Program Goals for the Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree program builds upon Southern Utah University's individualized, experiential learning through our mission and goals.

Mission Statement

The MPA Program develops professional public service leaders through engaged learning, reflective practice, and dedication to civic responsibility, in concert with SUU's commitment to personalized experiential learning.

Core Values and Goals

Our Core Values are:

  1. Lead through change
  2. Engage the community
  3. Base decisions on data, reliable information, and analysis
  4. Protect public resources and ensure they are used in the most efficient and effective manner
  5. Model ethical behaviors
  6. Partner with students for lifelong learning

Our Goals:

  1. Educate and train students to be innovative leaders in public and nonprofit organizations.
  2. Enhance the field of public administration regionally, nationally, and internationally through the academic and service contributions of our faculty and students.
  3. Create a learning environment where our students develop public service values and thoughtful and ethical decision-making skills.
  4. Assess student learning and use assessment research to continuously enhance the program offerings.
  5. Embrace and partner with a diverse student body, faculty, workforce, and public to enhance public policy and administration.

Department/Program Core Competencies

The MPA program at SUU has adopted five core competencies as part of our accreditation through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Our competencies are as follows:

  1. To lead, manage and apply effective public governance.
  2. To participate and contribute to the public, fiscal and economic policy process.
  3. Solve problems using analytics, critical thinking, ethical thinking and conceptualize and apply best practices.
  4. To articulate and apply public service perspectives, norms, and legal standards.
  5. To communicate orally and in writing, in a way that is productive and effective in a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Emphasis Competencies

Program competencies, courses, and assessment

State and Local Government Competencies

  • Identify and apply relevant legal issues and regulations for state and local governments
  • Demonstrate ability to manage state and local government resources and programs in an effective and ethical manner
  • Communicate and coordinate between different levels of government, the private sector, and the general public

Student Services in Higher Education Emphasis

  • Manage and administer student services in higher education in an ethical and effective manner
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental stages of students in higher education environments
  • Navigate organizational structures of higher education and prioritize competing interests