It has long been recognized that governmental and not-for-profit managers need specialized training in public administration. This is particularly true in Western New York—where the State of New York is the region's largest single employer and where a sizeable voluntary and non-profit sector exists.
SUNY Buffalo State's Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (MPA) program provides an advanced course of study concentrating on the conceptual, technical, and professional education skills required for administrative and leadership positions.
Special emphasis is placed on the research and data analysis tools needed for modern management in the public and non-profit sectors.
The core program combines the theory and practice of public administration, public finance, management, quantitative and qualitative research, and a thorough grounding in intergovernmental relations.
The Public Administration Track, with courses in administrative law, comparative public administration, public policy, and other topical courses, is designed to prepare students for careers in public service. The Nonprofit Administration Track prepares students to effectively plan, develop, manage, evaluate, and lead nonprofit programs.
Scheduling is flexible to meet the needs of working professionals. Courses are offered via three formats: in-class after 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and occasionally on weekends; hybrid (combination of in-class and online; and web-based (no class meetings).
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