Master of Public Administration
We are very happy to announce that the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), found our Master of Public Administration program to be in conformity with NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) Standards, and has reaccredited our program for six years. Please join us in congratulating our MPA colleagues, and in thanking Susan Gaffney and Jun Zhao for their leadership in the reaccreditation process. This quality indicator is a testament to the great teamwork and contributions of faculty, staff, and community advisers as we continuously improve our programs and processes.
Classes are offered at various locations: GSU's Main Campus in University Park, around Chicago's Southland, at Triton College in River Grove and the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.
The mission of the Master of Public Administration program is to prepare students to serve effectively as citizens and as professional managers in the administrative branches of American governments (federal, state, and local).
The Public Administration faculty recognizes that these governments are complex systems designed for the purpose of realizing American ideals, of which there are several, and among which there are inherent tensions and partial contradictions. Accordingly, the primary emphasis of the M.P.A. program is to imbue the students with an understanding and respect for the formative, ethical, and political environment within which American public administration is conducted and the ability to apply sound reasoning (critical thinking) to develop viable solutions to problems within this environment. The program also teaches specific concepts, techniques, and skills of management in the public sector.
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Students in the MPA degree program have the option of studying on GSU's main campus in University Park, around the Chicago Southland or, for those who work in downtown Chicago, we offer coursework 'close to work, on the way home' at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street.
Visit the 2011 NASPAA site visit web page for CBPA's MPA program continuing accreditation.