The general purpose of the master of public administration degree is the training of men and women at the graduate level for public service careers. Specifically, the program strives to:
equip students with modern analytic and quantitative tools of decision making and their application to complex problems of government and nonprofit organizations;
expose students to the wide range of administrative and managerial problems and responsibilities in the public sector; and
increase the student's knowledge and skills in the particular management functions of budgeting, planning, public policy formulation, public finance, public personnel administration, and collective bargaining.
The Department of Public Management in the College of Business hosts a chapter of the Public Administration Honorary Society (Pi Alpha Alpha). The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration awarded the chapter to the university in 2003 after a rigorous examination of the quality of UNH's Public Administration program.
The program requires 42 graduate credits for the M.P.A. degree.