The MPA program is designed to be a part-time program for working adults. All classes meet for full days on weekends, with each course consisting of five class sessions. Students become part of a group that meets on Saturdays and remains together for the duration of the program. Core courses relate to the needs of those intending to serve in administrative and managerial roles in health care, non-profit, and criminal justice organizations.
Elective courses include public sector budgeting and accounting, legal and regulatory issues, computer applications, and specialty topics in health care, non-profit, and criminal justice management. Students who follow the prescribed course sequence can expect to complete the program in 15 months, including two summers of academic work.