The UTC Department of Political Science and Public Service offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, providing graduate-level training for students interested in pursuing careers in public service. We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management for professionals moving into management roles in nonprofit organizations.
The quickest way to learn about the UTC MPA program is to read our mission statement. It guides all of our decisions about our program—what/how/whom/why we teach, the kind of scholarship we pursue, and how we collaborate with public service institutions. Our mission statement:
The UTC MPA program promotes the public good by preparing students to be effective leaders, managers, and analysts in public and nonprofit agencies. The program emphasizes:
developing early- and mid-career students’ proficiency in core management and analytic skills that apply to a broad range of public and nonprofit employment settings;
training students to apply theory and evidence to practice;
cultivating students’ commitment to technical competence, professional ethics, and the public interest;
engaging students in active learning;
preparing students to participate effectively and responsively as members of diverse decision-making groups and in service to diverse constituencies; and
serving our region by providing options for focused study of local government management and nonprofit management.