Master of Public Administration


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.

Our mission

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 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 pre-career and mid-career students to work with and serve diverse constituencies; and

  • serving our region by providing options for focused study of local government management and nonprofit management.


NASPAA accreditation logoThe UTC MPA program is the only NASPAA-accredited program in east Tennessee. NASPAA is the recognized global accrediting agency for MPA programs.  Accreditation requires meeting high standards of public service education recognized across the public administration profession.

Advisory board

We appreciate the valuable input of our advisory board, which includes professionals from a wide range of public service settings.  Our current advisory board members are: Denise Cook, Supervisor, Hamilton County Juvenile Court; Honna Rogers, University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service; Maura Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, City of Chattanooga; Andrea Lyons, UTC Associate Director of Alumni Affairs; Paul Archambeaut, Community Development Director, Southeast Tennessee Development; Jessica Bastianelli, Relationship Manager, United Way of Greater Chattanooga; and Reginald Smith, Executive Director, Bethlehem Center.
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Learn more

Please explore the menu links to learn about our MPA curriculum, the nonprofit management certificate curricula, admissions processes and other information for prospective students, our faculty and staff, and our alumni.

Contact us

We are happy to talk to prospective students and others who might be interested in collaborating with us. Please email us at or call 423-425-4281.