The careers and achievements of more than 2,500 alumni offer testimony to the curriculum of the school. Alumni vouch for the way the coursework has served them over a lifetime of service in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The core curriculum consists of classes in four streams—public policy, public management, public sector economics, and data analysis. The additional elective offerings assist students in honing in on their research or policy interests. The coursework is designed to teach analytical and managerial skills that are relevant to numerous career fields. Below are example courses that students take in the MPA program.

Sample Syllabi

Past Glenn College syllabi are a helpful way to learn more about course structures and workloads. The syllabi under this section are historical examples and are not substitutes for current courses. Core courses, electives, skills, and Capstones are all included. For current syllabi, please consult with the instructor of your class or Carmen.


Sample Syllabi

Elective Offerings for Graduate Students

The Glenn College offers over 30 electives in various policy and topic areas. Offering patterns vary based on popularity, however, courses should be offered at least once in a two-year cycle. Please consult with your advisor on questions related to offering patterns or creating an individualized course of study.


Elective Offerings

Capstone Requirement

The objective of the capstone course is to provide an environment in which students integrate, synthesize and apply the knowledge, skills, and perspectives acquired in the MPA or MA core curriculum to a real world public policy or management problem. This document will outline all of the requirements and expectations of the Capstone Course.


Capstone Courses


Capstone Requirement



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