Our two-year, interdisciplinary MPA program offers you unusual flexibility in selecting your courses and experiences. Unlike traditional MPA programs where students are given a regimented curriculum and take their coursework together in lock-step order, CIPA allows you to design your own program of study. Building on a foundation of coursework essential for all aspects of public affairs, you work with a faculty advisor to choose a concentration with a program of courses and experiences designed to be most meaningful to you.
You have eight, broad concentration options from which to choose:
- Economics and Financial Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Government, Politics, and Policy Studies
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- International Development Studies
- Public and Nonprofit Management
- Science, Technology and Infrastructure Policy
- Social Policy
At CIPA, you will also undertake substantive practical, hands-on work. In addition to taking coursework with an experiential component, you will complete one or more of the following options: an internship, an off-campus study program, the CIPA Public Service Exchange, or the CIPA Capstone Program. Through these programs, you will hone your professional abilities at the same time that you are gaining valuable experience.
With this combination of course work and experience, you will leave CIPA well-prepared for the next phase of your career.