Prepare for leadership roles in public or nonprofit organizations with a Master of Public Administration degree. The programs offers courses that focus on timely and critical topics such as city and county management, economic development and growth management, managing a nonprofit organization, and emergency and disaster planning, among others. The M.P.A. program teaches time-tested management theories for real-world application. With a strong network of more than 1,400 alumni, this is the state’s best public administration master’s program (city management and urban policy), according to U.S. News & World Report and it ranks 8th nationally. The M.P.A. offers many opportunities for meaningful, hands-on research.