Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Summer 2015 

  • PADM 6300
  • PADM 6560
  • PADM 6620
  • PADM 6670
  • PADM 6750
  • PADM 6890
  • PADM 6900
  • PADM 6950
  • PADM 6990

Fall 2015

  • PADM 6000
  • PADM 6200
  • PADM 6440
  • PADM 6500
  • PADM 6570
  • PADM 6610
  • PADM 6650
  • PADM 6750
  • PADM 6890
  • PADM 6900
  • PADM 6950
  • PADM 6990

Master of Public Administration Program


The 36 semester hour MPA program is a professional degree suitable to all students interested in pursuing a career in management within the public or non-profit sectors. The MPA program provides an intellectual, collaborative and engaged learning environment where practical and theoretical concepts of public administration are presented within the historical, political, social, cultural and economic contexts. Students learn to act as facilitators in defining and pursuing the public interest.

Classes focus on developing the ability to reason critically, to analyze important dimensions of public service, and to take coherent positions on key public administration and policy issues.  Upon graduation, students in the program should be able to think critically, communicate effectively through written and oral means, advocate public sector values, apply analytic tools to policies and decisions-making, and demonstrate leadership skills while serving a diverse workforce and citizenry.

Versatile in its design, students may customize the program to suit their personal interests and career objectives. A variety of electives are available within the MPA program and through other graduate programs at Southern Utah University (SUU).

Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration degree program builds upon Southern Utah University's individualized experiential learning through our mission and goals.

  • Prepare pre-service and in-service students to meet the challenges of public and nonprofit service.
  • Develop student knowledge and competencies through scholarly activity, experiential learning, and applied research.
  • Offer coursework that presents a framework of understanding based on academic literature and skill development through activities, projects, and assignments.
  • Promote public service values, a culture of democratic administration, leadership and management skills, and ethical decision-making in all aspects of public and nonprofit sector organizations.
  • Provide on-campus and online students with comparable academic experiences that develop knowledge and skills for public service.