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Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to be the difference? For over 30 years, UAB's nationally ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) program 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.

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Are you a recent graduate? The MPA program will help you gain the knowledge and experience you need for the job market. Are you an experienced professional who wants to advance your career? The MPA program and the Graduate Certificates in Public Management and Nonprofit Management were designed with you in mind. Are you an international student? The MPA program will work with you to further your success.

Our Mission

In line with the mission of the University, the MPA program is committed to excellence in graduate education through teaching, research, service, and practice. The program focuses on building the next generation of global leaders and responsible decision makers by enhancing their intellectual and social capacities through knowledge and skills provided within the framework of public service values embedded in the MPA curriculum.

Nationally Ranked, Internationally Recognized

The MPA program at UAB is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Our nationally ranked program (number 73 in the nation) is among the best in the Southeast and is one of the top 200 public administration masters programs worldwide. We invite you to explore our program and see all that it has to offer. The UAB MPA Program is a proud partner with the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships Program.

The UAB Advantage

The MPA program has been designed to help you succeed.

  • Networking. The MPA at UAB offers what many online programs cannot: connections to 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 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.

  • Mentoring. A new program beginning Fall 2017 gives students professional guidance to help them meet their career goals. Students who satisfactorily complete the program will also be awarded a professional development certificate.