About the Program Public Administration (MPA)
The MPA Program at Barry University focuses on research and scholarship in the public and nonprofit sectors. Scholarship is the pursuit of knowledge and truth, which resonates with the authentic Dominican heritage of our institution. The pursuit of truth necessitates a steadfast commitment to establishing an inclusive and collaborative society working toward the public good.
Consistent with the Barry University mission, the faculty in the MPA program remains committed to the highest academic standards in graduate and professional education. The MPA curriculum focuses on the public and nonprofit sectors, and other organizations that serve a public purpose. The MPA, considered to be the terminal professional degree for practitioners in the public and nonprofit sectors, identifies and applies traditional and evolving theories and practices (Praxis) in the workplace.
The MPA program provides students with the theories, principles, and practices of public service, instilling in students a commitment to inclusivity, collaboration, and social justice.
Hallmarks of the Program
Focus on Effectiveness
You will learn to apply research methods and techniques to determine organizational and program effectiveness. You will be able to use administrative and leadership theories and best practices to determine effectiveness in the workplace.
You will learn to evaluate public planning theories and practices for substantive and equitable change.
The program teaches you how to analyze the rule of law in administrative procedures, and the outcomes of public administration rulemaking, ultimately helping you apply theories and principles of public administration within existing frameworks.
If you are interested in the nonprofit sector, you can earn a Specialization in Nonprofit Administration. Part of the MPA program, the specialization provides the distinctive administrative skills necessary for success in nonprofit organizations.