Expected Student Competencies

ECU MPA Competencies, Grouped by NASPAA Competency Domains

Endorsed by MPA Advisory Board (April 12, 2021)

Lead and manage in public governance

  • Understand the difference between management and leadership
  • Develop and execute basic human resource functions
  • Identify and describe basic budgeting concepts
  • Work effectively as a member of a team
  • Apply public management organization theories

Participate in, and contribute to, the public policy process

  • Demonstrate understanding of budget processes
  • Demonstrate understanding of the policy process
  • Identify the relevant stakeholders and their relationships to the issues at hand
  • Demonstrate understanding of various dimensions of public policy problems

Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make evidence-informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment

  • Perform financial condition analysis
  • Present the results of statistical analyses
  • Identify and use quality data sources
  • Articulate and apply appropriate methods for analyzing a public policy or management problem

Articulate and apply a public service perspective

  • Behave ethically and with integrity
  • Distinguish public from non-public issues
  • Identify and analyze ethical dilemmas relevant to serving the public
  • Articulate and apply methods for measuring and managing performance

Communicate and interact productively and in culturally responsive ways with a diverse and changing workforce and society at large

  • Communicate effectively in writing
  • Communicate effectively in speech
  • Apply concepts of social equity to public service within both organizations and communities