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University of La Verne Master of Public Administration Among U.S. News & World Report’s Top-Ranked Programs

The University of La Verne’s Master’s of Public Administration program is among the top programs of its type, according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings. 

The university’s public administration program is ranked in the top five of programs in the greater Los Angeles region, and it rose eight places this year to 101st out of 276 graduate programs across the nation.

The rankings are based on peer assessment surveys by deans, directors, and academic chairs from master’s programs in public affairs and administration.

The university has both a master’s and doctoral program in public administration. Graduates go on to use their skills at nonprofit organizations and working in local, state, and federal government, among others.

Students who enroll in the University of La Verne program are looking for several things, said Marcia Godwin, professor of public administration and director of the Master’s of Public Administration program.

Students “are really looking for a personalized, high-value program,” she said.

They are also looking for tools that will help them make an impact.

Students are “looking for a deeper understanding of how they can improve outcomes in their communities,” she said.

By the time they complete their education, students have developed an expertise in explaining complex material in a way that is understandable by members of the public, a critical point when seeking to have transparency in government and other areas. Graduates also understand the importance of ethics, one of the University of La Verne’s core values.

Students build connections with classmates, Godwin said. They work closely with advisors, take part in an academic competition that tests their skills, and interact with professionals in their field.

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