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Master of Arts - Public Administration

Preparing Individuals to Excel in Leadership and Administrative Roles

The Master of Arts - Public Administration* (MPA) program is an interdisciplinary program designed for individuals seeking employment or advancement to leadership positions in public service organizations including federal, state and local government, non-profit agencies, law enforcement, and public or private colleges and universities. This program offers students a great opportunity to network with others from a variety of fields and backgrounds.

The Public Administration program produces value for the region, state and society by preparing highly-qualified and skilled public administrators who contribute to the betterment of a culturally diverse workplace and by providing intellectual and experiential opportunities that enrich the lives of people.

* The Master of Arts - Public Administration was previously known as Master of Arts Administrative Science prior to Fall 2016.

The Master of Arts - Public Administration program provides:

  • The development of administrative skills and a mature sense of leadership.
  • A high level of personal and professional ethics.
  • A substantial awareness of human values and behavior and of the individual’s moral responsibility for the actions of organizations of which he or she is a part.
  • An understanding and mature appreciation of major elements of the social and political environment.
  • Knowledge of contemporary methods of research and data analysis.
  • Proficiency in written and oral expression.

A Student Affairs Administration Certificate is also available providing students with both academic and applied backgrounds in the administration of university or college student affairs.


Saginaw Valley State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Dr. Joseph Jaksa
Professor/Program Coordinator