Department of Public Administration and Policy

The University of Montana’s Department of Public Administration and Policy is the first of its kind in Montana. The mission of our department is to provide an innovative public service education for pre-career and in-career public and nonprofit administration students. Our department offers a variety of degrees: Master of Public Administration, certificates in public policy, nonprofit administration, and public administration, an undergraduate minor and certificate in nonprofit administration, and professional training opportunities. Our department is centrally located within the Alexander Blewett III School of Law’s Max S. Baucus Institute. Our faculty offer coursework online, in-person, and via robot.

For fall 2020, please see the DPAP Covid-Safe FAQ Guide (PDF)

For more information contact the Department Chair & Master of Public Administration Director:

Dr. Sara Rinfret 


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NASPAA Accredited

The MPA program is accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration), which is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership and accreditation organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. Its nearly 300 members - located across the U.S. and in 14 countries around the globe - award MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees.