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Policy Analysis


Includes public budgeting and financial administration, governmental accounting, program evaluation and productivity improvement, and policy analysis.


15 credits of electives are required. Students are welcome to take elective courses outside of the Public Administration (PADMN) departmentWhen choosing courses, please send a copy of the syllabus to the program manager for approval. The program manager will determine if the course has a tie to public administration. Also stay updated with MPA program schedules, as we also offer various elective courses.

Elective Courses

Recommended Course: Public Policy Theory and Application (PADMN 6320, Fall)

The following are examples of graduate-level policy analysis courses that are offered by other colleges and departments.

This is NOT a mandatory elective list, but rather an example of what types of courses students can explore. Suggested courses would be centered around public policy and statistics. Please remember that all courses and instructors are subject to change. 


PADMN 6323     Policy Analysis

PUBPL 6563       Program and Policy Evaluation

PUBPL  6290      Applied Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy



 Name: Robert Spendlove

Current Employer: Zions Bank and Utah Legislature

Job Title: Zions Bank - Economic and Public Policy Officer

Utah Legislature - State Representative

Year of Graduation: 2004




How has obtaining an MPA degree from the University of Utah helped you in your career?  My MPA degree from the University of Utah was an essential part of my career success. It gave me the perspective and insight to understand the implications of public policy choices on federal, state, and local governments, as well as on those outside of government.

What skills learned from your classes, or courses in general, were most important in your career development?  Overall, the most important skills I learned was to always consider all sides of issues being discussed by policy makers. Government actions affect many people and must be carefully studied before implementation.  I also learned about the fundamental differences between the for-profit business world and the environment in which nonprofit and government entities operate.  In order to be successful in the arena of public administration it is essential to understand the different roles of government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations.

What advice would you give to incoming students?  Begin with the end in mind. Understand why you want an advanced degree and what you want to do with it.  However, also be willing to be flexible when necessary.  Opportunities don’t always fit into preconceived plans.  When these opportunities come up, jump on them and take advantage of them!



Name: Nichol Bordeaux

Current Employer: Utah Transit Authority

 Job Title: Manager of Local Government Relations and Programs


"My favorite MPA class was the Policy Analysis course. Professor Lina Svedin challenged the class to dissect complex policy issues in order to gain practical experience in presenting these issues to decision-making leadership.  The experience gained in this particular class has helped my career immensely.  Since graduating from the program, I have moved to positions where I have had to present complex issues to leadership in a succinct manner.  I credit any success in my presentations to the Policy Analysis course."


Last Updated: 1/24/17