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Executive Master of Public Administration

"Leaders create the kind of visions that generate passion, build support, test courage, and ultimately succeed in transforming visions into lasting legacies for future generations." - Senator Mark O. Hatfield

• Currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 cohort. Learn more!

Attend an information session at Washington County: Thursday, June 9th, 12:00-1:00.

Preparing for Tomorrow's Leadership Challenges

The vitality of the public sector cannot be taken for granted. It requires creative approaches to leadership development as well as heightened efforts to develop the next generation of professional, managerial, and leadership talent. Our Executive MPA (EMPA) program—one of only two fully accredited EMPA programs in the country—equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced leadership roles in public service.

EMPA Program Benefits Include:

  • Unique Leadership Model - central to the EMPA curriculum is a proven leadership model, tested for over 20 years in the U.S., Japan, Vietnam, and Korea.
  • Saturday Class Sessions - weekend classes make it convenient for working professionals to attend.
  • Cohort Learning Experience - students benefit from the rich and varied experiences of their peers.
  • Faculty and Staff Advisors  - each cohort has a mentor to provide guidance through the program, and each student works closely with a faculty advisor on a management challenge pertaining to their particular organization and goals.
  • The Center for Public Service - students gain access to the wealth of the Center's resources and activities and become life-long members of a strong community of public service leaders.


  • We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 cohort! The priority application deadline has passed, however, we will continue accepting applications based on available space in the cohort. Please contact us if you are considering applying. The application will close on July 1st.
  • Save the date: The CUPA Hooding Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 10th, 11:00am-2:00pm, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.


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