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The MPA Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an interdisciplinary degree that builds professional knowledge and operating competence for managers of public and nonprofit agencies. The University of Utah MPA follow rigorous curricula that consist of integrated core and elective coursework, as well as practical administrative experience. While our Executive MPA is designed specifically for professionals with experience in public and/or nonprofit service, our evening MPA serves pre and early-career students, as well as working professionals of any level or experience.

NASPAA Accredited

The University of Utah's MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the global standard-setter for public service education. NASPAA’s twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service.  NASPAA accreditation signifies that a master's program in public affairs and administration has gone through a rigorous process of voluntary peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), and has met NASPAA's Standards for Professional Master's Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy, and Administration.


Accepting applications for Fall 2024.

Applications for domestic students are accepted through June 30th

Applications for international students are accepted through March 30th

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Flexible Class Schedules

We understand that life does not stop for school. The MPA evening program is designed for working students who wish to have the flexibility of evening, weekend, hybrid, or online classes. Many pursue their degree while working full-time, volunteering, or completing an internship.

Pursue Your Interests

We understand that MPA students have a wide array of academic & professional interests. That is why we give MPA students* the opportunity to take elective courses in other colleges & departments of the university, as long as the courses have a direct relationship with public administration. You can pursue your interests and passions, while still learning fundamental interdisciplinary skills in public policy, law, ethics, and leadership. 

Professional Experience in the Classroom

The MPA student body consists of both those that are seeking to enter a public or nonprofit career, and those who already have professional public service experience. Working students bring professional experience into the classroom that enriches the MPA curriculum and benefits those new to the world of public administration. The wide array of professional talent also allows students to make meaningful contacts and develop valuable professional networks.

Program Components

The University of Utah evening MPA consists of the following two primary components: course work and an internship.


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Last Updated: 3/26/24