University of Southern Indiana
MPA class with Mayor WInnecke

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA) degree program at the University of Southern Indiana is a course of study aimed to train and prepare students to be future managers, administrators and leaders in the public and non-profit sectors throughout the Evansville area, Southwestern Indiana, and the Tri-State region. 

Coursework in the Master of Public Administration program places a high priority on the application of the theories of public administration to real work situations. In MPA courses, students complete applied exams and analyze specific case studies. Students in the MPA program:

  • Learn how to write grant proposals
  • Develop personal leadership philosophies
  • Learn how to write policy memos in a clear and succinct manner
  • Learn to write surveys, analyze data, and evaluate programs
  • Build interpersonal communication, leadership, and teamwork skills
  • Refine their written and oral communication skills through papers and presentations

The MPA program is the preferred degree program for individuals who hold or hope to acquire supervisory positions in the public or non-profit sector. Individuals interested in these career sectors pursue the MPA to improve their management-related job skills and performance, obtain leadership positions within their current organizations or begin their careers in public or non-profit organizations.

Some pursue the MPA to strengthen their academic credentials and knowledge of the public sector to prepare for law school or doctoral level work.

Accessible to Working Professionals

Since the majority of students pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at USI are working professionals, the program offers all of its courses in the evening. Students are expected to be responsible for their own learning; therefore, courses place a premium on class discussion, especially student-led discussion. Some courses are offered as hybrid courses, which meet four to six times a semester, with the remaining coursework completed online.


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