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. 

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 Hours 36
Major Requirements
PADM S601Introduction to Public Administration3
PADM S604Applied Research Methods 3
PADM S614Public Policy and Accountability3
PADM S616Leadership3
PADM S622Human Resources and Organizational Development3
PADM S628Public Financial Management3
PADM S688Program Evaluation 3
PADM S690Public Administration Capstone 13
Concentration or advisor approved electives12

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 Higher Education or Rural Development.

 Concentration in Higher Education

This concentration focuses on higher education institutions and the organization development processes, contemporary theories and practical considerations including leadership styles and administrative processes with an emphasis on  Alaska and the Yukon Territories.

Concentration Requirements 12
PADM S651Introduction to Higher Education3
PADM S653Organizational Development in Higher Education3
PADM S655Higher Education and Public Policy3
PADM S657Higher Education Law3
Total Credits12

 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 Requirements 12
RD F601 (Political Economy of the Circumpolar North)3
RD F651 (Management Strategies for Rural Dev)3
Advisor approved RD F6__ courses 26
Total Credits12

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

1. Competency in Communication 

a. Students possess effective professional writing skills appropriate in their fields.

b. Students can make effective presentations supplemented by appropriate technology.

2. Competency in Quantitative Skills -Students recognize organizational contexts where quantitative analysis may provide useful insights, and understand the nature of data needed to use various quantitative analysis tools.

a. Students can select and apply appropriate quantitative techniques.

b. Students understand how to interpret analytical results and formulate logical conclusions based upon the results.

3. Competency in Information Literacy

a. Students understand the role of information in helping organizations operate efficiently and effectively, and in solving management problem

b. Students can define search criteria, locate, and access appropriate information.

c. Students can effectively evaluate the accuracy, validity, and relevance of information for use in management decision making.

4. Competency in Computer Usage

a. Students demonstrate competency in the selection and use of appropriate management technologies.

b. Students understand information systems, their role in management functions and organizational communications, internally and externally.

5. Competency in Professional Behavior

a. Students understand ethical and professional responsibilities of managers. They recognize ethical dilemmas and formulate effective ethical strategies for dealing with those situations.

b. Students can work effectively in various roles with diverse individuals and groups to achieve common goals.

c. Students can assume leadership roles. They can quickly understand what needs to be done, organize, prioritize, and delegate tasks.

6. Competency in Critical Thinking

a. Students are able to identify, evaluate, analyze, and solve diverse and unstructured management problems in unfamiliar settings.

b. Students can use, synthesize, and evaluate data/evidence, exercise judgment, and assess risks in reaching decisions to solve real-world problems.

c. Students understand the holistic and systemic nature of the organization and its internal and external environment. Additionally the Master of Public Administration Program has identified the following discipline related skill areas.

7. Competency in Public Administration

a. Politics and the Constitutional Environment

b. Democracy and the Public Interest

c. Organizational Theory

d. Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

e. Economic Analysis

f. Public Financial Management

g. Human Resource Management

h. The Legal Environment

i. Public Administration Ethics

j. Research and Program Evaluation