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Our national, state, and local governments are being asked to perform an increasing variety of functions and services. Today, approximately one of every five persons in the workforce is employed by government, directly or indirectly. Governments must cope with difficult issues and problems that compete for attention and resources. To do this, governments need dedicated, motivated and trained administrators, analysts and specialists.
Masters of Public Administration programs provide education and training for these professionals. The MPA is often a prerequisite to advancement in federal, state and local government agencies. The degree program typically covers a broad range of topics, including:
Political and Legal Institutions/Processes
Economic, Intergovernmental and Social Systems
Organizational and Managerial Skills/Practices
Budgeting and Financial Administration
Personnel and Human Relations
In addition, MPA programs generally provide opportunities for specialization in some policy area or management practice. Government policies and decisions affect many facets of life - political, social, religious, economic and psychological. Government employees have diverse educational backgrounds, training and occupational orientations. An MPA program encourages this diversity. Public Administration requires interdisciplinary study.