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Master of Public Administration

The Department of Political Science at the University of Idaho offers the Master of Public Administration degree for students interested in careers in the governance and management of local governments and communities. Students can expect to leave the program with intellectual and analytical skills, and the practical experience needed to enhance their ability to serve local governments and communities. The program is public-service oriented, and is delivered in partnership with communities in Idaho and Washington.

The program requires 36 hours of coursework and offers two tracks. The internship track is designed for students who have little or no public administration experience while the in-service track is designed for working professionals who seek to strengthen their leadership skills. Internship track students complete a 3 to 6-hour internship to gain hands-on experience in the governance of local government and communities. These students are normally full-time students. Most in-service students attend part-time. 

Students may then develop their specific interests in local government by choosing 12 to 15 hours of elective courses. These courses may be chosen in alignment with the bioregional planning and community design graduate program, or other graduate programs on campus with the approval of their advisor.

If you would like more information about our M.P.A. program, contact:

Brian A. Ellison, Chair
Department of Political Science
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844

Phone: (208) 885-6328

Political Science

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Political Science Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3165
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

Phone: (208) 885-6328

Fax: (208) 885-5102


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