MPA program ranked 37th in the nation

ValueColleges has ranked Upper Iowa University as the 37th best value in online MPA (Master of Public Administration) programming in the nation. UIU was the only Iowa university to be ranked in the top 50.

In compiling the ValueColleges ranking, only regionally-accredited, reputable schools were considered. The 50 Best Values ranking gave special bonus credit to those programs with NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) accreditation. The final ranking was calculated from a formula taking into account:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranking
  • College Scorecard salary data
  • Cost per credit hour (as stated on school website)

ValueColleges noted major initiatives over the last decade have brought UIU to national attention, not only as a military-friendly institution and a regional favorite, but also for its well-designed online education opportunities.

The ValueColleges report stated, “UIU’s online MPA program is designed specifically for adult learners to negotiate around their work schedules, bringing top-quality public policy and management education to the region. UIU’s online MPA is taught by experienced professionals and requires no residency, and UIU’s low tuition, especially for a private university, have helped UIU win notice as a best value across the U.S.”

ValueColleges offers meticulously researched, straightforward, and practical answers to commonly asked questions about value and affordability when making college decisions. By creating feature articles clearing up misconceptions and confusion about college costs and benefits, as well as compiling numerical rankings of institutions and degree programs, ValueColleges helps college-bound learners choose financially responsible paths.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts significant growth over the next decade in the field of public administration, as the need for experienced, capable managers, administrators, and leaders becomes ever more critical. As the need for upper-level professionals grows, so does the need for higher degrees to weed out the applicants. Working professionals in public service positions are looking for credentials to prove their fitness for promotion, and young graduates just coming out of school need to compete; in both cases, the Master of Public Administration is the standard.

For additional information on Upper Iowa University’s MPA online program, visit

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