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A broad-based professional degree program, the MPA includes applied work in several related disciplines: Public Administration, Communication, Management, and others. The conceptual and analytical skills developed through the MPA curriculum, which is now available online or on campus, are critical to the effective management of public or non-profit agencies and programs. Contemporary public officials are required to make complex choices and implement programs and policies within difficult financial, legal, political, and organizational constraints. More than ever, it is important that administrators be able to work with a variety of people, both within and outside the public or non-profit sectors. Professional education in public administration encompasses fiscal control, organization management,decision analysis, and a working understanding of government institutions and legal procedures. MPA graduates are uniquely prepared to understand the responsibility and accept the challenge of managing in the public or non-profit sectors.
The MPA is considered a terminal degree frequently sought by professionals entering or pursuing a career in the public or nonprofit sectors. This degree is also useful to individuals pursuing careers in private industries that are highly regulated. The degree is conferred when the student completes the required thirty-six credit hours with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0. Students can complete the degree by enrolling full-time for two years. Graduate hours are divided between required core courses (21 hours) and elective courses (15 hours).
Beginning in Spring Semester 2012, SUU will begin to offer online MPA courses. Students who wish to complete their MPA degree entirely online will be able to do so. Students pursuing an online MPA degree must follow the identical application process as students who participate in the on-campus MPA program. Online MPA courses are taught by the same high quality faculty and adjuncts as on-campus courses. And, online MPA students must complete the identical academic requirements as the on-campus student. Technical requirements for students pursuing MPA courses online can be found in FAQs. Please also take a moment to read SUU President Michael Benson's announcement letter.
Any MPA student can enroll in either online or on-campus courses. Students may choose from all course offerings in any combination of on-campus or online courses as long as the minimum credits are earned at the required performance level. Southern Utah University and the Master of Public Administration program currently are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The SUU MPA program is also proud to be affiliated with NASPAA and is working toward securing its additional accreditation.