Public Service and Ethics
Public Service and Ethics
Department Information: 
760 TNRB

Administered through the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares men and women for leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Leadership in this context provides unique opportunities for service to others. The faculty and students of the Romney Institute are dedicated to the philosophy that students should develop excellence in both knowledge and management skills, based on a solid ethical foundation. The success of this philosophy is demonstrated by the wide variety of leadership positions now held by alumni throughout the world in state and local governments, federal agencies, research organizations, business firms, and diverse nonprofit organizations. Graduates are employed in a variety of careers, such as city managers, personnel directors, policy analysts, nonprofit program directors, performance auditors, and finance directors.

Today the public sector is called on to assist in areas that were traditionally the sole domain of profit organizations. Never before has there been a greater need for professionally trained public managers, and never before has there been greater opportunity for dedicated and qualified public managers to provide leadership in shaping the course of human affairs through public institutions and programs.

The Romney Institute offers two programs leading to the MPA degree: full-time and executive. Both are accredited by NASPAA - The Global Standard in Public Service Education. The full-time program requires two years; approximately fifty students are admitted each year. The executive program is taught one night a week for three years; approximately fifty students are admitted each year.

Director:  Lori L. Wadsworth Graduate Coordinator:  Jeffry A. Thompson

Resources & Opportunity: 

The N. Eldon Tanner Building. The Tanner Building, which houses the Marriott School of Business, is one of the finest facilities of its kind. The original building, with a dramatic seven-story atrium, was updated with a four-story addition. The addition boasts thirty-nine team study rooms, six large case rooms, the Blue Line Deli, and adds 76,000 square feet to the existing building.

The Marriott School of Business. The Marriott School is recognized as one of the outstanding management schools in the nation. Faculty are actively engaged in research and publication, and they fill leadership positions in a number of national professional organizations. The school has developed innovative educational programs that include internships, executive visitation programs, special student consulting and research projects, and other activities designed to bring management education and training closer to management practice. This is accomplished, in part, through the Marriott School’s National Advisory Council.

The National Advisory Council. Consisting of more than 160 prominent business and government executives, the National Advisory Council lends major support to the Marriott School. Students benefit by interacting with council members in special campus lectures and seminars and by visiting or working with these executives in their respective organizations. Furthermore, the council assists students with placement opportunities, helps develop funding sources for scholarships, and provides professional development for faculty members.

Financial Assistance: 

The Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics utilizes the Marriott School’s financial aid provisions. Qualified MPA students can receive aid from the following: the Marriott School of Business Scholarship Fund, private scholarship donations, assistantship opportunities, and loan assistance.

Scholarships. The Marriott School offers scholarships to Marriott School students through the college, departments and programs. One application online at allows students to apply for all scholarships the Marriott School offers.

Assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships are available for qualified second-year students.

Loans. Several loans are available for Marriott School students:

  • Marriott School loans: available to full-time Marriott School day students. Marriott School loans are handled on an individual basis, dependent on financial need and standing within the participating program.
  • BYU short-term loans: available for up to the cost of tuition only.
  • Federal Stafford loans: subsidized by the U.S. government. Not available for international students.

More information on and applications for these loans are available from the BYU Financial Aid Office, A-41 ASB, (801) 422-4104.