Public Administration MPA
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:
- Attracting men and women of faith and character who demonstrate professional promise and a commitment to improving the organizations in which they work;
- Imparting the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to effectively lead public service organizations;
- Providing students with opportunities to explore and identify career choices and achieve their public service goals;
- Recruiting and supporting high caliber faculty who produce quality scholarship relevant to public service practice.
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.
Complete the following core courses (39 hours):
- 608 Project Management (1.5 hours)
- 612 Economic Decision Making for Managers (3)
- 620 Financial Toolkit (1.5) or 520 Finance for Administrators (1.5)
- 621 Public Budgeting (3) or 604 Accounting (1.5)
- 630 Statistical Analysis (3)
- 631 Public Program Evaluation (3)
- 632 Applied Decision Analysis (3)
- 640 Human Resource Management (3)
- 641 Organizational Behavior (3)
- 642R Career Workshop/ Executive Lecture Series (1)
- 644 Negotiations (.5)
- 662 Communication in Public Administration (3)
- 682 Ethics for Management (3)
- 683 Legal Issues in Public Administration (3)
- 684 Administrative Environment (3)
- 686 Public Administration Capstone (3)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evidence of Learning
- Application of analytical skills in structured and unstructured environments and problems as demonstrated through course assignments
- Class assessment of team and group problem solving skills
- Advisory Board assessment of projects and papers identified above
- Public Service Values Survey
- Exit surveys
- Annual Alumni surveys
- Survey of Post-graduation and Internship supervisors
- Stakeholder focus groups
- 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.