The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides an intellectual, collaborative and engaged learning environment where practical and theoretical concepts of public administration are presented within the historical, political, social, cultural and economic contexts. Students learn to act as facilitators in defining and pursuing the public interest. Those who are new to the Public Administration field will learn how to effectively manage in their organization and make ethical decisions that will benefit the community at large.

Program Facts

The MPA degree program is housed within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University. Versatile in its design, students may customize the 36-credit hour program to suit their personal interests and career objectives. The MPA program at SUU currently has approximately 113 students, most of whom complete the MPA degree within two years.

High-performing undergraduate students may apply to the Graduate Bridge program as upperclassmen, which allows them a jumpstart on graduate studies, including the MPA degree. Please see our Program Effectiveness page for more information, including job placement stats.

Versatile in its design, students may customize the program to suit their personal interests and career objectives. A variety of electives are available, and students may choose from course offerings in any combination of on-campus or online.

New Developments and Growth in SUU's MPA Program

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Exciting things are happening in Southern Utah University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. SUU's MPA program was recently ranked #33 in Best Online Master's in Public Administration by the Affordable Colleges Online organization.

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