The major focus in the MPA course of study is on a professional education that links academic inquiry with career training and development. The MPA program has three general goals:
- To prepare people for careers in public administration and policy analysis.
- To improve managerial competence of persons presently in public service through the advanced study of administrative processes and problems, and through an increased understanding of policy issues and research skills.
- To support additional university-based research in public administration and policy analysis.