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Public Policy and Administration

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Offering programs engaged in graduate level education in public policy and administration and a range of research and training activities.

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Master of Public Administration

The MPA degree offered through Public Policy and Administration, is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NSPPAA, formerly known as NASPAA). This program is one of only nine programs accredited by NSPPAA in Idaho, surrounding states, and the Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming.


Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration

The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration will prepare students for a variety of career choices including administration in public and nonprofit organizations; policy research in natural resource, environmental and other areas of public policy. The doctorate builds on a nationally accredited master’s degree program in public administration. Download the flier for the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration Degree.


Dispute Resolution

The undergraduate 12-credit Dispute Resolution Certificate Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in mediation and interpersonal conflict management.

Conflict Management

The graduate-level 12-credit Conflict Management Certificate Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in interpersonal conflict management, group and intercultural conflict management, negotiation, and mediation.

Nonprofit Administration

The 18-credit graduate certificate draws upon interdisciplinary coursework to assist working professionals and students hone management and leadership skills and policy development expertise.

  • Leslie Alm, PhD
    Leslie Alm, Distinguished Professor

    Professor Alm’s background includes training in quantitative methods and political social research. His research interests involve the link between science and environmental policy. Professor Alm is currently working on a research project with Boise State Assistant Professor Amanda Ashley. Emphasizing the unique western metropolis identities shared by Calgary Canada and Boise Idaho, this comparative study surveys city planners to uncover expert-driven perspectives. Planners in both cities believe that western regional identity influences urban development policy in powerful ways. While these cities share similar opinions on many aspects of their work, survey results suggest that place distinctively affects their thoughts and ideas. His favorite thing about teaching in the Department of Public Policy and Administration is getting to work with the “brightest and most motivated people” in his classes. The students entering the MPA program continue to amaze him. This gives him confidence in the future, especially as more of the department’s graduates move into full time positions in the public sector. When he is not teaching or conducting research, Professor Alm stays active by running, biking and hiking. He also enjoys reading in his spare time and taking naps.

  • Elizabeth Fredericksen, PhD
    Elizabeth Fredericksen, Professor

    Dr. Fredericksen teaches courses on government administration and organization, public personnel administration, ethics and grant writing. She recently finished writing a second edition of Human Resource Management: The Public Service Perspective, with her co-authors Stephanie Witt and Nicholas Lovrich. Dr. Fredericksen has an ongoing interest in projects related to workplace aggression. Currently she is working on a third edition of The Politics of Intergovernmental Relations with Stephanie Witt and David Nice. When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she referred to the diversity of students who come from so many different disciplines and professional backgrounds. “I learn from them in every class and can then bring those new insights to my research and future classes.” When she is not teaching or conducting research, she loves watching her son play baseball and basketball. She enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing with her husband. In addition to her academic work, she also does a bit of fiction writing.

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    Gregory Hill, Associate Professor

    Gregory Hill is Director of the Idaho Policy Institute. His academic interests involve public administration, management, immigration policy, and policy theory. His interests center on public management, administration, and policy theory and immigration policy. He has extensive survey and research experience in the academic, public, and private sectors. His favorite thing about teaching in the DPPA is interacting with the students. He says the learning environment is exciting because students are engaged, committed to learning, and being successful. When Dr. Hill is not writing or teaching, he likes to spend time with his family. They enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing all over Idaho. He is also a huge sports fan. You can find him cheering on the Boise State Broncos, the Chicago Cubs and the Texas A&M Aggies.

  • Jen Schneider, PhD
    Jen Schneider, Associate Professor

    Jen Schneider is the Director of the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program. Her research involves challenges in public communication of scientific and environmental controversies. Dr. Schneider recently co-authored a book, Coal Industry Rhetoric in an Age of Neoliberalism, which considers information campaigns initiated by the coal industry in face of losing market share to natural gas and increasing regulation. She is also revising another co-authored book, The Joy of Science, about the challenges academic scientists, social scientists, and engineers face in balancing their work with their personal lives. Her favorite things about teaching have been interacting with students and colleagues. She enjoys how enthusiastic and engaged the students are when they come to class. When she is not teaching or conducting research, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves to travel, spend time outside, swimming in mountain lakes and going to the gym.

  • John Freemuth, PhD
    John Freemuth, Professor

    Professor Freemuth is the Executive Director of the Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy. His primary academic interests focus on the relationship between science and public policy as it relates to issues surrounding public lands in the United States. He recently finished writing and editing a new book with Zachary Smith of UC Boulder, Environmental Politics and Policy in the West. He is also working with the Bureau of Land Management and Boise State’s Andrus Center on public policy issues involving sage grouse. Professor Freemuth enjoys serious students who bring a great deal of insight and experience to the classroom. When he is not teaching, he enjoys running, reading fiction novels and watching his son play soccer.

  • Monica Hubbard, PhD
    Monica Hubbard, Assistant Professor

    Monica Hubbard’s research interests involve water resources, emerging technologies, natural disasters, and energy. Dr. Hubbard is currently working on several research activities, including a statewide assessment of the public’s perspective on water resources, evaluating land use change in the treasure valley, stakeholder engagement around water resources, and repurposing of wastewater for irrigation. Her favorite thing about teaching is the students. She enjoys learning new things from their unique perspectives. When she is not teaching, she loves being outdoors. Her favorite outdoor activities include skiing, hiking, running, and mountain biking.

  • Stephanie Witt, PhD
    Stephanie Witt, Professor

    Stephanie Witt is the MPA Program Director and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. She has taught in both the Department of Public Policy and Administration as well as the Political Science Department at Boise State University. In addition to teaching, she served as Director of the Public Policy Research Center from 2006-2011. Dr. Witt is currently working on two projects that consider the relationships between Native American tribal governments and U.S. counties. Additionally, she is beginning to work on a new edition of the Politics of Intergovernmental Relations with Elizabeth Fredericksen and David Nice. She enjoys working with students and organizing material for student learning. Her favorite part of teaching is working with students as they figure out how to tie public policy and administration theory to practice. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking with her dog in the foothills, and riding her Can Am Spyder motorcycle.

Want to Govern? Survey Says, Attend Policy School

Senior public officials in state and local government say graduate school prepared them for their current careers, according to a new Governing Exchange survey. Read more in Governing The States and Localities , 7/24/14