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Why a University of Dayton MPA?

The University of Dayton MPA Program, offered since 1967, prepares responsible public-servant leaders who advance the common good by working to improve the quality of public service locally, nationally, and globally. We serve students currently employed or seeking employment in the public and nonprofit sectors. Prospective MPA students should choose our program because of its Affordability, Adaptability, and Connectivity.

Our MPA Program is:

  • Affordable – cost-competitive with other MPA programs in Ohio and the region
  • Adaptable – meets the needs of in-service/pre-service students and public/nonprofit-oriented students; and is customizable through the choices of electives, internships, public service projects, independent studies, and capstone projects
  • Connected – small class and cohort sizes, allowing close relationships with peers, faculty mentors, community partners, and well-placed alums in local, state, federal, and nonprofit organizations

Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Joshua Ambrosius, to make an inquiry or ask any questions.

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Support Our Program

Please consider supporting the MPA Program by making a gift to help public service professionals obtain an MPA degree and provide a cost-sharing opportunity for Dayton community organizations to assist with employee tuition costs. 

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Accreditation and Ranking

The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) fully accredited the University of Dayton MPA Program through the 2027-28 academic year. NASPAA Accreditation verifies a program’s commitment to public service values, programmatic improvement, and educational quality. Furthermore, US News & World Report ranked our program among the nation’s Best Public Affairs Programs based on a survey of academics at peer institutions. We rank as one of the top MPA Programs serving the State of Ohio.


Master of Public Administration

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425