Trevecca to offer new master’s program in public administration

Preparing graduates for leadership and service is a key component of Trevecca’s mission. It’s also a chief reason the University is launching a new degree program, the Master of Public Administration (MPA).

“This new program builds on Trevecca’s long tradition of shaping servant leaders who seek to make a difference in the lives of others through service in the public sector,” said Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca’s president, pointing to graduates such as Brad Turner, current commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Cindy Gillespie, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services; and Jeremy Harrell, a seasoned campaign strategist with the Stones River Group.

“The MPA program will allow us to equip graduates to make an impact in their communities long into the future,” Boone continued.

The master’s program, which will be offered entirely online, is designed to prepare graduates to make a difference at the local, state and national level through their work in government, nonprofits and the private sector.

“Our society desperately needs uniquely qualified servant leaders in the public sector to transform policies and resource management approaches,” said Dr. Phil Rickard, program director. “The Trevecca MPA program will prepare students to excel in this arena through the comprehension of biblical ethical approaches [by implementing] proven strategic business applications to public administration.”

The curriculum, built on a foundation that includes leadership training, communication skills and administrative concepts, will challenge students to examine public policy as well as the roles and responsibilities of state and local government. Students can complete the 36-credit-hour degree program in as few as 18 months.

Students can choose to specialize in one of five concentrations, such as health care, data analytics, project management, human resources, and management and leadership. According to Rickard, graduates will be prepared to serve in a variety of government, nonprofit and public sector roles, ranging from elected officials to communications director and policy analyst.

“The MPA degree will facilitate elevated stewardship for our graduates in a variety of administrative roles,” Rickard said. “Our graduates will be capable of discerning those circumstances requiring shrewd decisions as well as delicate governing situations.”

The first cohort will begin on May 12, 2020. To learn more about Trevecca’s Master of Public Administration program, visit

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