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North Carolina State University, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

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Institutional Structure: TO COME

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Program Summary


University: North Carolina State University

Location: Raleigh, NC, USA

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "To develop principled and skilled public service professionals who fulfill leadership roles within governmental and non-profit organizations. Our focus is on practical and problem-solving skills and emphasizes public service values including efficiency, effectiveness, equity and accountability” (at, accessed 3 September 2014). "The school seeks to provide a generalist management education for individuals interested in working in the public interest, and who seek to advance in the public or non-profit sectors." (From MPA student handbook at, accessed 3 September 2014).

Degrees Awarded per Year: 98 students enrolled for Fall 2013, with an 80% full-time five-year completion rate. (Since its first class of two students in 1969, the school has graduated over 1100 MPA students; at, accessed 3 September, 2014).

Academic Unit within University: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Ph.D. in Public Administration (N.B. The school offers the only Ph.D in public administration in the state of North Carolina); Political Science B.A. and B.S. degrees are also administered via the school. MPA candidates can also pursue multiple Masters’ degrees simultaneously, and the school offers a JD/MPA with Campbell University’s Wiggins School of Law.

Posted Tuition: Approximately $9,400 USD for North Carolina residents, approximately $22,000 USD for nonresidents (At, accessed 3 September 2014).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  Students complete 18 credit hours of required courses, 22 credit hours of electives, and a 3 credit internship (unless exempted; see below). Neither required courses nor electives are divided into concentrations – the program is broad in scope and permits students to take courses in a variety of disciplines and academic units.

Duration: 2 years (full-time)

Academic Prerequisite: Two undergraduate political science or public policy courses (at least one in American government), a microeconomics course, and an intermediate course in statistics.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14.3

Number of Required Courses: 9 (including internship worth one-semester course equivalent)

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 5.3

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 58

Comprehensive Examination: Yes

Thesis Required: No, but available.

Internship Required: Yes, but can be waived if the candidate possesses 1 year of full time public sector experience.

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes – small career information webpage available for students seeking internships.

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No, although some courses involve hands-on projects (e.g. interviewing public sector employees).

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: Full course listing available at

Course Material Online: Syllabi for core courses and for some electives is available at Course descriptions are available at

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.


NC State


I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods





Source: At and related sites (accessed 5 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 5 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 2 October 2014 and by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases

NC State MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PA 513- Public Organization Behavior (R)
  PA 514- Management Systems (R)
  PA 535- Problem Solving for Public and Nonprofit Managers
  PA 761- Foundation of Public Administration
  PA 762- Public Organization Theory
  PA 770- Contemporary Public Management

 Economic Analysis

  PA 509- Applied Political Economy

 Quantitative Methods

  PA 515- Research Methods and Analysis (R)
  PA 715- Quantitative Policy Analysis
  PA 765- Quantitative Research in Public Administration
  PA 766- Advanced Quantitative Research in Public Administration
  PA 803- Advanced Research Design

 Analytic Methods

  PA 525- Organizational Development and Change Management
  PA 553- Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management and Policy
  PA 541- Geographic Information Systems for Public Administration

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  PA 501- Effective Writing for Public Managers
  PA 601- Effective Public Communications (R)
  PA 640- Grantwriting

 Professional Practice

  PA 580- Independent Study
  PA 635- Readings and Research
  PA 650- Internship in Public Affairs (R)
  PA 651- Advanced Practical Training
  PA 685- Master's Supervised Teaching
  PA 696- Summer Thesis Research
  PA 780- Independent Study
  PA 835- Readings and Research

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PA 507- The Public Policy Process
  PA 508- Government & Public Administration (R)
  PA 545- Administrative Law
  PA 763- Public Policy Process
  PA 798- Special Topics in Public Administration and Policy
  PA 810- Special Topics in Public Administration
  PA 598- Special Topics in Public Administration

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PA 510- Ethics and Professional Practice (R)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PA 522- Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
  PA 523- Municipal Law

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PA 512- The Budgetary Process (R)
  PA 530- Financial Management in the Public Sector
  PA 538- Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management
  PA 539- Fund Development
  PA 764- Budgeting and Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PA 311- Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  PA 511- Public Policy Analysis (R)
  PA 546- Seminar in program Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  PA 332- Human Resource Management in Public Sector
  PA 531- Human Resource Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

  PA 532- Contract Negotiation and Mediation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PA 771- Seminar on Nonprofit Organizations
  PA 536- Management of NonProfit Organizations

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PA 420- State and Local Economic Development Policy
  PA 520- Seminar in Urban Management
  PA 521- Government and Planning

 Environment and Sustainability

  PA 550- Environmental Policy

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

  PA 410- Public Administration for Police Supervisors
  PA 411- Managing Police Organizational Behavior
  PA 412- Management Skills & Practices for Police Supervision
  PA 555- Administration of Criminal Justice

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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