Graduate Programs

Preparing Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Professionals in Public Sector and Non-Profit Organizations to Lead with a Sense of Direction, Focus on Results, Develop Others' Capability to Perform, and Serve with Integrity

MPA Capability

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals working in public sector and non-profit organizations; for example, local, state, and federal government agencies, and non-profit organizations, who work with or supervise deaf colleagues. The program is designed for professionals with at least one year of paid employment in a public sector or non-profit organization who can communicate using American Sign Language or who are willing to learn American Sign Language as part of their program of study. This is not a Master of Business Administration program for professionals working in for-profit businesses. The program may also be taken as a simultaneous degree by students enrolled in other graduate programs within Gallaudet University.

The MPA program is especially valuable for those professionals who work with or supervise people with disabilities. Gallaudet University, as the world's only liberal arts university, is uniquely positioned to help students learn about the challenges of working with or supervising people with disabilities within the context of leadership and management. This learning is particularly important for professionals working in the Federal Government where there is an Executive Order for all federal agencies to do more to help federal employees with targeted disabilities to advance within the federal ranks.

The United States Office of Personnel Management's Center for Leadership Development and Gallaudet's Master of Public Administration program have created a partnership that will allow federal employees to apply for admission to the MPA program. If accepted into the MPA program those federal employees will be able to take up to three of their elective courses through the OPM's Center for Leadership Development and then transfer those courses into their MPA program of study. For further information about this special relationship with the OPM please contact the MPA Program Director. 

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