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 Teaching: To prepare a diverse group of experienced and aspiring administrators in application of essential administrative competencies to public and nonprofit organizations, within political, legal, and ethical contexts. The program strives to expand opportunities for students to participate and lead in professional work and civic affairs, with strong legal standards, ethical commitment, compassion, and appreciation for the roles of other officials and community stakeholders in 21st century governance.

Research: Emphasizes the importance of faculty and students creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing insight that enhances our ability to govern in the public interest.

Service: Underscores our duty as faculty, staff, and students to devote time and expertise to our profession, communities, academic field, and university.


NASPAA Universal Required Competencies:

The ability:

  • to lead and manage in public governance
  • to participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  • to articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry


MPA Mission-Specific Required Competencies:

The ability:

  • to understand and articulate broadly defined ethical standards for decision making
  • to understand and articulate the legal foundations of public administration and policy
  • to develop awareness of approaches to leadership and the centrality of context to its effectiveness
  • to articulate an understanding of nonprofit administration and the roles in public governance


Last Updated: 1/26/17