Public Administration MPA

Program Purpose

The mission of the MPA program is to prepare leaders of exceptional capability and integrity who are committed to serving their communities and improving public service organizations. The Romney Institute of Public Management will accomplish this by:

Curricular Structure

In addition to gaining solid general management skills through a common set of required courses during the two-year course of study, Romney Institute MPA students are able to gain area-specific training. Students develop a program of study to meet their personal career goals. Students often prepare for careers in local government, non-profit management, financial management, and analysis. Additionally, some students choose to enroll in the joint MPA/JD program.

Graduate Catalog

Major requirements

Complete the following core courses (39 hours):

In addition, students complete 6 to 6.5 hours in a specific sectoral area (nonprofit, local government, or state & federal government). Students then choose a skill area of an additional 9 hours (e.g., nonprofit resource development, program management, and finance). Finally, students have an additional 3 hours of electives to round out their 17 hours of electives to prepare them for their specific career path.

Learning Outcomes

The Brigham Young University Master of Public Administration (BYU MPA and EMPA) programs prepare students for work in public service, including professional and voluntary work in government, nonprofit/NGO and public interest-oriented private sector positions. Graduates of the Brigham Young University MPA programs will exhibit four core competencies that will enable them to exercise good governance in public service organizations:

Public Service Values

BYU MPA graduates demonstrate an understanding of, passion for, and commitment to public service values, including reverence for the dignity and worth of all people and dedication to ethical governance.

Courses that Contribute: MPA 615 MPA 624 MPA 631 MPA 638 MPA 640 MPA 641 MPA 651A MPA 651B MPA 652 MPA 676 MPA 682 MPA 683 MPA 684 MPA 686 P MGT 619R P MGT 642R P MGT 657R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Gospel knowledge, Character, Lifelong service
Quantitative Analysis

BYU MPA graduates are skilled at evaluating programs and policies. They know how to gather data, correctly analyze it, and employ the analysis to recommend policy and programmatic action in public service organizations. 

Courses that Contribute: MPA 630 MPA 631 MPA 632 MPA 676
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively, Quantitative reasoning, Competence

BYU MPA graduates effectively convey verbal and written information with the polish and professionalism appropriate for the public service context. They listen to and promote understanding among people with diverse viewpoints.

Courses that Contribute: MPA 630 MPA 631 MPA 632 MPA 640 MPA 641 MPA 662 MPA 676 MPA 682 MPA 683 MPA 686
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively, Human knowledge, Competence
Teamwork & Collaboration

BYU MPA graduates know how to leverage the power of a team. They conduct effective, agenda-based team meetings, and promote mutual accountability with teammates and collaborative partners.  

Courses that Contribute: MPA 640 MPA 641 MPA 676 MPA 682 MPA 683 MPA 684
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence, Lifelong learning, Lifelong service

Evidence of Learning

Direct Measures

  1. Application of analytical skills in structured and unstructured environments and problems as demonstrated through course assignments
  2. Class assessment of team and group problem solving skills
  3. Advisory Board assessment of projects and papers identified above
  4. Public Service Values Survey

Indirect Measures

  1. Exit surveys
  2. Annual Alumni surveys
  3. Survey of Post-graduation and Internship supervisors
  4. Stakeholder focus groups
  5. Internship and job placement rates in public and nonprofit organizations

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

Romney Institute faculty regularly review course performance and all other performance information. A retreat is held annually to confer and establish the year's agenda for review and improvement. During the year the faculty meet regularly to discuss progress and what has been learned and agree on necessary improvements.


Current Graduate Catalog

MPA Program Information