:

  • Public management
  • Labor studies/human resources management
  • Computer information systems
  • Nonprofit leadership (certificate)

Some areas of emphasis require students to pass a written comprehensive examination, normally taken during the last semester of the program.

Required courses include:

  • Management of Government Organizations                     
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Administration                                                  
  • Public Management Research                    
  • Public Policy Development and Implementation              
  • Planning in Government
  • Public Finance and the Budgetary Process

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Public Administration Graduate Program

  • MPA Student Association

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Public Administration Graduate Program


Career Pathways and Prospects

Graduates from our master’s of public administration program are in demand for government jobs in the area, both at the District and federal level. UDC’s MPA program prepares you for a career as a public manager, planning specialist, or policy analyst in governmental, nonprofit and labor organizations. For instance, 2007 graduate Kenneth Ellerbe is now fire and EMS chief for the District of Columbia. The MPA degree also gives mid-career employees an opportunity to learn new skills and advance their careers.

Contact info:

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