Students develop their skills in persuasive written and oral communication, critical thinking and analytic reasoning, and teamwork and collaboration goals within their respective organizations.

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Professional Administration

The Master of Science in Leadership, concentration in Professional Administration (MSPA) program is designed for professionals who are ready to move to the next level. MSPA graduates take responsibility for the oversight of administrative processes, coordination, analysis and presentation of information, and supervision of human and financial resources in support of organizational goals.

The MSPA program will enable students to:

  • Identify and develop employee strengths to build effective teams
  • Understand and facilitate cross-functional roles and responsibilities
  • Generate organizational change plans to implement workplace improvement
  • Develop communication tactics and strategies
  • Resolve conflicts and manage a multi-generational and diverse workforce
  • Use technology to access, manage, create and communicate information
  • Recruit, hire, train and develop staff
  • Recognize the importance of professional ethics and legal responsibilities

The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.

— Charles de Montesquieu

Curriculum

The 36-credit curriculum combines practice with theory. Real-world problems provide the primary context for much of the learning. Faculty infuse student learning with current theory and research while emphasizing practical application.

  • Leadership Core (12 credits)
  • Professional Administration concentration courses (15 credits)
  • Graduate electives (9 credits)
  • There is no thesis requirement

Format

The academic year is structured with three semesters per year: a 15-week term in fall and spring and an eight-week term in summer. If you take two courses for the fall, spring and summer semesters, the degree can be completed in two years. Courses are entirely online. Students in the Pittsburgh area can also take courses on campus on alternating Saturdays.

As a student you'll have access to learning resources and support services including the Duquesne University Library, online writing center, and contact with faculty and advisors. You'll join a peer-learning network of people from the community and corporate, nonprofit, government and military sectors. As a graduate you'll join a network of more than 84,000 active alumni located around the globe.

Program Structure

As a student you'll have access to learning resources and support services including the Duquesne University Library, online writing center, and contact with faculty and advisors. You'll join a peer-learning network of people from the community and corporate, nonprofit, government and military sectors. As a graduate you'll join a network of more than 86,000 active alumni located around the globe.

The academic year is structured with three semesters per year: a 15-week term in fall and spring and an eight-week term in summer. If you take two courses for the fall, spring and summer semesters, the degree can be completed in two years. Courses are entirely online. Students in the Pittsburgh area can also take courses on campus on alternating Saturdays.