What is a Master of Public Administration?

Posted: June 29, 2020 | Author: Heather Winkler | Read Time: 3 minutes

What is a master's degree in public administration?A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a powerful degree meant to advance communities. This degree molds graduates into creative, effective leaders who are prepared to collaborate in government agencies, non-profit organizations, higher education, and other various institutions. This particular degree consists of courses and outcomes that apply directly to professional work.

When participating in the Master of Public Administration program at Southern Utah University students will learn the following concepts through historical, political, cultural, and economic lenses:

  • Engage the community.
  • Understand the ins and outs of the public sector.
  • Base decisions on data, reliable information, and analysis.
  • Protect public resources and ensure they are used in the most efficient and effective manner.
  • Model ethical behaviors.
  • Educate students to become innovative leaders.
  • Enhance the field of public administration regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Develop thoughtful and ethical decision-making skills.
  • Further develop management skills.
Why choose SUU's MPA program?

Campus Choice: The MPA program can be taken online, on-campus, or hybrid (online and on-campus). All these options create an environment perfectly tailored to a student’s lifestyle, leading them to the greatest chance of success in their coursework. Each of these different paths contain diverse benefits such as scholarships, lower tuition, etc. Students are able to choose the setting that best suits their needs.

Cost and Accreditation: Whether participating in the Master of Public Administration on-campus or online, the program is NASPAA accredited. This means that the MPA degree is confirmed to be qualified through its high standards. This informs future and current employers that graduates seek out the best programs to enhance their knowledge with the most up-to-date/reliable information.

Emphasis: The MPA is a diverse degree that can be customized to fit a student’s dreams and aspirations. SUU’s MPA program offers emphases in Criminal Justice, Higher Educations Administration, State and Local Government, or just a general all-encompassing MPA. These concentrations will allow students to dive deeper into topics that are relevant for their future and goals.

Faculty: Attending the Master’s of Public Administration program at SUU gives students a connection with bountiful teachers from varying backgrounds and public service professions. Through their experience students gain real-world knowledge and a diverse perspective on handling the day to day issues.

What are the outcomes with an MPA degree?  

Job Placement: From the 2018-2019 school year there was a 100% job placement rate for students in this program. Consulting the data from the past 5 years, on average there is over a 90% job placement rate for SUU students a.k.a YOU. You can feel confident in learning and fulfilling the qualifications of your future career.

Internship: As part of the curriculum students gain on-hand experience through an internship. The internship gives students the opportunity to develop influential connections with others in your area. This can open many doors after graduation and bringing work completed in the classroom to life.

Salary: Graduates with an MPA degree statistically earn $19,000 more per year than those with just a bachelor’s degree (US Census Bureau). Through the Master’s of Public Administration Program, graduates qualify for more monetary growth.

The Master of Public Administration degree from SUU can have a great impact on you and the world around you. Graduates are able to navigate the public sector with ease and effectively communicate plans for the future. Enhance your collaboration and people skills through this curriculum and by doing so you will not just think of new ideas, but will have the means to bring them into action.


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SUU's Graduate School draws from a prestigious heritage and allows students to pursue a quality education. The master's degree programs offer students the chance to further their professional and educational careers on campus or online.

To receive more information about the Master of Public Administration program at SUU, contact Brett Lunceford at (435) 865-8665, or at brettlunceford@suu.edu.

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