Master’s in Public Administration

Our innovative social justice focused MPA was developed to prepare students to pursue their passion for public policy, social innovation, and meet the increasing need for leaders in the public sector. In addition to the traditional core competencies, this program centers social justice and equity in all levels of government and nonprofit organizations, to give students the skills necessary to become effective agents for change.

The MPA SJ offers students the opportunity to:

  • Study with award-winning faculty
  • Network with professionals working for social justice in public and nonprofit organizations
  • Immerse themselves in interdisciplinary curricula in areas such as Sociology, Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Study on an urban campus in a community of critical thinkers and problem solvers

First enrolling class: Fall Semester, 2019

Evening classes: Monday through Thursday, 6 pm – 8:50 pm    

Who Studies Public Administration: Social Justice?

The social justice focused Master’s in Public Administration is designed for pre-service students (recent undergraduates) and in-service professionals who are interested in developing their skills for leadership roles in public, non-profit and philanthropic organizations.

These include students and professionals interested in:

  • Public management
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Non-profit leadership and management
  • Community engagement
  • Government (e.g. local, state, federal)
  • Urban policy and politics
  • Area non-profits

MPA: Social Justice Curriculum (38-39 credit hours)

  • Six core courses (Introduction to Public Administration, Public Budgeting/Finance, Human Resources, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods)
  • Three specialization courses (social and urban policy or public management)
  • One elective
  • One internship or Capstone project

Application Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate transcripts, 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Essay
  • Writing sample (optional)

For more information about this program, please contact:
Dr. Brandi Blessett, MPA Director, Associate Professor of Political Science
brandi.blessett@uc.edu