About MPA

There’s never been a better time to get your MPA!

During these tough economic times, more Arizonans will rely on government and nonprofit agencies for assistance. These agencies and their employees need to be equipped with the necessary leadership skills to help Arizonans survive and thrive. That is why we now offer evening classes for the MPA program. Students can work full-time during the day and take classes at night to further their capacity to serve their communities.

Students can receive their MPA in as little as 2-years!

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Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Masters of Public Administration Program is to prepare students to effectively manage, govern and lead in a dynamic, increasingly interconnected world.

The School of Government and Public Policy strives to achieve this mission by promoting a commitment to public service values, developing students’ professional competencies through excellent instruction and exposure to rigorous faculty scholarship, and by providing opportunities for practice through practicums and internships.

The Program emphasizes a commitment to public service by integrating the following values into the curriculum and the overall student experience:

  • Civility and respect in all public discourse
  • Fair, transparent and inclusive service to an increasingly diverse public
  • Constant adherence to professional ethics and public accountability

The Program serves a diverse group of graduate students who include public and nonprofit professionals and pre-service students with varied backgrounds, interests and expertise.   In keeping with the expectations and standards of a “Research One” university, our students benefit from exposure to an interdisciplinary faculty and distinguished scholarship that informs public policy and management theory and practice. Grounded with applied research and professional experience, students hone their analytical skills, tools and techniques to perform in public and nonprofit organizations as well as in inter-organizational networks and cross-sector collaboration.

Consistent with the University of Arizona’s mission as a land grant university, the Program serves the state of Arizona, the southwestern United States, and the U.S. – Mexico border region and aspires to serve the national and international demand for committed and highly trained public servants.

"The MPA program connected me to caring, supportive professors with real-world experience who were able to bring that experience to the classroom. Course assignments were often projects that required students to get out into the community and meet with professionals in the government and non-profit sectors and get hands-on learning experiences that have most definitely contributed to accelerated advancement in my career in non-profit management." -Amanda Kucich 08'