Department of Public Administration announces Master’s Program Curriculum Change

February 20, 2020

MPA Students in front of LA State Capitol

MPA Students

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Department of Public Administration has changed the curriculum for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to improve the efficiency in delivering core competencies and allow for greater student flexibility. Effective August 2020, the original program, which was a 45-hour degree program with 33 hours of core classes and 12 elective hours, will change to 36 hours, including 27 hours of a core curriculum and nine hours of electives.

“As a program accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), we are continuously exploring opportunities to improve and build upon the strengths of our MPA program,” said Jared Llorens, professor and chair of LSU’s MPA department. “We believe that our new curriculum revisions will ultimately allow us to more efficiently and effectively deliver the core competencies outlined by NASPAA in our accreditation standards and position us for continued growth and advancement.”

The modifications will optimally structure the program to provide necessary competencies to lead and manage public service organizations and to contribute to the public policy process, both globally and nationally. MPA Alumni go on to work in government, nonprofit organizations, and private entities that deal with governmental agencies and public entities and public policy issues.

Incoming students are automatically enrolled in the new curriculum. Current students in the program and any students with questions should consult Sarah Manguno, the program manager and MPA advisor. Please visit the website for a detailed table of the curriculum.

About the Department of Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a master's program that emphasizes management, public policy and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and health care organizations, and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. DPA’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business