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Public Administration (M.P.A.)


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Creating Effective Local Leadership

Learn to lead by gaining the intellectual and practical skills needed to serve the public interest through positions in local governments and communities. You will gain hands-on experience through internships and opportunities to network with town and community leaders. The MPA program is available on campus and online.

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  • 100% job placement rate and paid internship for graduates.
  • Close student interaction with faculty who have a wide range of expertise.
  • Local/community government focus.
  • Professional, terminal degree.
  • Available on campus or online.
  • Full and part-time online students pay a set-rate tuition.

4+1 Accelerated MPA

The University of Idaho also offers a one-year Master of Public Administration (4+1 MPA) for current University of Idaho students through the Department of Politics and Philosophy. This shortened MPA program is for those interested in careers in local government and public sector broadly including nonprofit sector, and is suitable for students who are committed to uninterrupted transition to grad school and who wish to earn a master’s degree in one year. The U of I 4+1 MPA is an accelerated version of the MPA degree with the same requirements as that of the regular MPA degree.

Current U of I students with bachelor’s degree in any major having 3.0 undergraduate GPA or better can apply for 4+1 MPA. Continuous University of Idaho enrollment from undergraduate to 4+1 MPA is required. No other specific undergraduate preparation is required. In addition to receiving expedited admission, students enrolled in 4+1 MPA are eligible for undergraduate tuition for one year and are allowed to share maximum 6 undergraduate credits of 400-level or above earned with letter grade B or better for both undergraduate and MPA degrees. Students can also reserve up to 6 graduate 500-level credits earned with letter grade B or better during their undergraduate to count toward their 4+1 MPA.


Department of Politics and Philosophy

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Department of Politics and Philosophy
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Phone: 208-885-6328