The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is intended for those with career interests in public management, health and human services, government, and other public service and nonprofit organizations. The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The M.P.A. degree is offered at Penn State Harrisburg.
The M.P.A. degree requires 36 graduate credits—18 in prescribed core courses, 15 in electives, and 3 for a professional master's project. In addition, a 9-credit internship is required of students who do not have at least three years of full-time, relevant work experience, which consists of supervisory, managerial, or professional work. The internship is waived for students with this experience before they enter the program or who gain it during the program.