Public Administration

Public Administration

Today’s public and non-profit administrators work in a complex, demanding world. 

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares you for leadership at all levels of government and non-profit organizations providing a strong interdisciplinary context to pursue the study of policy formation, implementation, and administration.


Program Description

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree for public and non-profit managers. It is delivered through live classes streamed over various internet technologies (anywhere students have access to high speed Internet connection) by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) to students in Alaska and the Yukon. The program prepares students for leadership at all levels of government and in non-profit organizations. Students learn to effectively deal with the economic, political, legal and social issues facing today’s public managers.

The program provides a strong interdisciplinary context in which to pursue the study of policy formation, implementation, and administration The MPA is designed to develop workplace skills and facilitate the intellectual growth and ethical behaviour of public administrators. Upon completion of the program students can obtain a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. The UAS MPA program comes to you where you work and live in Alaska and Yukon.

The MPA at UAS combines the relationships and structure of the regular classroom with the accessibility of a distance delivered program to create a stable, supportive and high quality education.


Rural Development
The Rural Development concentration is offered distance through the College of Rural and Community Development at University of Alaska Fairbanks. This concentration has a special focus on needs of Indigenous and other rural communities, including:

  • management of tribal-governments
  • community organizations
  • Indigenous-controlled profit and non-profit corporation

Natural Resource Policy
The Natural Resource Policy concentration addresses Alaska’s need and strong demand for professional management training in natural resources and environmental management issues.  Alaska’s abundance of natural resources and concomitant management issues are uniquely Alaskan as addressed in the State Constitution and need unique management solutions which the concentration provides.

For more information please complete the Request for Information form on the University of Alaska Southeast website.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the MPA program provides individuals with the skills necessary for entrance or advancement in professional positions in the public and non-profit sector. Employment opportunities can include areas such as:

  • state & local government
  • non-profit organizations
  • tribal government
  • military
  • economic development
  • public education
  • Department of Transportation
  • juvenile justice
  • health & human services
  • law enforcement
  • fish & game
  • environmental protection agency
Money Matters


Tuition fees are set by the University of Alaska Southeast.

Course costs in Canadian dollars average CAN$1850 to $2500 per course. 

For a schedule of tuition and fees, please refer to the University of Alaska Southeast Academic Catalog for the current academic year and reference the Fees & Expenses section.

Click here to view the MPA Graduate Handbook.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.