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Public Administration Master's Degree

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration is designed to provide both advanced theoretical perspectives and practical training for governmental, not-for-profit, and community development leaders, with special emphasis on theories and practices of public leadership. To accomplish this goal, the degree aims at two general audiences: traditional students with bachelor’s degrees looking for training to enter the public service and students already in a governmental or public organization seeking to further enhance their skills.

MPA Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • GRE Scores of 295 (verbal and quantitative combined) or above *OR the equivalent of three or more years of full-time professional experience in public, nonprofit, or for-profit organizations
  • Three letters of recommendation

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • GRE Scores of 287 - 294 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Completion of Graduate Courses
    • Current or previous professional service in governmental, public service, non-profit, or for for profit organizations 
The final decision regarding admission will be made by the Public Administration Leadership Coordinator.

MPA Requirements

  • Students must complete 36 semester credit hours to earn a MPA
  • Students must complete seven common core courses
  • Remaining coursework includes five elective courses from the following: MPAL 6310, MPAL 6350, MPAL 6370, MPAL 6389, MPAL 6390, MPAL 6391 or MPAL 6395
  • The MPA program is a non-thesis degree