UM Master of Public Administration Program Ranked Again For Online Excellence

October 09, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s noteworthy Master of Public Administration Program has earned another high national ranking.

For the second year in a row, (ACO) recognized the MPA program for offering one of the best online master’s in public administration programs in the country.  

“In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we wanted to honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and affordable.”

The UM program curriculum is designed to advance public and nonprofit sector professionals in their current or future careers.

“Our curriculum is cutting-edge because MPA faculty are committed to pushing our students to apply theory to practice by using new technologies in a variety of modalities – online, in-person and even robots,” said Sara Rinfret, director of the UM program. 

UM allows students to complete their degree online or in person. The program enables students to customize their degree by specializing in nonprofit administration or a joint degree in law.

This is the second accolade for UM’s program this month. 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.

For more information about the program, visit


Contact: Sara Rinfret, director, UM Master of Public Administration Program, 406-243-4702,