The Department of Public Administration at the University of Maine is, at once, both venerable and cutting-edge. Public administration has been part of the curriculum at the University since the close of the Second World War. More than half a century later, the Department continues to instill in students the classical concepts, theories, and ethical principles that underpin top-quality public management and policy analysis.
Public administration education at UMaine then goes further. It engages students in examining hot-button contemporary issues in public policy and public service, encourages students to explore the influence of rapidly-evolving technologies that affect government and nonprofit administration, and even offers students an opportunity to tackle techniques essential for futures research as it applies to public organizations.
In fact, the Department’s mission embodies the University of Maine’s mission of learning, discovery, and service:
Prepare students for productive, fulfilling careers in public and nonprofit administration — particularly in the dynamics of state and local government.
Promote an understanding and appreciation of the functions and
value of government in society.
Contribute to the improvement of governance and societal institutions
Ethics & Credentials
Students taking public administration courses are held to the high ethical standards the public has a right to expect of anyone entering public service. Ethics policies of the Department, the University, and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) set the tone for public administration students, faculty, and staff.
The University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Public Policy and Administration (NASPAA); the MPA program was first included on NASPAA’s register of approved programs in 1980 and was most recently reaccredited in 2001 for a seven-year term. The University of Maine has been accredited since 1929 through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the University of Maine’s most recent reaccredidation was in 1999.
Students who sustain high academic standards while majoring in public management may be eligible for induction into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration education.
Enduring Traditions. Programs offered through the Department of Public Administration have served — both long and well — the State of Maine, its localities, and its nonprofit institutions. The programs contribute to public service around the country and around the world. That evolution takes strength from the University itself and from the people of the State of Maine.