Learn how to make a difference in the running of cities, counties, and states.
The Master of Public Management (MPM) is offered to students interested in careers in public sector management. Specifically, this program was created for managers of public agencies and those who implement policy at municipal, regional, and state levels. Courses are offered in a blended format, combining face-to-face and online interaction to meet the scheduling needs of students. Housed in a vibrant Urban Studies Department, the MPM capitalizes on Worcester State University’s urban location and helps to develop public leaders for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.
This program has an interdisciplinary core faculty drawn from many academic disciplines including urban studies, sociology, political science, economics, management, and criminal justice.
A 3-course Action Research and Management Project Fieldwork component at the end of the program allows for real-life experience and a synthesis and evaluation of coursework.
- Online application with essay and application fee
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75
- 2 letters of recommendation from a professional or academic source
- Prerequisite courses: Introductory courses in principles of management, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and political science required; a course in financial accounting highly recommended
- Students may take up to 6 credits before matriculation
Program of Study
The Master’s in Public Management is a 12-course, 36-credit degree with the following curriculum:
10 required core courses:
- PM-901 Project Management for Public Organizations (3 credits)-
- PM-903 Economics for Policy Analysis (3 credits)
- PM-934 Ethics & Management of Human Resources (3 credits)
- PM-942 Organizational Theory (3 credits)
- PM-945 Financial Management for Public Organizations (3 credits)
- PM-949 Strategic Leadership & Planning for Public Organizations (3 credits)
- PM-951 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for Public Organizations (3 credits)
- PM-990 Action Research (3 credits)
- PM-980 Management Project Fieldwork I for Public Management (2 credits)
- PM-981 Management Project Fieldwork II for Public Management (4 credits)
2 elective courses selected from:
- PM-902 Internship (3 credits)
- PM-908 Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
- PM-940 Leadership Skills & Group Dynamics (3 credits)
- PM-944 Politics & Public Policy (3 credits)
- PM-946 Seminar in Program Analysis & Evaluation (3 credits)
- PM-950 Unions & the Public Sector (3 credits)
- PM-993 Public Relations for Public Organizations (3 credits)
- PM-994 Assigned Readings (3 credits)
- PM-996 Public Law (3 credits)