Graduates of the Bloch Master of Public Administration program work for UMKC in supervisory positions all over the university. Whether you’re a mid-career adult looking for a career change or simply ready for the next stage in professional development, the Bloch M.P.A. could be what you need to push your career forward.
The nonprofit management track in the Bloch M.P.A. is ranked among the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The program is available in both the traditional M.P.A. format and an accelerated Executive format.
Best of all, eligible UMKC employees may receive a 75 percent reduction in tuition and educational fees for up to six credit hours per semester (three credit hours during summer session).
Valuable Skills Gained through an M.P.A.
- research design and analysis applicable for the workplace
- quantitative and qualitative data analysis and proficiency in using SPSS statistical software
- critical analysis and communication of research findings and recognition of faulty research and analysis
- public sector financial control and accountability systems
- tools of financial analysis including business math and financial statement analysis
- use of MS Excel to prepare basic budgets and financial reports
- leadership skills and style, and the implications of these for exercise of public service leadership
- policy analysis and program evaluation
- cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, and outcomes evaluation and analysis of policy and programs
- understanding of organizations, the environment and organizational issues, problems, and/or ethical considerations and understanding of the complexity of real life organizations and management
- human resource management and managerial decision-making
- organizational effectiveness, and how strategic management contributes to organizational performance and effectiveness
- core theoretical concepts and commonly-used strategies central to the development and implementation of team-based work strategies (including self-managed and high-performing teams) and inter-organizational alliances, collaborations
- capacity to lead effectively in public service settings, including increased understanding of the implications of their style, skills, and abilities for the successful exercise of public service leadership.
- a framework of key concepts of leadership in public service organizations, both government and non-profit*
- successful exercise of leadership and management in public service organizations*
- the principles and practices associated with change process leadership and group facilitation methods that can be especially useful in enabling the implementation of such innovations*
Look around! Bloch M.P.A. graduates are everywhere.
Here are some of your UMKC colleagues who have earned an M.P.A. at Bloch:
Robert A. Simmons; Associate Vice Chancellor, Administration
Nancy Wilkinson, Director, Bloch School Student Services
Mark Mattison, Advancement Officer, Libraries
Shannee Steinmeier, Coordinator, Alumni & Constituent Relations
Chiluba Musonda, Building Operations Coordinator, Student Union
Donna Leonard, Procurement Director, Mizzou Center at Blue Springs;
University of Missouri Systems
David Boutros, University Archivist
Pamela Roffol Dobies, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor;
Director, Bloch Career Network
Kristi Lewczenko, Marketing Director, UMKC Theatre.
Cynthia Eick McDonald, Academic Advisor, UMKC
Michelle Richmond, Head Cutter, Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kathleen A. Schweitzberger, Head of Metadata and Cataloging, University Libraries
Asia Williams, Academic Advisor, Bloch School Student Services
Murray Blackwelder, President, UMKC Foundation
Jana Boschert, Advancement Director, School of Pharmacy (currently enrolled in the Executive M.P.A. program)
“Immediately upon starting the program, I knew it was exactly where I need to be and what I wanted to do. Everything I learned I was, and still am, able to apply directly to my job. I am better able to strategically assist our Governing Board and make informed decisions and plans because of the M.P.A. program as a whole.”
Coordinator, Alumni & Constituent Relations
“Each one of my classes enabled me to not only have a better understanding of how the Non-profit sector works, but more importantly how effective, collaborative and compassionate leadership carries the day. Regardless of the field that one decides to pursue, the MPA program provides students and working professionals the necessary tools to becoming an effective leader and contributing member in the community.”
Chiluba J. Musonda
Student Union Building Operations Coordinator