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Master of Public Administration (MPA) 

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Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing educational excellence and leadership development to about 5,800 students — both nationally and internationally — at our traditional campus in picturesque Fayette, Iowa; through our various online degree programs; at our U.S. centers; through our self-paced degree program; and at our international centers.

Many students view graduate school as the next logical step on the educational ladder. Is taking that next step the right move for you? Read more about the UIU MPA graduate experience here.

Upper Iowa University Master of Public Administration Program

Mission: "The UIU MPA program provides an opportunity for a diverse population of adult learners to develop the administrative, analytical, leadership, and managerial skills needed to promote the public good and strengthen core democratic values through service in government and non-profit organizations."

Requirements for a Master of Public Administration Degree

The Upper Iowa University Master of Public Administration degree requires 42 semester credits of graduate level course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for completion. At Upper Iowa University, three semester credit courses are scheduled in six, eight week terms, each year. A full time course load is three semester credits per term.

The MPA degree provides learners with the current theories, concepts and learning models necessary to assume leadership roles in a public sector or non-profit agency with an emphasis in:

    • Government Administration
    • Health and Human Services
    • Emergency Management and Homeland Security
    • Nonprofit Organization
    • Public Personnel Management
    • General Studies

Graduates will be positioned to make significant contributions to their organizations.

What our students are saying:

"The MPA program at UIU is great! The professors are experts in their subject area and are always willing to lend a hand in helping you succeed and reach your goals. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed all of my professors at UIU and am really glad that I made the decision to get my MPA from UIU." Charles, current student.

Nationally regarded programs offered through Online, Learning centers in six states, and Self-Paced Degree Program.

  • Academically qualified faculty with practitioner experience
  • No on campus residency for distance learning programs
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Open enrollment so you can begin your degree during any term
  • Flexible schedule for accelerated degree completion
  • Maximum transfer of credits; military, ACE, CLEP, DSST, and experiential learning

Online demo classroom:

Our programs offer flexibility and convenience through a web-based platform that you can fit into your schedule. Our demo course can help you determine if online learning is a good fit for you.

Is Distance Learning for You?

Would you be a successful distance learning student? Online courses offer students opportunities to learn in new ways and makes learning available to many who cannot attend a traditional class. However, online courses are not for everybody, just as not every student is successful in traditional college classes. Discover what it takes to be a successful online learner.

Contact us today for more information:

Upper Iowa University
Center for Distance Education
PO Box 1861
Fayette, IA 52142-1861
Toll free phone: 800-553-4150 [1+2] (daytime or after-hours voice mail)
Direct phone: 563-425-5667 (daytime or after-hours voice mail)
Fax: 563-425-5287


Last Updated 9/11/14