Core Courses and Seminars

The sequence of core courses and seminars takes place in 3 terms:

  • Fall Term (October - December),
  • Winter Term (January - February),
  • Spring Term (March - April).


Core Courses

The MPA program is organized around three cornerstones, which represent the competences required of a global manager.


Managing and Innovating

  • Context of Public Institutions
  • Public Management for Competitiveness
  • Managing Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Strategic Public Management

This sequence is focused on a detailed understanding of the innovating process as a critical factor for the development of the public sector. Specific attention is given to the decision-making process and to competitiveness, both useful abilities to manage and innovate in administrative affairs.


Measuring and Evaluating

  • Quantitative Analysis for Public Managers
  • Evidence-Based Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Performance Management and Control
  • Economic Prospects
  • Public Budgeting & Finance Management


Measuring the value produced by an organization is the starting point to understand the opportunities it faces and the investments it can sustain. Starting from a thorough understanding of public budgeting and finance, the second sequence provides you tools for measurement and evaluation, useful for managers in the public sector.


Leading People and Processes

  • Managing Organizations and Motivating People
  • Operations Strategy & Management
  • Economics for Public Decisions
  • Project Management
  • Public Organizations & Processes

The core competences of an organization lie in smart people and in effective and efficient organizational processes. This sequence aims to understand how to design the organization, fuel it with the energy of smart and committed people, and orchestrate a system of incentives that aims to both exploit existing competences and explore new scenarios.



Modern managers succeed because of their competences and also because of their soft skills and values. The ability to communicate, manage teams and projects, comply with rules, regulations, and social norms are all fundamental elements that complement the competence sphere and that are covered by this sequence of seminars. The values that inspire a manager are also a crucial element in the development of public fields.


In the seminars you will address the following topics:

  • Sharing Economy
  • Power Relations
  • Transparency in Government
  • Make and MPA Wish
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethics & Citizenship.