2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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“At Walden, students can further their professional goals while also learning about and implementing social justice in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them within their communities.”

Dr. Anne Fetter
School of Public Policy and Administration Faculty Member


As the public and private sectors increasingly evolve and overlap, there will be an increasing demand for leaders and managers who are scholar-practitioners. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares professionals to excel in this increasingly complex and collaborative environment. The program offers students an opportunity to directly apply academic theories and skills in their own communities, making the learning experience personally meaningful while creating positive social change.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe key leadership concepts and theories that can be used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Determine appropriate skills needed for participating in and contributing to public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Critically evaluate strategies for resolving public policy and administration problems in a global economic and political environment.
  4. Develop ethical solutions to advance and improve the lives of citizens and organizations.
  5. Apply models that represent best practices in utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national, and international public agencies.


Students who wish to gain additional knowledge in a specialized area can complete three courses in a specialization area. Courses must be taken in the order presented.

Degree Requirements

  • General Program: 46 total quarter credit hours; with optional specialization: 61 quarter credit hours
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Optional specialization courses* (15 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

*Optional specialization courses must be taken in the order shown.

Core Curriculum

Students can complete the General Program by taking the Core Curriculum courses. Courses are 12 weeks in length.

Program Data

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