MPA Program of Study

Conceptual Framework for the MPA Program


The Master of Public Administration Program prepares deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals to lead in public sector and non-profit organizations with a sense of direction, to focus on results, to develop others' capability to perform, and to serve with integrity.


The Master of Public Administration Program is the premier graduate program in the United States and throughout the World for preparing deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals who work with deaf and hard of hearing colleagues, to manage and lead in public sector organizations. Our vision for the program is driven by a set of core values. 

  • We value learner-centered teaching and learning. We collaborate with our students to help them design a personalized program of studies that will support their aspirations to move up into managerial and leadership positions in their organizations. 
  • We value direct communication between faculty and students. We also seek to admit students who already possess sign communication skills so they can communicate directly with their peers in classes, on campus, at work, and in social events. Students without sign language skills will be required to take sign language courses as part of their program of study. 
  • We value diversity defined in its broadest sense to include diversity of gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, age, hearing status, among other dimensions of diversity. In valuing diversity, we expect our faculty, staff, and students to interact with each other with a high degree of civility while at the same time enforcing ethical codes of conduct that do not tolerate bigotry, hatred, violence (verbal or physical), character assassination, rumor-mongering, and illegality.
  • We value the highest principles of professional and academic integrity among our faculty and students. We strictly enforce professional and academic codes of conduct, including academic integrity policies and procedures.
  • We value a culture of teaching and learning. We take these twin dynamics seriously and we assess student learning outcomes to ensure that we are living up to this value.
  • We value faculty members who are teachers first and researchers second. We recognize that it is the teaching and learning process that will enable our students to develop or enhance their managerial and leadership knowledge and skills. Because of this value we expect our faculty members to be highly effective classroom teachers.
  •  We value faculty members who have up-to-date knowledge and skills. Maintaining state of the art knowledge requires our faculty to engage in scholarly activities that create research projects, books, articles, and other media. Maintaining state of the art skills requires our faculty to participate in professional development opportunities such as workshops, advanced graduate courses, and attending national conferences.

 Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

 The MPA degree program is designed to help students satisfy a set of "universal required competencies" developed by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). These competencies drive the program's mission and they clearly support public service values. The required competencies are organized as five domains.

  •  Domain 1-Leadership and Management: Students will demonstrate the ability to lead and manage in public governance;
  •  Domain 2-Public Policy Process: Students will demonstrate the ability to participate in and contribute to the policy process;
  •  Domain 3-Critical Thinking and Decision-Making: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  •  Domain 4-Public Service Advocacy: Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and apply a public service perspective; and,
  •  Domain 5-Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Course-Specific Student Learning Outcomes

 The program of study for the MPA degree is 40 credits. Each course in the program will have 3-5 course-specific student learning outcomes with accompanying learning opportunities, and learning targets.

Student-Selected Learning Outcomes

 The program is also designed to comply with principles of learner-centered teaching and learning. Students are advised to design a Personal Learning Plan soon after they are admitted to the program. That plan should include student-selected learning outcomes that must be clearly aligned with the program-level and course-specific learning outcomes.MPA Program of Study

Program of Study

Total Program is 40 credits long

Required Courses

  1. MPA 710: Introduction to Public Administration
  2. MPA 713: Budgeting in Public Sector and Non-Profit Organizations
  3. MPA 714: Strategic Leadership and Management
  4. MPA 715: Economics for Managers
  5. MPA 716: Quality Management in Public Sector and Non-Profit Organizations
  6. MPA 717: Capstone Experience in Public Administration
  7. MPA 796: Executive Communication Skills
  8. MPA 837: Interpersonal and Group Behavior in Organizations
  9. MPA 838: Organization Development and the Management of Change
  10. MPA 860: Ethics in Management
  11. GSP 700: Culture and Language (a 1 credit course required of all graduate students)

 Required Credit Hours Sub-Total = 31 Credits

 Elective Courses

 Students have five options for taking electives:

  1. Existing courses within Gallaudet University.
  2. Courses in the Washington, DC Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
  3. The Federal Office of Personnel Management's Eastern Management Development Center (for students employed by the Federal Government).
  4. If a student is a "simultaneous degree" student (which means working toward two degrees at the same time) at Gallaudet he or she may use 9 credits (three courses approved by the MPA advisor) from his or her first program of study to satisfy the MPA elective course requirement.
  5. Students may also create a specialty concentration by taking all of their electives in a particular field of study; e. g., gerontology, change leadership, policy studies, or government.

Available Elective Courses at Gallaudet University

  1. MPA 711: Basics of Management
  2. MPA 712: Decision Support Systems for Managers
  3. MPA 780: Human Resource Management 
  4. MPA 794: Successful Grant Writing: From Ideas to Proposals
  5. MPA 795: Special Topics
  6. MPA 810: Public Policy and Persons With Disabilities
  7. MPA 821: Issues in the Administration of Programs for People with Disabilities
  8. MPA 834: Program Development and Evaluation in Special Education and Human Services
  9. MPA 839: Organization Theory and Design
  10. MPA 841: Redesigning Organizations

Elective credit hour sub-total = 9 credits

Total program credit hours = 40 credits

The Simultaneous Degree Option

Students enrolled in other graduate programs at Gallaudet University may enroll in the MPA program as a "simultaneous degree." This policy allows the MPA program faculty to review a student's program of study in his or her other program to identify a maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) that can be applied to meet the MPA degree requirements. This application of credit hours from the other program reduces the student's MPA program of study to 31 credits.

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