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About the MPA Program

Mission Statement of the MPA Program

The Master of Public Administration Program's mission is to cultivate practical, research-oriented students for careers as reflective practitioners guided by democratic values, integrity, and service.

Program Objectives

Students will be prepared for careers as managers and leaders in public service if they are able to meet the following objectives (student learning outcomes).

  1. Students can demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  2. Students will demonstrate comprehension of public policy and program formation as well as the institutional and legal framework of public policy and management.
  3. Students can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively orally.
  4. Students can demonstrate the ability to see patterns and classify information, concepts and theories in public policy and administration.
  5. Students can demonstrate the ability to use reasoned arguments to judge evidence in public policy and management.

How Are We Doing?

Graduation Rate

Most of our full time students complete the MPA degree within two to two and one half years. The table below reflects our graduation rates within the time frames indicated for all students. Note that part time students may take longer to complete the degree.

Number of students initially enrolled in the 2014-2015 Cohort    

Graduated within 2 Years

Graduated within 3 Years

Graduated within 4 Years

Total Students Graduating and Persisting to Graduation

28 7 21 27 28

Learning Outcomes

Our program assesses the performance of our students every year using two methods of review. External reviewers and faculty evaluate student performance on a variety of criteria. The Outcomes Report for the 2019-2020 cycle can be found below.