Roosevelt University has offered a Master Public Administration (MPA) degree since 1964. The MPA program at Roosevelt University is designed to meet the needs of practicing and aspiring administrators within government (local, state and federal), health services, and nonprofit sectors. The mission of the program is to prepare current and future administrators in government, nonprofit, and health service organizations to be socially conscious, ethical, and innovative leaders.
Concentrations: Students in the MPA program will choose to earn their degree in one of three concentrations: government management; nonprofit management; or, health services.
Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are admitted based upon previous academic performance and evaluation of a one- to two-page essay on an assigned topic. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 will be considered on the basis of the above plus additional supporting materials. These applicants should submit a history of their work and community experience and two letters of reference. They may also submit aptitude test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT. Information regarding admission may be obtained from the office of graduate admission or the department office. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.
To earn the MPA degree, students must complete 36 semester hours of course work. This 36 hours consists of 12 courses: 6 core courses, 1 policy course, 3 courses within the chosen concentration, either an internship or a service –learning course, and the capstone course. Course work must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.