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School of Public Service and Administration

Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA)

Program Overview

The Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) is designed to provide high quality education to meet the demand for professionally trained public administrators in the public and nonprofit sectors. This program instills the knowledge and values you need to lead and manage effectively in government and nonprofit organizations. The core courses will prepare you to be a leader, manager, or analyst in public service. You’ll develop the foundational skills public administrators need to develop effective public policy, apply public policy to societal needs, be a good steward of public resources, and conduct research that supports evidence-based policy development.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

36

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 36
Program Type: MPSA
Location: Online
Time to Complete: 12 Months (fast track) | 24 Months
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January | Summer: May
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

Upon degree completion students will learn and demonstrate: • Demonstrate applied management, leadership, communication, and analytical skills needed by managers and leaders in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government. • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in complex and dynamic environments. • Articulate, apply, and advance public service principles through a clear understanding of the roles, development, and principles of public administration. • Participate in the management of public policy processes and executive-legislative relations. • Demonstrate understanding of public budgetary processes, financial management, and administrative law. • Understand and apply public personnel management skills to a complex public human resource environment. • Demonstrate professional ethics and interact productively in culturally responsive ways with a diverse workforce and society. • Conduct scholarly research and produce theory-based research through publication.

Career Outlook

The Master of Public Service and Administration core courses will prepare students to be leaders, managers, and analysts in public service. Core courses develop the foundational skills public administrators need to develop effective public policy, apply public policy to address society needs, be good stewards of public resources and budgets, and conduct research that supports evidence-based policy development.

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

Upon degree completion students will learn and demonstrate: • Demonstrate applied management, leadership, communication, and analytical skills needed by managers and leaders in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government. • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in complex and dynamic environments. • Articulate, apply, and advance public service principles through a clear understanding of the roles, development, and principles of public administration. • Participate in the management of public policy processes and executive-legislative relations. • Demonstrate understanding of public budgetary processes, financial management, and administrative law. • Understand and apply public personnel management skills to a complex public human resource environment. • Demonstrate professional ethics and interact productively in culturally responsive ways with a diverse workforce and society. • Conduct scholarly research and produce theory-based research through publication.

Career Outlook

The Master of Public Service and Administration core courses will prepare students to be leaders, managers, and analysts in public service. Core courses develop the foundational skills public administrators need to develop effective public policy, apply public policy to address society needs, be good stewards of public resources and budgets, and conduct research that supports evidence-based policy development.

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official undergraduate transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program.

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Additional Admission Requirements

NA

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is two (2) weeks before a term start date.

More Information

I-20 Approved: No
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): Yes
Program Director:
Dr. Chuck Williamson
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
36 Credit Hours – Program Requirements
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