About the Institute

In times when too few are engaged in problem-solving and productive policymaking, the Baucus Institute will help foster dialogue, train business and government leaders, play a central role in economic development and make a meaningful contribution to the national discourse on a range of important topics.

Our goal is simple: to prepare our next generation of public servants and engage in work that makes a meaningful difference for today’s leaders. We look forward to your participation in the Max S. Baucus Institute, where we will carry on the Ambassador’s commitment to working together in the noblest of all human endeavors – public service.


We provide the necessary resources and opportunities for students, faculty and stakeholders to directly engage in solving real-world challenges. Through expanded clinical education opportunities, internships and global education, and peer-to-peer training, we are forging the way in training leaders who will solve tomorrow's complex legal and policy challenges, support economic vitality and build a just world.

Our programs include:

Department of Public Administration and Policy

The Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) resides within the Baucus Institute. The department offers a Master of Public Administration, an undergraduate minor in nonprofit administration and graduate certificates in public policy, public administration and nonprofit administration.

In addition to academic programs, DPAP administers the following:

Big Sky Poll

The Big Sky Poll collects and reports information about Montanans' perceptions of local, state, and federal issues. 

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The Public Service Academy is an educational opportunity for public and nonprofit sector employees who want to advance their skills through training from experts in public policy, public administration and the law.

Max S. Baucus Papers

The Max S. Baucus Papers serve as evidence of a career spent in public service and provide a window into the day-to-day life and work of a member of Congress. The collection includes administrative files, constituent correspondence, sponsored and cosponsored bills, floor and hearing statements, committee files, voting records, legislative subject files, press materials, campaign files and ephemera, and some personal material.

Portions of the official archives of Ambassador Max S. Baucus are available for research at the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.