Governing U is an index of public sector management and policy degrees from universities across the country. It provides a single source for browsing offerings from Master of Public Administration (MPA) , the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Executive MPA and certificate and other professional programs designed specifically for the education needs of working professionals in public service. Each entry includes a description of program offerings in the schools' own words. Governing U’s unique map interface also allows you to see the national landscape for public service grad programs and select schools for a closer look by geography
The Modern Professional Administrator
The increasing complexity of social problems places ever more formidable demands on leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors. The managerial imperative of pursuing efficiency and effectiveness in an equitable, democratic way forms the primary challenge of the modern professional administrator.
The traditional boundaries between public, private and nonprofit sectors are becoming increasingly indistinct; public policy and private enterprise have assumed promising but sometimes troublesome new relationships.
Despite this increased cooperation, public administration remains a separate entity requiring particular knowledge and skills: managers in the public and nonprofit sectors require managerial expertise equal to their private sector counterparts, but they must also fully understand the public policy and decision-making framework for proponents of the public interest.
The Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration degree program at the The University of Arizona is designed to combine these two spheres of knowledge and skills in preparing men and women for challenging and rewarding careers in the changing public and nonprofit arenas.
The MPA program combines curricular structure, physical facilities, and real-world fieldwork opportunities to foster the managerial skills needed to meet today's greater demands for accountability and effectiveness from public and nonprofit organizations.
The two-year course of study for the Master of Public Administration includes 42 required credit hours divided among four components; the core, concentration, practicum and elective, plus a 6 unit internship. Our classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.