MPA Mission Statement
The mission of the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is to prepare successful, effective and ethical leaders with strong managerial skills who can build strategies to help shape policy and find solutions that meet the demanding challenges in the government and nonprofit sector.
The UDC MPA program has three major program goals that directly reflect the mission of the program.
Goal 1: To prepare students to lead and manage ethically in diverse environments.
The Metro area covers the borders of two states and the District of Columbia, with multiple levels of government and plethora of governing systems. Within the District of Columbia alone, there are nearly 9,000 nonprofit organizations,and many more in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.
- This goal addresses our mission to provide the Washington Metro area with “knowledgeable ethical leaders.”
- Public Service Value – The MPA program emphasizes ethical values, creative and critical thinking, accountability, and transparency.
Goal 2: Students will be able to conduct public policy development research in areas of public or nonprofit administration.
- The program’s mission statement includes a commitment to developing “effective leaders.” The MPA program’s academic method for developing leadership competency is a framework of scholarly and applied public policy development research.
- Public Service Value – The MPA program encourages innovation in problem solving and demonstrates public service value through applied research.
Goal 3: To prepare students to apply management principles and concepts in organizations.
- The primary purpose of the MPA program’s mission is to prepare ethical and efficient leaders to serve the public sector.
- Public Service Value – The program is designed to help students recognize the value of public service.