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Southern Utah University

Master of Public Administration

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah


Developing professional public service leaders through engaged learning, reflective practice and dedication to civic responsibility


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351 W University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah, 84720, United States



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. Those who are new to the Public Administration field will learn how to effectively manage in their organization and make ethical decisions that will benefit the community at large. Versatile in its design, students may customize the program to suit their personal interests and career objectives. A variety of electives are available, and students may choose from course offerings in any combination of on-campus or online.

Academic Fields
    Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
    Public Administration.
    Human Resources Management and Services, Other.
    Public Policy Analysis, Other.
    Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other.
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    Master's, MPA, Master of Public Administration - State and Local Government Emphasis
    Master's, MPA, Master of Public Administration - Higher Education Administration Emphasis
    Master's, MPA, Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice Emphasis
    Master's, MPA, Master of Public Administration

    Full Time, Part Time, Online or Distance, On-Campus


    Public Administration, Masters, Graduate Degree, Higher Education, Local and State Government, Criminal Justice, MPA, Master


    Prospective MPA students must follow all of the Graduate Applications procedures outlined below. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation through SUU's Graduate Admissions Office. The reference letters can be emailed to the Graduate Admissions office. In addition to SUU's graduate application requirements, prospective students must submit a Letter of Intent to the admissions committee. The Letter of Intent is an opportunity for the prospective student to introduce him/herself to the MPA faculty and is closely reviewed during the admissions process. The Letter of Intent should include information such as prior volunteer activities, work or academic experiences, career interests, and why the applicant would like to pursue an MPA at SUU. **Writing Sample: The applicant must also research and respond to the following question: Should a government be run like a business? The response needs to be in APA format and no longer than two pages. The response should also include at least three citations.
    Academic Backgrounds
      Business/Corporate Communications.
      Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
      English Language and Literature, General.
      Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
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