Student Learning Outcomes

MPA Program

Upon completion of the Master of Public Administration degree, the student will be able to:

  1.  Lead and manage in public governance
    -Apply the project management approach to public management models
    -Manage projects
    -Understand the relationships between public policy, whether proposed or enacted, and leadership and management in implementation
  2. Participate in and contribute to the public policy process
    -Apply techniques for program evaluation and policy analysis
    -Describe and execute the policymaking process, including defining the problem, setting the agenda, formulating policy, implementing policy and evaluating policy
    -Prepare a budget reflecting policy priorities

  3. Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
    -Employ analytical tools for collecting, analyzing, presenting and interpreting data, including appropriate statistical concepts and techniques 
    -Identify and employ alternative sources of funding, including grants, taxes and fees 
    -Understand and apply the legal context of public affairs, administration and policy

  4. Articulate and apply a public service perspective

     -Behave ethically and with integrity: tell the truth, keep confidences, admit mistakes
    -Understand and apply criteria appropriate to public affairs, administration and policy
    -Maintain privacy and security of documents and understand Big Data challenges


    Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry
    Communicate effectively in writing: prepares clear, concise and well-organized written materials tailored to the audience’s level of expertise and needs
    -Communicate effectively in speech: presents oral information accurately, clearly, concisely persuasively tailored level of expertise and needs
    -Work productively in teams

    Revised to Assessment Year 2/26/18