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At a Glance

Why Get an MPA? Is it the right Masters for me?

At A Glance

The most frequently asked question by prospective students is What's the difference between an MPA and an MBA? The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a management degree for those pursuing a career in the private sector. It deals with market realities and profit goals.

On the other hand, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a management degree for those pursuing a career in the public sector. It deals with management under current political realities and public interest goals. The MPA is designed to assist students in developing the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to design, implement and evaluate policies, projects, and programs that promote ethical democratic governance, while addressing organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges.

Whether you are in the midst of your career or just out of college, graduate school might be the next step for you to pursue. This may be one of the most important decisions of your professional life. Part of the decision is weighing the short-term costs of graduate studies against long-term benefits. As more and more people acquire undergraduate degrees, the top positions in organizations are being filled by individuals who have further developed their understanding of their field through a master's degree.

Having an MPA opens doors for career advancement that would not occur otherwise. If you are thinking about working towards an MPA – go for it! It’s the best investment you can make. – Elizabeth Watanabe, UAS MPA Graduate
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The School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Business and Public Administration programs have been approved for candidacy status with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Business Administration department maintains current membership with the ACBSP. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. ACBSP’s mission statement is “ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.” The ACBSP accreditation standards are modeled on the Baldrige National Quality Program and its Criteria for Educational Performance Excellence.

The University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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