Public Administration

Public Administration. The Department of Government's MPA program focuses on building the next generation of responsible decision makers. For over 30 years, it has prepared students for successful careers in public service where they can serve the greater good. We have graduates locally and across the country who have become successful leaders and managers in local, state, and federal government positions, and in nonprofit organizations. The program is designed to develop the insights and skills needed to plan and formulate policy, and to organize, manage, and implement programs and operations, and it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The MPA program has been designed to give you what you need to succeed.

  • Networking. The MPA at UAB offers what most online programs cannot: connections to the people who make hiring decisions and opportunities to connect with government and nonprofit agencies in Alabama's largest metro area. We have a solid track record of helping our students obtain excellent career placements in public service positions locally and nationally.

  • A Program that Fits Your Life. Our program is designed with the busy professional in mind. All classes are offered in the evening, allowing our students to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment. In addition, some of our courses offer a mix of online and face-to-face instruction.

  • Experience. UAB's location in Birmingham offers countless opportunities for students to interact with a wide variety of public service professionals in the government and nonprofit sectors. Many of our courses are taught by those professionals. Our location also provides great opportunities for a wide range of internship placements. Our internship program has been recognized by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for its excellence.


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