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Master of Public Administration

Public Administration WONK

The MPA Mission

The mission of the Masters of Public Administration program is to instill the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to manage and lead with distinction in government and related organizations that serve the public good in the U.S. democratic context and abroad.


  1. Apply acquired knowledge about administration, management, and leadership in contemporary public and related organizations and systems.
  2. Allocate administrative and programmatic resources based on analytic decision making.
  3. Analyze administrative problems, craft solutions, and communicate them effectively to relevant stakeholders.
  4. Incorporate a range of values into administrative actions, including democratic/constitutional values, respect for the diversity of people and perspectives in the policy process, and administrative values such as responsiveness, accountability, effectiveness and equity.

Gwen Sykes, SPA/MPA ’01

Gwen Sykes

As CFO of the U.S. Secret Service, Gwendolyn Sykes brings to SPA students years of experience managing financial operations for federal agencies.

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