Public Administration - Executive, EMPA

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The EMPA is a 19-month, online graduate degree program which also features three-day face-to-face executive sessions in both Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The program is a collaboration between the School of Public Affairs and the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

The Executive Master of Public Administration program is designed for public sector leaders throughout the world. Students participate in the program as part of a learning cohort, and the one-course-at-a-time online structure enables them to maintain a work and life balance as they immerse in each topic. The learning experience begins with an orientation and executive session in Phoenix. Approximately one year later, the class reconvenes in Washington, D.C., for a second executive session. The executive master's degree program ends in Phoenix, where students present their applied projects.

The ASU Executive Master of Public Administration program enables students to expand the breadth and depth of their professional network. The online curriculum attracts a more geographically diverse pool of applicants from around the world. The executive sessions in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., further enable students to develop deeper relationships with their classmates.

Executive Master of Public Administration students are selected based on their ability to demonstrate the value they would add to the learning experience of the entire class, and a new cohort begins each year.

Program Offered

Public Administration - Executive, EMPA

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (27 credit hours)
PAF 504 Microeconomics of Public Policy I (3) or TGM 581 Negotiating in a Global Context (3)
PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)
PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics, and Leading Public Change (3)
PAF 582 E-Public Administration (3)
PAF 585 Strategic Planning for Public Sector Leaders (3)
PAF 586 Data Analytics for the Public Good (3)
PAF 587 Federal Budgeting and Tax Policy (3)
PAF 588 Global Public Policy (3)
PAF 589 Leadership in Public Organizations (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
PAF 593 Applied Project (3)

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