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Why an MPA Degree at the U?

What makes the University of Utah's MPA program worth it? The program has many strengths that will afford you a fulfilling academic experience: 


  • Flexible Class Schedules

We understand that life does not stop for school. We help students achieve a balance between work, family, and graduate school. The MPA 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 Academic & Professional Interests

We understand that MPA students have a wide array of academic & professional interests. That is why we give MPA Evening 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. 

Executive MPA Program does not include elective courses


  • Professional Experience in the Classroom

The MPA student body consists of both those that are seeking to enter a public sector career, and those who already have professional experience in the public sector. These working students bring professional experience into the classroom that enriches the MPA curriculum and benefits students that are new to the world of public administration. The wide array of professional talent also allows students to make meaningful contacts and increase professional networking opportunities.


  • Affordable, High-Quality Education 

 In 2016, Value Colleges ranked the Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs that "will pay off in the long and short run, with strong job market prospects and high ROI." The University of Utah MPA program was ranked 4th in the nation!


  • Outstanding Amenities and Recreation in Salt Lake City and Beyond

Visit the Why Utah page to learn about the outstanding amenities and recreational opportunities offered by the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, Utah, and the Mountain West.




                                    Political Science Ph.D. alumnus Morgan Shepherd: Buckskin Gulch (top left), MPA alumna Jan Bents: Green

                                                               River (top right), MPA alumnus Todd Andersen: Monument Valley (bottom)

Last Updated: 4/1/21