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  • "As an immigrant from Belize in Central America, I am proud to say I made the best decision when I chose Roosevelt University. My Roosevelt education has given me the ability to understand how our government works, the legislative process, but most importantly the ability to be a critical thinker and writer. My coursework at the University has also strengthened my commitment to serve in my community."

    Durla Francisco from Belize, MPA degree (2009)

MPA degree: Master of Public Administration

The Pre-Master's Program leads to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, that has been taught at Roosevelt University since 1964.

The MPA degree program at Roosevelt University is designed to meet the needs of practicing and aspiring administrators within government (local, state and federal), health services, and nonprofit sectors. The mission of the program is to prepare current and future administrators in government, nonprofit, and health service organizations to be socially conscious, ethical, and innovative leaders.

MPA degree curriculum (36 credits)

Core Courses

Public Service in the United States
Introduction to theory and practice of public administration in the US. Emphases on US governmental structure and processes, nature and theory of complex service organizations, and current trends with future directions of public service management.

Management Practices for Public Service
Management competencies relevant for public, health, environmental, criminal justice, and nonprofit organizations. Overview of management concepts, theories, models, and techniques in managing change, supervision, communication, ethics, and organization.

Quantitative Methods
Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Computer applications that support the presentation and analysis of quantitative data and the role of computers in information systems management.

Human Resource Management
Skills, techniques, and practices used in public health, environmental, criminal justice, and nonprofit organizations. Topics include organizing, staffing, the personnel function, merit systems, labor relations, equal employment opportunity, workplace diversity, and employee rights.

Public Budgeting
Concepts, methods, and processes of financial management with an emphasis on the public sector. Topics include budget preparation, financial analysis, organization of the finance function, pricing of services, taxes and other revenue sources, and financial reporting.

Research and Evaluation Methods
Methods and concepts for program and policy analysis including problem formulation, research design, and data collection methods. Emphasis on management skills of needs assessment, program design, implementation, evaluation, and cost analysis.

Capstone Course for Public Administration
Application of the "real world" to the material and techniques acquired in previous MPA course work. Students apply public policy and management theories to leadership and managerial problems in a selected case.

Internship or Service-Learning: Students take either one course designated as a service-learning course, or participate in an approved internship.


All students are required to declare a concentration upon entering the MPA degree program. A concentration comprises a minimum of 3 courses in the subject area. Your concentration choice should directly relate to your immediate and long-range career plans.

Health Services Management
Courses in management issues of health funding access, differentiated needs of various user populations, role of interest groups, administration of health services to senior citizens, policy implementation, and ethical implications of healthcare policy.

Government Management
This concentration is for students who are seeking to begin or further their careers as government administrators. Students in this concentration may emphasize government management, local government policy and politics, or criminal justice.

Non-profit Management
Designed for practicing and aspiring administrators of nonprofit organizations. Students in this concentration take courses that focus on the history, legal structure, strategic planning and program management in the non-profit sector.

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    NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH for a master's?

    To study these master's degrees at Roosevelt University in Chicago, you need an official English test score of:

    • TOEFL 80 iBT (minimum 17 in writing)
    • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing)
    If you have not taken a TOEFL or IELTS exam, or have a lower level of English, you can first join the Pre-Master's Program, to prepare for a master's.

    Pre-Master's Program
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    Offers courses in subjects including politics, public administration, international relations, globalization, government and non-profit management, and legal studies.  

    The department's distinguished faculty has both academic and applied experience. Their research and consulting allow them to bring a professional perspective into the classroom. Above all, they are teachers who are as passionate about their students' success as they are about their subject areas.