MPA – Mission Statement & Guiding Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the MPA Program is to create a diverse, inclusive environment that advances democratic values in the pursuit of the study and practice of public affairs and public administration.  The MPA program advances the School’s mission and commitment to public values by focusing its scholarship and pedagogy on the ability to achieve competence, diversity, knowledge, service, and ethics in public and nonprofit sector management.  The MPA program emphasizes an institutional commitment to the world and its diverse communities at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels of governance.    


Guiding Values

  • Competence: The MPA program seeks to produce competent MPA graduates who have a sophisticated understanding of public affairs and the knowledge and skills to lead public and nonprofit organizations successfully.
  • Diversity: The MPA program seeks to enhance diversity in addressing public and nonprofit sector managerial issues and policy dynamics by incorporating a broad range of perspectives and expanding the racial, ethnic, gender, and national backgrounds of our faculty and students.
  • Knowledge: MPA faculty and students seek to expand the academic knowledge of the field and the practice of public management through research, publishing, conference participation, and applied research projects with government and nonprofit organizations.
  • Service: The MPA program serves as an important vehicle to enhance the University’s commitment to public service and publicly-engaged scholarship in greater Newark, the State of New Jersey, the region, the United States, and internationally.
  • Ethics: The MPA program advances the incorporation and reliance on ethics in public and nonprofit decision-making processes through an emphasis on democratic-constitutional norms and values and a focus on public service ethics throughout the curriculum.
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