Public Administration
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
760 TNRB
Program Requirements: 

The full-time MPA program is designed to provide an understanding of the essential body of knowledge and to develop the basic skills needed for professional management. Such essentials include quantitative analysis, managerial economics, organizational behavior, strategy, human resource management, accounting, budget and finance, ethics, and communication. These skills are taught through practical class and field experiences, case studies, formal and computer simulations, and special workshops and seminars. Second-year courses are designed around an individual’s desired sector and skill areas.  Sectors include local government, state and federal government, and nonprofit.  Skills include resource development, program management, and finance.  By selecting a sector and a skill area, students are uniquely prepared for a career where they can effectively administer in government and nonprofit programs.

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: 58
  • Required courses: 40 credit hours
  • First-year program: courses in economic decision making, decision analysis, organizational behavior, communication, administrative environment, budgeting, statistics, finance, program evaluation, and career preparation.
  • Second-year program: courses in ethics, legal issues, and human resource management, and a capstone course.
  • Sector and skill courses. By selecting a sector (local government, state and federal government, or nonprofit) and a skill (resource development, program management, or finance) a student takes 15 credits to prepare for a specific career path. 

Required courses:  MPA 520608, 612626630, 631, 632, 640, 641, 643644, 646, 647, 662, 680, 681, 683, 684

Sector and skills courses:  MPA 604615, 617, 621622, 623, 624, 625, 633, 634, 635, 638, 650, 653, 654, 655, 656659R, 675, 676, 690R

The preceding does not represent the full range of requirements and opportunities in the program. See professors, academic advisor and career services director for greater detail.

Admission Requirements: 

Additional Requirements

  • Interest in public management as reflected in a statement of intent.
  • The MPA program has no required prerequisite coursework. However, we strongly recommend that applicants complete the following undergraduate courses: economics, statistics, and accounting.  Students who have taken these classes enter the program better prepared for graduate courses in these areas. Students must also be comfortable with the basic tasks and functions in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
Program Outcomes: 

Public Service Values

BYU MPA graduates demonstrate an understanding of, passion for, and commitment to public service values, including reverence for the dignity and worth of all people and dedication to ethical governance.

Quantitative Analysis

BYU MPA graduates are skilled at evaluating programs and policies. They know how to gather data, correctly analyze it, and employ the analysis to recommend policy and programmatic action in public service organizations.


BYU MPA graduates effectively convey verbal and written information with the polish and professionalism appropriate for the public service context. They listen to and promote understanding among people with diverse viewpoints.

Teamwork & Collaboration

BYU MPA graduates know how to leverage the power of a team. They conduct effective, agenda-based team meetings, and promote mutual accountability with teammates and collaborative partners.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 103
International 10
Female 48
LDS 103
Non-White 31
BYU Undergraduate 61
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 309.5
GRE Quantitative Score 152.6
GRE Quantitative Percentile 50.4
GRE Verbal Score 156.9
GRE Verbal Percentile 71.4
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 63.9
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 1.8
Graduated Per Year 46.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 92.6
Admitted Per Year 62.6
Percent Admitted 67.60
Average GPA 3.62