Master of Public Administration

100% Online

Courses are designed with the working professional in mind. Accessible 24/7, the 100% online courses are easy to navigate from anywhere, at any time.  Program can be completed in 16-months, or busy professionals can choose the part-time option which takes 2-years.    


Utah residents and non-residents pay the same affordable tuition rate for the 36-credit  program.  Graduates with a Master of Public Administration degree are expected to earn up to 20% more per year than with a bachelor's degree alone, making for an excellent return on investment.

Small Classes

An average of 25 students is admitted to the MPA program each year. Smaller class sizes facilitate networking between students and instructors to build long-lasting relationships and career connections.

Program Notice

Beginning Fall 2023, the Master of Public Service degree (MPS) at UVU will formally be called a Master of Public Administration program/degree.  This name change was necessary to better represent our program with a nationally recognized degree within the public sector.  Faculty are excited to continue to provide the same quality education that existed under the MPS program to future public servant leaders in the MPA program.

Our Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at UVU develops the next generation of public service administrators  through an applied and engaging education providing the broad-based knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for public service.

Admission Requirements

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Cohort Student Background Percentages

Students in the MPA program come from diverse professional backgrounds. In recent cohorts, 30% of MPA (formerly MPS) students have a background in criminal justice, another 30% have a background in emergency services or management, and 40% have interest or experience in one or more of a variety of areas, including government, health services, education, non-profit, and community services.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2023.

 Applications are reviewed monthly until all spots are filled.

Enroll Now!

Looking to learn more?

Students interested in learning more about the dynamic MPA program at UVU are invited to attend an upcoming online information session. At the session, you will learn about the program from current faculty and staff, including details about class dates and times, application deadlines, and prerequisite requirements.

Online information sessions are held on Wednesdays @12:00pm and Thursdays @4:00pm.

Sessions provided at other times by request. To request a link to a meeting, or for questions, send an email to

Questions? Contact Us:

Matt Flint

Steven Sylvester

Director, Master of Public administration

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801.863.5769 | CB 203-G
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Kim Sparks

MPA Program manager

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