Public Administration, M.P.A.

Juneau, e-Learning

The master program in public administration provides a strong interdisciplinary context in which to pursue the study of policy formation, implementation, and administration. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Application Requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Administration degree requires the following:

  1. Mandatory advising with the M.P.A. director
  2. A completed online application at
  3. $60 application fee
  4. Official academic transcript indicating baccalaureate degree sent directly to UAS
  5. Professional resume or vita
  6. Two page (approximately 1,000 words) statement of professional objectives describing past public and non-profit experiences, outlining professional goals and stating how the M.P.A. program will help achieve your professional objectives
  7. Three recommendations addressing professional dispositions on special forms provided by the UAS M.P.A. program

Items 1-7 are required for a complete application file. If you wish, you may submit any other documentation which you feel is relevant. Items 4 and 5 may be submitted by e-mail. See Graduate Study – Admissions for more information.

Candidates for the Master of Public Administration degree must satisfy all University graduate degree requirements in this catalog as well as the specific program requirements in this section. A minimum of 36 approved credits is required for the degree, in addition to evidence of practical experience in public or non-profit administration.

In order to permit students to pursue individual interests, a limited substitution of required courses is possible. Course substitutions must be approved by the student’s advisor and the program dean. The student’s approved program of study is reflected in the Application for Advancement to Candidacy.

Minimum Credit Hours36
Major Requirements
PADM S601Introduction to Public Administration3
PADM S604Research Methods in Administration3
PADM S610Organizational Theory and Behavior3
PADM S618Law for Public Managers3
PADM S625Economics and Public Policy3
PADM S628Public Financial Management3
PADM S624Human Resources Administration3
PADM S688Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement3
PADM S690Public Administration Capstone 13
Advisor approved electives9
Total Credits36

To qualify for graduation from the M.P.A. program, students must complete the Capstone course with a grade of B or higher.

Master of Public Administration Concentrations

M.P.A. students have the option to use their electives to establish a concentration in Natural Resource Policy or Rural Development.

Concentration in Natural Resource Policy

The Natural Resource Policy concentration addresses the need and strong demand for professional management training in Alaskan natural resources and environmental management issues. Alaska with it abundance of natural resources and concomitant management issues are uniquely Alaskan as addressed in the State Constitution need unique management solutions which this concentration provides. This program also supports and builds upon UAS’ strong undergraduate natural science and in particular the Environmental Studies program.

Concentration Requirements9
Select three of the following:9
Natural Resource Policy
Local and Global Sustainability
Sustainable Energy and Environment
Adaptive Management
Advisor approved course
Total Credits9

Concentration in Rural Development

The Rural Development concentration has a special focus on needs of indigenous and other rural communities, including management of tribal governments, community organizations, and indigenous-controlled profit and non-profit corporations. Coursework for this concentration is offered by e-Learning technologies through the Rural Development program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Concentration Requirements9
Advisor approved RD F6__ courses 29
Total Credits9

To be selected in consultation with the UAF Rural Development Advisor and M.P.A. Program Director.