The Master of Public Affairs degree program prepares/trains the next generation of public managers, administrators, policy makers and analysts who:
•    stem from a wide range of sociodemographic backgrounds and interests;
•    embrace the public service values of public affairs, policy, and administration;
•    can analyze, develop and implement programs and policies that serve the public interest;
•    have the knowledge and skills to effectively and fairly manage and lead government and non-profit agencies and their staff;
•    serve their employers, profession and communities by promoting good governance, sound investments, sustainability, resilience, equity and justice;
•    have successful careers in public service, public administration, as well as nonprofit management in Iowa and beyond.

The program's mission is also to serve public and nonprofit sector agencies in the State of Iowa and beyond through student and faculty engagement with communities and through faculty research that advances public affairs, administration, and policy knowledge and practice.