department of political science

206 Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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M.P.A. Program


diverse students doing group work in a classroomOur philosophy is to encourage students to pursue their personal and professional interests while also working closely with the program’s MPA Director to develop a Program of Study in line with the student’s professional goals.

The course work covers critical areas for public managers and policy professionals at the national, state, local, or international levels, including program and policy analysis, budgeting and finance, public personnel administration, public ethics, administrative law, strategic decision-making and policy formulation and implementation.

Successful completion of the program requires 36 credits for students with sufficient preparation in political science, computer science, and statistics, including 21 credits of required core courses and a 6 credit internship. The internship credit requirement can be waived for students with appropriate work experience and completion of two additional elective courses. Electives for completing the degree are available from among the graduate level offerings at URI and RIC. Successful completion of written comprehensive exams is also required for graduation.

Core courses are offered at the Providence Campus in the following semesters:

Fall Semester

  • PSC 501: Administrative Theory
  • PSC 504: Ethics in Public Administration
  • PSC 506: Seminar in Budgetary Politics

Spring Semester

  • PSC 503: Problems in Public Personnel Administration
  • PSC 505: Public Program Evaluation
  • PSC 524: Seminar in Public Policy Problems
  • PSC 573: Administrative Law

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