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Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Southern Indiana strives to meet the needs of current and future civic leaders and managers by providing students with the practical knowledge and professional and academic skills, rooted in a strong understanding of the theories of public administration, to become ethical, creative, and inspirational leaders in the public and non-profit sectors.  Our graduates are prepared to meet the economic, social, and political challenges that face leading public sector institutions and non-profit organizations.

Vision Statement

Preparing civic leaders to meet society’s challenges in the 21st century.

Program Goals

  1. Obtain knowledge of the theoretical and institutional foundations and the internal operations of the public and non-profit sectors and how these sectors are shaped by their economic, social, and political environments.
  2. Master an understanding of how key concepts and theories in the field of public administration can be used to formulate applied solutions to problems associated with public and non-profit administration.
  3. Acquire practical skills necessary for the management of public and non-profit organizations, such as grant writing, budgeting, public speaking, human resources management, organizational behavior, electronic communication, and report writing.
  4. Learn how to gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data (through data bases, web sites, printed material, and other information-based resources) and develop research skills that can be used to advance the knowledge and practice of public administration. 
  5. Understand the ethical consequences of decisions made by managers and administrators in the public and non-profit sectors.
  6. Increase faculty and student diversity.
  7. Improve the Recruitment and Retention of MPA students.