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. Take the next step in your career and find out more about a UVU MPA.

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

Smaller class sizes facilitate networking between students and instructors to build long-lasting relationships and career connections, and allow for more individualized learning.  Students can expect class sizes of 20 or fewer.

Accepting applications for August 2024  

Application deadline July 15


Graduation Requirements

MPA Degree:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained within program.
  3. All course work must be completed with a "B" or higher.
  4. Graduates may not transfer more than 9 credits toward the MPA. All transfer courses will be reviewed by the College of Health and Public Service Graduate Committee.

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what they're saying...

  • It’s never too early and never too late to do this program. I went through it later in my career but still benefitted from the leadership courses, the organizational behavior courses, the courses on preparation, and crisis management; I loved everything about it. And one of the greatest parts of this program is that it’s 100% online, so you can do it while working a full-time job.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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    Barb Smith

    MPA Graduate

  • The faculty and staff have supported my efforts to graduate in a seemingly impossible short amount of time. Despite not working in public service, my classmates have expressed how much they appreciated my perspective in each of my classes. Both of my college programs have allowed me to grow and learn new subjects along my educational path. I highly recommend students attend programs within this college as each person I have interacted with has been a wonderful help toward my goals.

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    Natasha Byrd

    MPA Graduate

Upcoming Information Sessions

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.  Click on a date to register!

There are currently no info sessions scheduled.  We will resume them in the fall.  Please contact us directly for more information about the program.


For immediate information or questions, call 801-863-7790 or email [email protected]

Find Value in Your Degree

Learn the Value of an MPA Degree

In today’s competitive job market, holding a master’s degree is a valuable tool to have when marketing yourself and to a good-paying career. And if you’re already in a job you enjoy, an advanced degree can put you in a better position for promotions, better pay, and recognition within your organization or among your peers. But given the high cost of a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) or public policy (MPP), as well as certificate and executive programs, does the benefit of seeking one outweigh its costs?
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Faculty and Staff

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Meet the Team

The MPA faculty are accomplished professionals in public service who bring their unique experiences and expertise to the program.