There are four emphasis areas available for MPA Graduate Students:
1. Public Management
2. Public Policy
3. Health Care Administration
4. Criminal Justice
Dual, Combined, or Interdisciplinary Emphases are considered on a case by case basis.
The dual emphasis in public management and public policy analysis is designed for those who work for, or plan to work for, both executive and legislative agencies of local, state and federal government; for private, nonprofit organizations; and in government relations units of private corporations. It combines the basic tools of public management with the capability to analyze the effects of a broad range of actual or hypothetical government policies. It provides an understanding of the structure and processes of public organizations, the history and context of the field of public administration, and emphasizes the application of economic analysis and other quantitative and qualitative methods to Alaska and national policy issues. This dual emphasis requires an additional 9 credits.
Various additional dual emphasis areas may be created by combining individual emphasis areas. Interested students should speak with their advisor.