Public Administration and Urban Studies

Graduate Programs

Public Administration Masters Handbook

Department Course Catalog

The Master of Public Administration is a 39-credit-hour degree that prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit management. The program requires students to take 9 core courses (30 credit hours), 4 electives (15 credit hours), and an internship (3 credit hours). In consult with an advisor, a student may shape electives into a career focus either inside the department or with another department.

The combined Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration is 109-credit-hour degree for students seeking training in both the legal and public service fields. Students complete 11 courses (33 credit hours) in the MPA program and 76 credit hours in The University of Akron School of Law. Students must be accepted to both programs to participate.


There are four variations of the Certificate Program in Public Administration and Urban Studies. Each certificate requires the successful completion of 15 credit hours of required and elective coursework offered by the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, as specified below. 

  • Certificate in Public Management
  • Certificate in Non-Profit Management
  • Certificate in Policy Analysis
  • Certificate in Program Evaluation