Question: What is an MPA?
Answer: The MPA, or Master of Public Administration, is professional program built on an interdisciplinary foundation including business, economics, political science, and sociology. It is designed for learners seeking a career in public management which encompasses government and nonprofit agencies. Learners apply academic knowledge to practical problems in the public sector.
Question: Why should I pursue an MPA?
Answer: An MPA prepares you to address the complex and interrelated policy problems facing public managers. You will be exposed to the latest theories and academic research which will give you new insights and understanding of the problems you face. By developing analytical (including quantitative techniques), managerial and leadership skills you will be in a unique position to make a positive contribution to your organization.
Question: What can I do with an MPA?
Answer: You are the limiting factor as to what you can do with an MPA. Learners with an MPA have found rewarding careers with public, private and nonprofit organizations. Occupations include, but are not limited to, budget, management and policy analysts, program managers, hospital administrators, law enforcement officers and educators.
Question: What background knowledge or experience do I need to pursue an MPA?
Answer: MPA learners come from all walks of life possessing diverse work and educational experiences. While it is beneficial to have exposure to microeconomic theory, managerial principles, and American political institutions, it is not required. Learners are required to have an undergraduate course in statistics although not possessing such a course need not delay admission into the program.
Question: How can I pay for my MPA?
Answer: The UIU financial aid office can help you identify scholarships, grants and loans that will supplement your own financial resources. Please contact the UIU financial aid office for more details.