Institute Programs

Master of Public Administration

The University of Montana’s graduate program in public administration is housed within the Max S. Baucus Institute to provide a cutting-edge education for individuals interested in excelling in the public service profession. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is typically required for many administrative positions in the public and nonprofit sectors; UM's MPA program is created to be flexible for pre-career and mid-career professionals. 

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Summer Study Abroad in China

China has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful economic forces in today’s global economy. The demand is increasing for experts familiar with the ever-changing nature of the Chinese economy and with Chinese political and legal systems to provide advisory services to businesses and policy makers. The Max S. Baucus Institute recognizes these needs and offers students an opportunity to experience China firsthand in our summer study abroad program.

The Summer Study Abroad China program immerses students with colleagues from other western universities, as well as Chinese law students, using faculty from all involved schools. Partner schools include the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China and the China Youth University of Political Studies in Beijing, China. This year‘s program features the following four, 1.5-credit courses:

  • Comparative Business Organizations
  • Comparative Renewable Energy Law
  • Comparative Constitutational Law
  • Comparative International Business Transactions Law

Faculty for the 2018 program include:

  • Mike McKey, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Sam Panarella, Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • Tiffany Graham, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Ramón E Ortiz-Vélez, University of South Dakota School of Law
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Baucus Institute Student Leaders Program

The Max S. Baucus Institute invites applications from University of Montana students for an opportunity to be part of the first class of Baucus Leaders in the summer of 2018. Baucus Leaders will be placed as interns in the Washington, D.C. offices of Montana’s congressional delegation and with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. One Baucus Leader will be placed as an intern in the each of the following Washington D.C.-based legislative offices: Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Representative Greg Gianforte, and one Baucus Leader will intern with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Each internship will start on or around June 4 and end on or around August 3. Applications are due Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Baucus Leaders will be selected based on academic performance, commitment to public service, and interest in the political process. The program is open to all full-time students at the University of Montana, undergraduate and graduate, who are in good academic standing at the time of applying and who will be enrolled as full-time students at UM during Fall Semester 2018.

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