UM Program Moves Closer to Professional Accreditation

November 28, 2016

MISSOULA – The Master of Public Administration program at the University of Montana took a major step toward professional accreditation recently by becoming a member of NASPAA – the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

NASPAA is the global standard in public service education. The organization works to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the idea of public service.

During a recent national conference, UM was recognized for as the only NASPAA member in Montana.

“We couldn’t be more pleased by this recognition,” UM Interim Provost Beverly Edmond said. “This demonstrates the vitality of our Montana program and brings us closer to achieving our goal of full accreditation.”

UM’s Master of Public Administration program is well established and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Coursework is in-person, online or a combination of both. It’s specialization in nonprofit administration recently was ranked 10th in the nation.

UM’s core MPA faculty members are program coordinator Jeffrey Green, Sara Rinfret, Andrea Vernon, Trisha Miller, Peter Koehn and Anthony Johnstone. The program prepares students for administrative careers in public and nonprofit agencies by satisfying the knowledge and skill requirements for both pre-career and mid-career students.

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Contact: Sara Rinfret, assistant professor, UM Department of Political Science, 406-243-2461,