Public administration is an academic field of study about the implementation of public policies at all levels of government (federal, state, local, special districts) and in related sectors and organizations that may be associated by their states, regulated industries, or contractual relationships, e.g., nonprofit sector or common mission associated by virtue of their quasi-governmental structure, degree of regulation, or financial and contractual relationships to governments. The School of Public Affairs and Administration's master of public administration (M.P.A.) degree combines contexts of public policymaking with understanding of urban environments, knowledge and skills needed for operational management. The multidisciplinary and interinstitutional curriculum addresses fundamental principles, ethics and leadership, and current issues in the field. The program provides opportunities to gain competencies employers seek: issue identification, quantitative and qualitative evidence collection and analysis, defining solutions, communicating with varied audiences, and preparing convincing reports and presentations. Students gain experience in teamwork and working in diverse environments. Appreciation of cultural differences and understanding of expectations and rights of employees and clients encourage tolerance and mutual respect.
The M.P.A. degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.