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Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Master in Public Administration degree is an inter-university cooperative graduate program offered jointly by Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho. The purpose of the program is to provide present and prospective public administrators with the basic intellectual preparation necessary to understand and to adjust to a changing and challenging environment, through an introduction to the theories and practices of administration, management and social science research as these relate to effective performance in public organizations.

All students must take 24 credit hours of core area courses and 12 credits in a variety of specialized areas. Some of the topics included are State, Local, and Non-Profit Administration, Environmental Administration, and Public Health Administration.

  • Graduates will develop an appreciation of serving the public interest.
  • Graduates will respect and study the law and the Constitution.
  • Graduates will demonstrate personal integrity.
  • Graduates will promote ethical organizations.
  • Graduates will develop distinctive public administration skills.
  • Graduates will strive for professional excellence and updating of skills throughout their professional careers.

Please review the complete program description of the Masters of Public Administration at Idaho State University and the M.P.A. Graduate Program Handbook.

An advisory committee has been created to assist students in developing a curriculum that reflects their individual needs. The program phone number is (208) 282-2211, Stop 8073.

For information on the MPA program contact faculty member, Dr. Mark McBeth at

Please visit the political science section of the Idaho State graduate catalog for more specific information on teachers, classes, and program requirements.