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Dr. Sylvia R. Benatti
MPA Program Coordinator
Associate Professor


Main Office


MPA Mission Statement

The mission of the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is to provide a rigorous curriculum that is diverse and promotes a commitment to public service with a focus on integrity, critical thinking and an action-oriented collaborative approach demonstrated through research and experiential learning opportunities.  The program educates graduate students to provide the Washington metropolitan area federal and local government agencies at the city, county, and state levels, nonprofit organizations, and beyond, with competent, knowledgeable and ethical leaders able to communicate with diverse employees and manage programs.


  • Goal 1: To prepare students who are able to comprehend and navigate diverse environments and provide ethical leadership and service to the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • Goal 2: To prepare students to conduct scholarly and applied research in areas of public or nonprofit administration.
  • Goal 3: To prepare students to apply public administration knowledge and intellectual resources by interacting with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions with integrity.