UM’s MPA Program Ranked Among Top Affordable Online Programs

September 20, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Master of Public Administration program was once again lauded as a top online program nationwide. ranked UM’s MPA program No. 18 out of 50 in a review of schools across the nation, noting its quality and affordability.

The online ranking touts that the University of Montana's MPA program provides “everyone involved with a great deal of personal attention.”

The full ranking can be viewed online at

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best in the nation,” said Sara Rinfret, associate professor of political science and the director of UM’s MPA program. “Our students are truly remarkable and our mission is to provide flexibility in course delivery by offering a high-quality and affordable education for public service professionals to advance in their current and future careers.”

The core curriculum of an MPA program typically focuses on public budgeting, ethics, policy analysis, and the structure and behavior of organizations.

UM offers students the ability to complete their degree online or in person, providing flexibility for public and nonprofit professionals to advance their current and future careers. The program allows students to customize their degree by specializing in nonprofit administration or a joint degree in law. Many students elect to add a certificate in nonprofit administration or natural resource conflict resolution. assembles rankings to help prospective students find affordable schools and programs that match their educational interests. Learn about the ranking methodology online at

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


Contact: Sara Rinfret, UM associate professor of political science, Masters of Public Administration director, 406-243-4702,