School and Program Mission Statements

The Trachtenberg School enhances the quality of democratic governance. We equip aspiring and current public service professionals coming from wide-ranging backgrounds with the tools to analyze policy and lead and manage organizations and teams. Our faculty’s scholarship informs debate on current and emerging policy and administration issues. We foster effective teaching to prepare students for active and reflective engagement in pursuit of the public interest.  

We value: respect for differences of all kinds, social equity, kindness, collaboration, fairness, civility, humility and inclusivity


MPA Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration program at the Trachtenberg School prepares students for leading and managing public service organizations and programs in all sectors.


MPP Mission Statement

The Master of Public Policy program at the Trachtenberg School prepares students for leading, managing, and conducting public policy analysis, evaluation, and research in all sectors. 


Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Mission Statement

The ENRP MA program prepares students for environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Our students are able to work at the intersection of the natural and human worlds on a broad and ever-evolving set of issues such as climate change, urban sustainability, biodiversity, environmental justice, land, air, and water pollution, renewable and nonrenewable resource use, and food and agriculture.


PhD Mission Statement

The multidisciplinary PhD program in Public Policy and Administration is designed to develop a range of competencies needed to undertake sophisticated research in public policy and public administration. Fundamental to the development of these competencies is a mastery of subjects in multiple academic disciplines, including politics, economics and quantitative and/or qualitative methods in policy research. Built upon the diversity and strengths of academic departments and faculty distributed throughout the Trachtenberg School and the University community, the programs offers an exceptional education across these disciplines.