"Before I came to Grand Valley, I ran various nonprofits for 10 years. I bring in real-life examples to the classes." - Heather Carpenter, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the primary professional degree for the public and nonprofit sector. The MPA program develops skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs in public-serving organizations. As a general management degree, the MPA is similar to the Masters of Business Administration, except the MPA focuses on the finance and management of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic institutions, and healthcare providers rather than for-profit corporations. If you are strongly motivated to be an effective, ethical and innovative organizational leader working for the betterment of your community, the MPA degree is your best choice.
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Accredited. The MPA program has earned accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) since 1995.
Openness. Our program is amenable to full and part-time students, to pre-career and in-service students, and to students with undergraduate backgrounds in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, health professions, or any other field.
Participatory. Our students come with various life, work, and academic backgrounds, and many different career goals. By sharing their diverse life experiences, our students enhance their classroom and extracurricular activities and encourage their own intellectual and social growth.
According to NASPAA, MPA graduates use their degrees in a wide variety of positions and organizations serving the public interest at the global, national, state and local level. A typical graduate enters their professional career as a mid or upper level public manager or/and analyst. MPA/MPP graduates most frequently pursue their careers in the government (federal, state and local), non-profits (international and local), multilateral organizations (World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank and other regional organizations) and consulting agencies. . See more...