Mission and Objectives

The mission of the MPA program at Wayne State University is to provide superior graduate education to students aspiring to or committed to public service careers. To that end, the program provides an academically rigorous, political science based curriculum relevant to public policy and public management. The program serves a select group of academically capable pre-service and in-service students and is an integral part of a major urban university that affords unique opportunities for publicaffairs research and public service.

To accomplish this mission, the MPA Program has established competencies and objectives related to teaching, research, and service activities.


Teaching Activities

  1. Promote understanding of the political, social, legal, and economic environments in which public organizations operate;
  2. Provide understanding of, and insight into, the nature of the administrative process and bureaucratic behavior, leadership, and decision making;
  3. Promote understanding of quantitative methods of analysis and research methodology required for management and policy analysis and evaluation;
  4. Promote a basic knowledge of skills and techniques required to administer effectively public organizations to include such administrative specialties as budgeting, personnel management and policy evaluation;
  5. Promote familiarity with the substantive character of, and problems in the implementation of specific areas of public policy;
  6. Foster an understanding of values and ethics promoting cultural diversity, democracy, and constitutional principles;
  7. Promote written and oral communications skills;
  8. Provide high quality instruction to MPA students;
  9. Promote the professional development of MPA students.

Research Activities

  1. Promote the advancement of the discipline through the active participation of faculty in research activities.
  2. Engage in research relevant to problems of governance in Michigan and its localities.

Service Activities

  1. Support Wayne State’s urban mission;
  2. Participate in public service activities.
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