The mission of the MPA program at Wayne State University is to provide the highest quality graduate education to students committed to public service. The program provides an academically rigorous curriculum relevant to public and nonprofit policy and management. The program serves academically capable pre-service and in service students and is an integral part of a major urban research university improving local and global communities.
The MPA program provides training for work in: local, state, and federal agencies; private, nonprofit agencies and voluntary organizations; public affairs offices in private businesses; and legislative staff positions.
Located in the Department of Political Science, the program is NASPAA accredited and the oldest in the state of Michigan. The faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and research. The vast majority of classes are held in the evening; there is no online degree program.
The Master of Public Administration degree requires that students complete 39 semester credits and, if necessary, a three credit internship. Coursework for the degree includes 10 core courses and 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) in a concentration. We offer concentrations in the following areas:
  • Health and Human Services Policy and Management
  • Economic Development Policy and Management
  • Human and Fiscal Resource Management
  • Nonprofit Policy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Management
  • Urban and Metropolitan Policy and Management
  • Individually Tailored
If you have questions about the program or want to make an appointment to discuss your academic and career interests and goals, please contact Dr. Kyu-Nahm Jun, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Public Administration, at
We look forward to hearing from you. 


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