Henry W. Bloch
School of Management

Named by U.S. News and World Report as a Top Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program for ProfessionalsUSA News & World Report Public Affairs

The Next Generation of Public Service Leaders

Do you have a passion for public service? Do you dream of making a positive impact in your community, region or area of interest? The world needs visionary and entrepreneurial leaders to tackle some of the most wicked challenges facing the public and nonprofit sectors.  Our community-engaged faculty will help you develop the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to effectively, ethically and efficiently lead in nonprofit, public and civic organizations. In addition, we have ample opportunity for networking with other students, alumni and faculty outside the classroom.  With professional students in mind, the MPA program is designed to be completed on weekday evenings. Thanks to investments in state of the art classroom technology, students can join in person or virtually from anywhere in the world.

The Bloch School has long-standing and substantial connections to the greater Kansas City area, and faculty bring those connections to students in the MPA program. As a Bloch School MPA student you will learn valuable skills, such as policy analysis, program evaluation and budget management that will help you become an effective public service leader. MPA students are able to develop a specialization and earn a certificate by focusing in one of three emphasis areas — Health Leadership, Nonprofit Management and Innovation and Urban Policy and Management.

Download the MPA overview (PDF)

Learn from Faculty with Real Public Service Experience

Students in the Bloch School MPA learn from pracademic and community engaged faculty that bring both academic expertise and real-world experience to the classroom.  The core MPA faculty includes 2 Fulbright Scholars and almost 100 years of combined public service leadership experience in nonprofit organizations as well as in local, state, and federal government to support student learning.  UMKC MPA students are well prepared for public service by learning from faculty with real experience in public service.

View Faculty

Real-World Engagement

The Bloch School MPA emphasizes experiential learning to ensure students can practice the skills they are learning.  MPA courses provide the foundation and skills needed to be an effective public and nonprofit leader while also providing significant opportunities to practice those skills in real-world contexts.  Real-World engagement in the MPA program includes both internships and extensive experiential learning within the coursework.  With the help of the full-service Bloch Career Center as well as faculty advising, students have support to secure a high-quality professional internship.  Alongside the internship opportunities, many MPA courses have experiential learning as a central part of the class.  Experiential learning provides MPA students the opportunity to work with and learn from practicing public servants.  High profile public servants are frequent visitors to the MPA courses and frequently serve in mentoring capacities with service-learning projects.  MPA students are also able to complete a consulting course, Pub-Adm 5596, that utilizes a client-based model providing students the opportunity to complete major consulting projects with public and nonprofit organizations.  Bloch School MPA students gain professional networks and real world learning that sets them up for success after graduation.

A Respected Program at an Excellent Value

An MPA degree from a nationally recognized program located in the heart of Kansas City can help you advance your career in public service. Students are also able to access the extensive resources available in a high-quality business school to further their professional, academic and personal goals. Thanks to investments in innovative and state of the art classroom technology, students can join classes from anywhere in the world.

View tuition rates 

More Paths to the MPA

KC Alumna Makes an Impact in Her Hometown

"I was born and raised in Kansas City. I want to stay in my city and see an impact in my city. Anything that I could learn to make that a possibility was necessary for me."

Daisy Garcia Montoya

Casework Assistant, District Office of Congressman Cleaver

Contact Us

Gene Pegler

Executive Director of Student Affairs
Email: peglere@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-5254

Julie Smith

Graduate Recruiter
Email: BlochGrad@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-6856
AACSB Accredited NASPAA Accredited - The commission on peer review and accredidatation