Majors & Programs of Study

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the professional degree for individuals who want a public service career in management. The degree program develops the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems while addressing organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges. Southern Utah University’s MPA can be completed in person or online.
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  • Small classes ensure you will know your professors and fellow students on a more personal level than you will in almost any other MPA program.
  • SUU is included in the Princeton Review’s Top Business Schools in the U.S. and U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Universities- Master’s” regional listings.
  • For the last three years, 99% of those graduates searching for employment were placed within six months of graduation.


City Manager, Courts Administrator, Administration in the local, state, and federal governments, Administration in nonprofit organizations, Agency director, Policy analysts, Diplomat, Business executive, Consultant, Urban planning, Environmental specialists, Public finance specialists and Non-profit executive.


  • Assistantships, internships and scholarships
  • Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service
  • Both online and in-person program option


  • Graduate Student Association
  • Participation in Utah City Managers Association events
  • Pi Alpha Alpha the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration
  • Student research
  • Internships
  • Service to government and non-profit organizations locally


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Roger Carter

Graduated: Class of 2009

Current job: City Manager, Washington City

“The Masters of Public Administration program at Southern Utah University provides a great balance between the art of public administration and the application of it. I found the program, faculty and practical experience of this degree prepared students to compete and contribute nation-wide to the field of public administration. It was an outstanding education experience.”

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