Master of Public Administration
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Welcome to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. We offer graduate-level training for students who seek careers in public service. We are located in the Department of Political Science & Public Service, a unit of UTC's College of Arts and Sciences.
To prepare students to excel in the leadership and management of public and nonprofit organizations through a curriculum that emphasizes the linkage between theory and practice, critical thinking and analysis, interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, and stewardship. We strive to help students develop a strong foundation in program and policy management skills. Further, our curriculum seeks to raise the awareness and appreciation of the complex relationships between governmental entities and between government, the nonprofit sector, and society at large.
Prospective Graduate Students
Please visit the graduate school page to register as a student. General Graduate School requirements must be met before you can apply to the MPA program.
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General Program Information
To complete the MPA degree program, all students must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours including 24 hours of core courses and 12 hours of elective coursework. In addition, pre-service students (those who have little or no prior significant experience in public or nonprofit agencies) complete an internship in an applied setting, allowing them to gain valuable public service experience. Full-time students, those taking nine credit hours per semester, can complete the program in less than two years. Our classes are small, usually with no more than 20 students. The number of students in the program varies from year to year, but normally ranges between 40 and 50.
We offer two concentrations. The Concentration in Local Government Management, introduced in the Fall 2009 semester, responds to a growing need for individuals prepared to manage public resources, programs, and policies at the local government level. The Concentration in Nonprofit Management is offered for those students who are primarily interested in the nonprofit sector. We also offer the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, an 18 credit hour program, for students who wish to improve their management skills without earning the MPA degree. All nonprofit courses are offered completely online. Other courses may be offered online, in a traditional face-to-face format, or as hybrids utilizing both face-to-face and online delivery.