Master of Public Administration

Graduates with MPA Faculty May 2022

MPA Mission Statement

To serve our students, our faculty will provide

· A supportive and caring environment that nurtures a commitment to public service, diversity, equity, and inclusion;

· A rigorous curriculum that examines the theoretical underpinnings of public service and provides concentrated areas of study in nonprofit management and conflict management;

· Training leaders who think critically and creatively about public issues and management, with dedication and capacity to serve diverse communities, and skills to enter or advance professionally in a public or nonprofit organization; and

· Opportunities for collaboration and the creation of partnerships among communities as well as public service and nonprofit organizations.

To serve the community, our faculty will

· Collaborate and conduct applied research with community partners;

· Take public service roles & affiliations; and

· Support our graduates as they advance their careers.

Explore the MPA

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock School of Public Affairs and at the seat of state government in Arkansas offers unique opportunities for internships and other practical experiences.

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