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Gannon University’s Master of Public Administration Program strives to give students the tools they need to be able to effectively solve problems and capture opportunities as a public administration professional. The mission of the MPA Program is to provide students with the vision, values and leadership skills required for successful professional and rewarding personal lives.

Public Administration is at the core of the discipline of political science. It involves the study of the management of governmental entities. It’s the who, when, where and how policies are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. It’s where campaign promises get carried out (or not).

Public administration is a rapidly changing field. In fact, the one thing that is constant is change. It is a field in which new ways of doing things are constantly being suggested. It is a field in which politics and values are always in flux. Public administrators are consistently being held to higher standards-to be accountable, to be ethical, to be efficient and effective, and to be responsive.

These recent dramatic changes in the worlds of politics, government, international relations, not-for-profits, and the private sector have cast a new light on the importance of leadership within the public sector.

The urgency for leadership studies and development has never been greater! A commitment to instilling qualities of leadership in students lies at the heart of a Gannon University education. The Mission Statement that drives University life promises to “offer each student a value-centered education... in order to prepare students for leadership roles in their careers, society and church.” That long-standing focus on leadership has become even more intense through development of new academic programs and scholarships that will uniquely position Gannon graduates to take leadership roles in fields that will be most in demand in the next century.

Political appointees of the past are rapidly being replaced by a new breed of public sector managers, more similar to executives, engineers, and accountants of the private sector. Governments, agencies, foundations, and authorities are seeking highly motivated individuals with communication, critical analysis, marketing, finance, strategic planning abilities, grant writing experience, program development capabilities, organizational skills, and the ability to solve problems creatively.
Outcomes of the Foundation Curriculum
Upon completion of the MPA Program, students should be able to:

- appreciate broader environmental and contextual backdrops acquire both theoretical and experiential perspectives leverage technology understand global cultures and concepts
- understand public policy valuate policy outputs understand strategic planning and budgeting understand basic legal principles affecting all facets of public administration
- understand the worlds of government, profits, and for nonprofits
- and how they interface act with integrity and ethics in all aspects of daily life interact with leaders and managers
Track I: Administrative Outcomes
Upon completion of this track, students should be able to:

- do accounting, financial management, marketing
- do quantitative analysis
- analyze financial data and prepare operating budgets
- collect data, understand statistical methodology, and analyze statistical data
- evaluate the effectiveness of on-going programs
- understand the concepts underlying the use of scarce resources
Track II: Organizational Leadership Track Outcomes
Upon completion of this track, students should be able to:

- solve problems creatively
- negotiate and bargain effectively
- lead, motivate, and empower others
- bring people to consensus
- prepare a strategic plan
- facilitate a visioning process
- communicate effectively in listening, speaking, and writing
- understand how leadership style affects the outcomes of policy implementation
- understand the importance of community leadership/trusteeship




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