Lead in a City, County, State, or National Governmental Position

The IU South Bend MPA-governmental administration and policy master’s program concentration encompasses both theoretical foundations and practical, analytical skills training that build competencies needed to successfully assume a government leadership and policy-making position. Our MPA degree draws upon studies in economics, sociology, political science, management, and other such disciplines to equip graduates for the wide range of challenges inherent in public service.

  • Complete 24 credit hours of master of public affairs courses,12 credit hours focused specifically on governmental administration and policy, and 3 hours of electives.
  • Attend evening classes that accommodate the schedules of working adults and graduate in as little as 2 years.
  • Earn a highly practical degree that can lead to a managerial role in a government or public service department

Public Management Certificate Available

Public Management is also available as a 15-hour program (5 courses) that leads to a graduate certificate, not a master’s degree. This Certificate program is designed for students who seek a short course in management in order to supplement their professional expertise or prepare them for a new managerial role.

MPA Degree Master's and Certificate Requirements

MPA government administration and policy program concentration highlights

  • Gain exposure to contemporary issues surrounding public policy formation and gain skills of analysis and evaluation that will be invaluable assets in a leadership position.
  • Study with professors who hold the highest degrees in their fields and who are respected authorities in the area of public affairs.
  • Learn from visiting professionals from the public sector who possess a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of public service
  • Complete a comprehensive capstone project that incorporates the scope of your master’s education in lieu of writing a master’s thesis.
  • Pursue opportunities to work alongside your professors on their research projects.
  • Attend small classes that typically includes 15-20 students, which allow your professors to get to know you well and provide valuable mentoring.
  • Explore the mid-career credit opportunity that may award from 1-6 graduate credit hours for work already completed in the area of governmental administration and policy.

Interesting MPA courses you may take

Public Policy – Explore the dynamics of public policy, with an emphasis on actors, problem solving, analytical challenges, and politics.

Comparative Public Management and Affairs – Gain a better understanding of the world, and an outward-looking approach to innovation, through analysis of organizations, and policy processes in a range of countries.

Topics in Public Affairs – Research and discuss topics and issues in public affairs. Topics vary from semester to semester.

More about IU South Bend’s MPA courses

Career Outlook for Government Public Service.

The broad-based MPA degree equips graduates to compete in several areas of public service. State and local governments, which rank among the largest employers in the current economy, are expected to increase their position openings by eight percent over the decade. In addition, a growing interest in social and environmental policy, including immigration, will drive demand up in this career field. For more information, go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

MPA Program Admissions Requirements