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Master of Public Administration

Graduate Degree
School of Arts & Sciences

Why Master of Public Administration?

Follow your "calling" by learning in-depth knowledge and advanced skills that can help you to better serve your community

Learn how to navigate the internal and external politics of government and nonprofit organizations in addition to obtaining the analytical tools necessary to advance your career

Choose from several different emphases, such as healthcare, nonprofit, and emergency management

All faculty hold doctorate degrees and are experienced practitioners in the field

Abundant networking opportunities nationwide

Program Emphases

UIU MPA students can choose from the following areas of emphasis:

  • Government Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Management

Related Certificate

MPA graduate certificate available in:

Public Management

Program Accreditation 

Aligned with Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) principles

Curriculum and Degree Details

Core courses include subject matter such as writing in the profession, public policy, program evaluation, and public finance.

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Program Goal #1:
Develop a collaborative and inclusive learning environment.

Program Goal #2:
Maintain a high quality curriculum that includes leadership, management, and analytical skills.

Program Goal #3:
Develop a culture of intellectual curiosity.


Q: Are internships and practicums available?

A: Yes. Students can take an internship course for credit and faculty will help students arrange and complete the experience.

Graduates in Demand

Master of Public Administration graduates can find employment in a variety of fields, such as city manager, economic development director, police or fire chief, scientist, finance director, supervisory veterinarian, federal airplane pilot, CIA/FBI agent, social worker, nonprofit executive director or county health department administration.

The salary range for social service, healthcare, and administrative service managers is between $65,320 to $99,730 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics/ Occupational Outlook Handbook data. Governments typically offer great benefits, promotional opportunities, and training.