UM Master of Public Administration Program Earns National Ranking

October 01, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Master of Public Administration program recently received national accolades. ranked UM’s MPA program No. 15 out of 50 in a review of schools across the nation, noting its quality and individualized attention for student success. conducted 80 hours of research analyzing every online MPA program to identify the top 50. In addition to being ranked 15th, UM’s program was also named the “Most Focused Program” and the review noted that “students receive a great deal of personal attention.” Read the full ranking at

 “We are honored to be recognized as one of the best in the nation,” said Sara Rinfret, director of the program. “Our MPA faculty are dedicated to providing pre-career and mid-career professionals with tangible skills for our students to advance in their public and nonprofit careers. We are fortunate to work with the best and brightest students in the state and region.”

The core curriculum of the MPA program focuses on public budgeting, policy analysis, applied research methods, human resource management, and the structure and behavior of organizations.

UM offers students the ability to complete their MPA online or in person, providing flexibility for working professionals. The program also allows students to customize their degree by specializing in nonprofit administration or a joint degree in law.

For more information about the UM’s MPA program, visit


Contact: Sara Rinfret, director, UM Masters of Public Administration program, 406-243-4702,