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The 21st century is a period of extraordinary change. This paper presents the case of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program as a values-based graduate professional degree program and argues that a values-based curriculum grounds students in public service values and provides key preparation as they assume their professional roles in changing times. 1 While during the 20th century many public administration scholars eschewed values in favor of positivism, as we discuss, history hasdoi:10.1080/15236803.2011.12001663 fatcat:4hc73l755betxjw3blxvcndpg4