Why a BYU MPA?

A BYU MPA will prepare you to make a difference—in your career and in your private life. Our students come from diverse academic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, yet they all share the same overarching goal to have an impact on the world around them.

Our program is unique from most MPA programs in important ways. The BYU MPA is housed at the Marriott School of Management—a top-ranked business school. Nearly every course in the program is focused on teaching our students applied skills and knowledge that will have an immediate impact on their careers. Furthermore, almost all of our courses are built around giving students hands-on experience through opportunities to work with community partners and apply the skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations in local, national, and global organizations.



The purpose of the BYU MPA & EMPA programs is to prepare leaders of exceptional capability and integrity who are committed to serving their communities and making public service organizations better. The Romney Institute of Public Management will accomplish this by:

  • Attracting men and women of faith and character who demonstrate professional promise and a commitment to improving the organizations in which they work;
  • Imparting the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to effectively lead public service organizations;
  • Providing students with opportunities to explore and identify career choices and achieve their public service goals;
  • Recruiting and supporting high caliber faculty who produce quality scholarship relevant to public service practice.

Learning Outcomes

The BYU MPA and EMPA programs prepare students for work in public service, including professional and voluntary work in government, nonprofit/NGO and public interest-oriented private sector positions. Graduates of the BYU MPA programs will exhibit four core competencies that will enable them to exercise good governance in public service organizations:

  1. Public Service Values: BYU MPA graduates demonstrate an understanding of, passion for, and commitment to public service values, including reverence for the dignity and worth of all people and dedication to ethical governance.
  2. Quantitative Analysis: BYU MPA graduates are skilled at evaluating programs and policies. They know how to gather data, correctly analyze it, and employ the analysis to recommend policy and programmatic action in public service organizations. 
  3. Communication: BYU MPA graduates effectively convey verbal and written information with the polish and professionalism appropriate for the public service context. They listen to and promote understanding among people with diverse viewpoints.
  4. Teamwork & Collaboration: BYU MPA graduates know how to leverage the power of a team. They conduct effective, agenda-based team meetings, and promote mutual accountability with teammates and collaborative partners.  

BYU MPA Handbook

The BYU MPA Handbook contains policies and procedures for admitted students.