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UA Little Rock Master of Public Administration Program Recognized in U.S. News and World Report Ranking

Dr. Derek Slagle
Dr. Derek Slagle

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Master of Public Administration program has been recognized in the latest rankings of U.S. News and World Report.

The MPA program was ranked 98th in the U.S. News 2023-2024 Best Graduate Schools list for Best Public Affairs Programs. This is the highest ranking the program has ever received from U.S News, moving up from the 111th ranking in 2022.

Dr. Derek Slagle, director of the UA Little Rock School of Public Affairs, said that there are many factors contributing to the move up in rankings, including an increase in publications and conference presentations by students and faculty, increased service in the department, and more participation in community programs.

“It is great to see our program being recognized by U.S. News and World Report,” Slagle said. “The top 100 ranking for Schools of Public Affairs, Public Administration, and Public Policy is a credit to our faculty and teaching staff, our school’s academic scholarship and applied research impact, and the students in our programs. Our program ranking has steadily been increasing year to year regarding reputation and impact.”

The MPA program at UA Little Rock provides professional management, analytical, and leadership skills, as the understanding of public policy issues needed for management and policy positions in national, state, regional, and local government, and the nonprofit sector.

“We are glad for the increasing recognition of what our MPA program alums have long known, that the MPA program prepares students for success in a wide variety of administrative professions,” said Dr. Sarah Beth Estes, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education. “Kudos to the faculty and staff for their consistent excellence.”