Application For The Master Of Public Administration

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Two years ago, I was writing a statement of purpose for my application to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, revealing my failures, and most significantly, that I felt I lost my passion and didn’t know where to start. I also conceded that I was relatively unaware of the field of public administration (PA). Little did I know, examining PA theories would enable me to connect the final dots in the big picture of my life, where I came from, who I’d come to be, what choices I’d made, the relationships I nurtured, and my dreams and goals for the future. Although confidence came slowly and awkwardly, I discovered my desire to contribute to the advancement of public health policies. I am writing to express my interest in continuing to the Doctoral program in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) with a specialization in public policy. I am steadfast in my commitment to the advancement of knowledge, and confident my experience in higher education and academic research will contribute to my successful completion of the Ph.D. program. Awareness of my intellectual growth during my MPA happened between two of Dr. Blair’s courses, Policy Design and Implementation and Public Policy Evaluation. At the beginning of my MPA, I was overwhelmed with new beliefs and perspectives; I felt like an outsider, not having the same real-world management experience as many of my peers to communicate with and show understanding, and lacked confidence that my theoretical knowledge was relevant. Over that first summer, I took the opportunity to read Dwight Waldo’s The Study of Public Administration, and I connected with the idea that public administration ... ... middle of paper ... ...years, is continuing on this path to advance knowledge in the field of program planning and implementation research to build healthy communities. However, the focus of my work will always been on public policy. I had not realized how far I had come in two years until I started writing it down. I slowly discovered through Waldo’s simple assertion, “Who should study public administration? The answer to this question is: Everyone – but in varying ways and with varying intensity.” I firmly believe that I have the critical thinking skills and capacities necessary to succeed in the School of Public Administration’s Doctoral program. I value leadership, hard work, honesty, humility, and learning from our experiences. My strong desire to contribute to the advancement of public health policies drives me to succeed and to accomplish my goals. Thank you for your consideration.
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