Public Affairs Degrees

“What you learn from your courses in EPPS will carry with you into every arena of life.”
— Katie Ener

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BS – Public Affairs

A bachelor of science in public affairs provides students who wish to devote their professional careers to serving the public by managing government, nonprofit or other community organizations the skills and knowledge needed to be successful.

The program emphasizes the integration and application of theory to practice and prepares individuals to ultimately assume senior staff, managerial and leadership roles in public agencies, nonprofit organizations consulting firms and businesses significantly affected by public policies.

Through the Fast Track program, academically qualified public affairs majors can, in their junior year, take courses that count toward their master's degree in public affairs. EPPS advisors can provide additional information on this opportunity.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate - Local Government Management
The graduate certificate in local government management is for local government professionals and for master of public affairs students who desire to broaden their knowledge of important issues and approaches employed by professional local public administrators. Learn more » PDF

Graduate Certificate - Nonprofit Management
The graduate certificate in nonprofit management is designed to provide an overview of the nature and context of nonprofit organizations, combined with skill-based courses to develop competencies needed by nonprofit managers. Learn more » PDF

Master of Public Affairs

The master of public affairs degree educates individuals in public and non-profit management, policy analysis and applied technology. The program serves local, regional and national communities through professional development programs, management analyses, program and policy design, and as a forum for new ideas and approaches to policy and management problems.

Graduates are prepared to take on senior staff, managerial and leadership roles in public agencies and other organizations.

The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

PhD – Public Affairs

The doctor of philosophy in public affairs degree is an interdisciplinary doctoral program that prepares graduates to assume positions in academe, research organizations or public, quasi-public and nonprofit organizations. The degree combines innovative and traditional methods of educational delivery and emphasizes the integration and application of theory to practice.

The guiding philosophy of the program is that public affairs involves more than mere functional administration, policy implementation or quantitative policy analysis. Rather, doctoral education in public affairs requires an interface between the traditions of public management, decision science, and policy analysis and processes, with a practical appreciation for the challenges of maintaining and building institutions of governance and a civic culture in a complex, democratic society.

The PhD program in public affairs is a cohort program requiring 42 hours of coursework plus relevant doctoral dissertation hours. Well-prepared students may be able to complete the course requirements and the dissertation within three years from their initial enrollment. Students in each cohort take six hours of classes each fall, spring and summer semester, allowing them to complete the core courses and electives in seven consecutive semesters of enrollment.