What is an MPA?

An MPA is a Master of Public Administration. The interdisciplinary degree:


• builds professional knowledge and operating competence for the experienced public administrator or the student seeking a career as a manager in public or nonprofit agencies.

 enhances general public management skills

• helps the student develop special depth in a particular administrative area, policy field, or level of government.


The MPA is conferred by the Department of Political Science and administered by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute