Master of Public Administration

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at UALR provides professional management, analytical, and leadership skills, and the understanding of public policy issues needed for management and policy positions in national, state, regional, and local government, and the nonprofit sector. The program, which is accredited by the National Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), seeks to provide a strong knowledge base in:

  • public organizations
  • nonprofits
  • political processes
  • policy issues
  • public service values
  • professional ethics

All of our teachings are grounded in public administration theory. The MPA is designed for both in-service and pre-service students and can be tailored to focus on individual professional and career goals. The program’s position within the UALR School of Public Affairs and at the seat of state government in Arkansas offers unique opportunities for internships and other practical experiences.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at UALR prepares a diverse body of pre-service and in-service graduate students for professional management and leadership careers in government, nonprofit and community agencies by providing students with:

  • substantive knowledge about public and non-profit organizations, public policy, the political process, public service values of equality, fairness, representativeness, trust, transparency, accountability, objectivity, efficiency and professional values and ethics;
  • the use of critical thinking and decision-making approaches, appropriate research methods, analytical tools and statistical techniques for collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data for policy, organizational, leadership and managerial issues in public and non-profit organizations;
  • leadership, organizational, and managerial skills to lead and manage people in complex, diverse and changing environments; and,
  • effective written and oral communication skills essential for effective public administrators.