Concentrations

First breadth, then depth

In addition to a rigorous core of courses that convey fundamental lessons in management, economics, statistical analysis and law, as an MPA student, you'll also pursue a concentration—an area of specialization—that appeals to your specific interests. Your specialization options are numerous and varied. It is in one of our 12 concentrations that you'll be able to grow your passion into professional expertise.

You can also work with one of our advisors to create a specialized concentration or you might focus on research by pursuing our thesis option.

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Top-ranked curriculum

SPEA offers top-ranked curriculum areas and the #1 MPA Program in the nation.

  • #1 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #1 Nonprofit Management
  • #1 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • #2 Public Management Administration
  • #4 Public Policy Analysis
  • #8 Health Policy and Management
  • #11 Local Government Management
  • #13 International Global Policy and Administration

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