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.
The Master of Public Administration at the University of Vermont is a professional interdisciplinary degree that prepares pre and in-service leaders, managers and policy analysts by combining the theoretical and practical foundations of public administration focusing on the complexity of governance systems and the democratic, collaborative traditions that are a hallmark of Vermont communities.
Our faculty include both accomplished scholars of public administration and experienced practitioners. Our students are a mix of part-time and full-time with varying levels of professional experience.
Being within the umbrella of the Community Development and Applied Economics Department provides the MPA program with an excellent opportunity for collaboration between program faculty and students, state and local government, and civic associations and non-profit organizations.
The University of Vermont's Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been awarded accreditation from the National Society of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration as of August 2012. To date, 169 programs have earned NASPAA accreditation. Accredited programs "must contribute to the knowledge, research, and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes, and use information about their performance to guide program improvement. They must also practice truth in advertising and ensure their students achieve learning objectives in five domains essential to public service.