Core Curriculum

Build from a solid base

No matter what specific concentration you choose, your MPA degree will rest on a broad, firm foundation—a group of five core courses comprising 15 credit hours. These core curriculum courses will give you the analytical skills you need, along with a firm understanding of the policy issues and governmental processes that affect your chosen field.

Knowledge with transferable skills

The fundamental skills you'll develop through your MPA core are transferable—not just to positions in public affairs or public policy, but among a wide variety of professional fields.

The core courses are:

  • Public Management (V 502)
  • Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (V 506)
  • Public Management Economics (V 517)
  • Law and Public Affairs (V 540)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (F 560)