Dear MPA Students:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Masters of Public Administration program, I am pleased to welcome you to our graduate program.   The MPA program is designed to prepare students for a career of public service.  Students will be exposed to the essential components of public service professionalism—excellence in technique, ethics and leadership—to help meet the challenges in the years ahead.  Our award-winning, student-oriented faculty is dedicated to helping you achieve this “professional edge” in small, stimulating seminars, convenient evening courses, super-modern facilities and we have an excellent record in placing graduates.

It is an ideal time to have a masters of public administration with the impending retirement of tens of thousands of civil servants and the explosive growth of outsourcing of government work to nonprofit and private organizations.  These changes have created a demand from all sectors for students who want to “make an impact” and who have the skills that come with an MPA.  It is important to know how to manage people, money and technology regardless of the setting in which you work.

Our faculty and staff will assist you with course selection, advising and career counseling and give priority to your intellectual growth and development.  We are pleased you have chosen to join us and look forward to learning with you in the months to come.

Sincerely,
Professor Jonathan P. West
MPA Director