The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Southern Utah University offers a professional degree designed for students interested in management positions in public or nonprofit sectors. Included among the top 50 MPA programs in the nation by Top Management Degrees, SUU is currently the only ranked university in Utah.
Instructing graduate students in areas of organizational management and ethical decision making, the SUU MPA program also covers executive and community leadership. Students enjoy an intellectual, collaborative and engaged learning environment where practice meets theory.
Chandler Olsen, an SUU graduate student from Cedar City, Utah, plans to graduate with his MPA degree this spring. Olsen shares five reasons why prospective graduate students should consider this degree.
Study a variety of subjects. The MPA curriculum offers freedom to study a variety of subjects including economics, communication, finance and leadership skills. It helps you become a more well-rounded person.
It benefits everyone. It doesn’t matter what you’ve previously studied, anyone can benefit from the MPA program. Classes provide leadership opportunities and training that can add value to any degree, because they focus on improving decision making, management and administration skills.
Work and study. Every class is offered online or if you prefer on-campus classes, those are scheduled in the late afternoon. This means you can keep your full or part-time job and/or raise a family while working towards your degree. The ideal situation would be to find a job or internship related to your dream job while attending school.
Wide range of future careers. The MPA program provides the training necessary to qualify for employment in social or community service management, government, nonprofit leadership or higher education. It also opens doors to future education possibilities in law school and research fields.
Additional advice. Some employment ideas for MPA graduates are listed at mastersinpublicadministration.com. It is important to narrow your career interests and to have a goal. This will help guide you in selecting classes, searching for internships and developing specific skillsets.
Angela Pool-Funai, director of MPA, shared what SUU alumni are doing with their MPA degree. “Our alumni serve in a variety of fields including state and local government, higher education, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations and the private sector,” said Pool-Funai. “An MPA degree is extraordinarily versatile.”
The MPA program is designed to launch graduate students into future career paths, leadership positions and jobs that help make the world a better place. Apply for the MPA program today!