Program Details

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the MPA with an emphasis in Health Services Administration programs provide mid-career and aspiring professionals with an opportunity to obtain advanced managerial education applicable to a broad range of organizations in the public sector, nonprofit, and health care industries.

The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

USF top ranked degree Master in Public Administration award badgeU.S. News and World Report Raises Master in Public Administration Ranking

This is the fourth consecutive year of improved rankings for the USF Master of Public Administration program as the MPA jumped from #115 to #108 for school-year 2019.

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Mission

We prepare our graduates for public leadership by advancing a challenging curriculum while pursuing complementary research and transforming learning into acts of consequence to serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Goals

  • Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations.
  • Prepare students to initiate and facilitate interactions between government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societal needs.
  • Create a collaborative environment of excellence in instruction, research, and service.
  • Translate research into effective practices and achievable, humane policies.
  • Prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies.

Program Learning Outcomes

GOAL 1: Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations.

  • Identify and describe differences between the vision, values, and goals of actors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; discuss practical and ethical implications of these differences for public leadership.
  • Identify and discuss the role of public leaders toward recognizing and instituting the principles of democratic governance in public organizations and community-based initiatives.

GOAL 2: Prepare students to initiate and facilitate interactions between government, for‐ profit, and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societal needs.

  • Report findings and interpret research in recognition of, and with respect for, diverse cultural and historical perspectives; correctly identify limitations and constraints; effectively communicate with elected officials, administrators, issue advocates and the population at large.
  • Determine, collect and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.

GOAL 3: Create a collaborative environment of excellence in instruction, research, and service.

  • Demonstrate leadership behavior through application of organizational and managerial theories.

GOAL 4: Translate research into effective practices and achievable, humane policies.

  • Determine, collect and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.
  • Accurately interpret and communicate analytic research and policy implications to stakeholders.

GOAL 5: Prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies.

  • Develop and apply the critical thinking and analytical skills (qualitative and quantitative) necessary for effective, informed, and balanced policy analysis.
  • Develop and present informed and balanced results

Students in the Health Services Administration emphasis of the MPA will also:

  • Identify challenges and issues in the U.S. health care sector in specific areas of policy, its contemporary legal framework, and management; describe/develop operational responses and managerial adaptations.