Public administration stands at the intersection of management and politics. The laws that are created through the political process via the constitutional branches of government give public administration the legal mandate to implement and enforce public policy. While politics and law shape policy, it is the managerial function of public administration that makes that policy operational.
The mission of the UIU MPA program is to equip public administrators (aspiring and seasoned) with the skills and knowledge needed to manage public policy in the political and legal environment. Our curriculum, framed by the public values of democracy, diversity, and due process, focuses on leadership and management, meaningful participation in the policy process, engaging a diverse citizenry, and improving decision making.
The Upper Iowa University MPA degree requires 36 semester credits of graduate-level coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. We offer an innovative academic model where each semester is broken into two convenient eight-week sessions. As each class only lasts eight weeks, a full-time course load is three semester credits per session.
The MPA degree provides learners with the current theories, concepts, and learning models necessary to assume leadership and management roles in a public sector or nonprofit agency. Graduates will be able to form critical judgments that support democratic values, perform effectively in leadership and managerial positions in government and nonprofit organizations, and participate in a community committed to serving the public interest. The following areas of emphasis are offered within the program:
Graduates will be positioned to make significant contributions to their respective organizations.
To be unconditionally admitted into the graduate program, students must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge and achievement in the areas of political science, finance, economics, management, and statistics. This foundational requirement can be met through successful completion (grade C- or higher) of undergraduate courses in these areas, successful completion of GRE/GMAT, CLEP/DSST/Excelsior College and/or ACT-PEP testing, or documented practical experience. Students without knowledge and achievement in one or more of these areas will be required, before enrollment in graduate-level classes, to formulate and implement a plan with their graduate advisor to rectify this. Students must complete all foundational requirements before taking more than six semester credits of graduate level courses.