Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
WSU Vancouver offers a master's degree in Public Affairs (MPA). This degree program is offered exclusively on the WSU Vancouver campus, and is designed for the education of individuals like yourself who are interested in administrative and leadership positions in the public sector.
A wide variety of disciplines
The Program in Public Affairs draws on a wide variety of academic disciplines, such as political science, business administration, economics, sociology, health policy administration, environmental science/regional planning, law and criminal justice. The MPA will prepare you for a diverse variety of employment opportunities ranging from local government and public policy analysis to personnel administration and strategic planning.
The degree will also prepare you for a range of jobs outside of government service, such as non-profit organizations. If you're an in-service student already working in the public sector, you may be seeking a master's degree to advance professionally. As a graduate student, you can expect to hone your skills and receive further training.
Shift your career
Alternatively, the Master of Public Affairs degree is also appropriate for those who would like to shift careers and obtain a position in the public and non-profit sectors. To enhance your marketability you will practice relevant coursework and have an internship placement where you will learn new skills. As a graduate student, you will have a wide choice of agencies in which to perform internships and establish relationships.
The MPA seeks to develop the skills of present and future public administrators and policy analysts in the region to provide them with the tools to meet the challenges of government. In an age when governmental philosophies are continually being redefined, the MPA program is designed to promote professionalism, leadership, inventiveness, and a commitment to public service for government employees in the area of public administration, applied policy studies and health policy administration.
Designed to fit your needs
The program is designed to accommodate the needs of working students. Class size is usually small, ranging from 5-20 students. Classes include lectures, small group discussions and individual and group presentations.
To accommodate the varying interests of students, programs may be individually tailored for you in consultation with an advisor. A minimum of 34 semester hours is required for in-service students with previous public sector experience; 37 semester hours are required for pre-service students needing an internship.
How long will it take to complete your degree?
You are encouraged to take classes and meet program requirements at your own pace—part-time or full-time. On average, students enrolled in the MPA program can expect to complete their master's degree within two to three years.
Take your first step and explore MPA admission requirements.