The Public Policy and Administration (PPA) program offers the master’s degree in public administration (MPA), an important academic nucleus of the university’s designated area of emphasis in public affairs. As the urban university in Idaho located in the capital city, Boise State has the mandate to provide educational opportunities related to public affairs. The program offers this degree to help fulfill that mandate. It is the only MPA accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in Idaho and one of only twelve in the six states surrounding Idaho.
The MPA is designed to prepare pre-service students and in-service professionals for positions of leadership in public service. Administrators and other staff members in all levels of government, non-profit organizations and private sector governmental affairs departments take advantage of the general administrative and policy analysis curriculum offered in the MPA. The curriculum provides the theoretical and practical dimensions of public management necessary to assist students seeking public service careers. The MPA has three concentrations: 1) General Public Administration 2) Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Policy and Administration, and 3) State and Local Government Policy and Administration.
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