Marvin Andrews Graduate Program in Urban Management
The Marvin Andrews Graduate Program in Urban Management is offered by the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University in cooperation with the Arizona City Management Association. The program offers a special focus on the process of management innovation and a unique blend of theory and practice.
The program, which leads to a Masters degree in Public Administration is designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government by providing a unique combination of classroom learning, internship assignments, mentoring, and professional development.
The Marvin Andrews Fellows work in the Center as management interns and are simultaneously enrolled in the MPA degree program. In the first year of employment, the management interns monitor and report on innovative practices in local governments across the country and contribute to the research activities of the Alliance for Innovation. In the second year, they are assigned to local governments in the region to conduct projects that improve policy and management in their host government. Their activities draw on and contribute to the research and service program of the Center and the Alliance. Upon completion of two years of employment and the MPA degree, the Marvin Andrews Fellows seek positions in local government. They are highly prepared with strong education, extensive knowledge of local government innovation, and experience in converting research into action. The Marvin Andrews fellows will contribute critically needed talent at a time of widespread generational turnover in local government leadership.