The Executive MPA Program is intended for ambitious and talented individuals with substantial experience in public and nonprofit organizations. Courses make use of work experience to integrate theory and practice in the classroom.
A Work-Centered Curriculum and Course Schedule
The curriculum has been designed to reflect the way problems realistically present themselves in the work setting. For example, students are encouraged to work closely with their supervisors and fellow employees to select course projects and papers that will benefit their own organization.
Courses have been sequenced across the academic year to even out the workload and enable degree completion within less than two years. Participants will advise the faculty in scheduling course electives that are most important to their career development. Class sessions are held on Saturdays (every 2-3 weeks) at Portland State University, Portland. See attached previous Cohorts' schedules for more details.
A Cohort Learning Experience
Students move through the program requirements as a group of peers, or cohort. The cohort experience provides program participants with both the opportunity and obligation to learn together and from each other. Students are able to benefit from a high-level of peer camaraderie and the rich and varied experiences of their fellow cohort members. Each cohort also has a mentor and program coordinator to assist students throughout the program.
Field Experiences - Washington, DC and International
All students participate in a week-long field experience in Washington, DC, and a week-long field experience in an international setting. Past locations include Seoul, South Korea, Hanoi, Vietnam and Lanzhou, China.
High Level of Student Support
Center for Public Service staff assist students with program-related issues including registration, parking, book orders, and other issues to ensure a supportive learning environment.