Master of Public Administration

Montana State University Billings

Program Description

Master of Public Administration

Montana State University Billings

5 reasons to choose MSUB for this degree

  • Our graduates find public service careers at all levels of government and non-profit organizations
  • Nearly all classes are offered once a week in the evening to accommodate working students. Some classes may be offered online.
  • Low student/teacher ratio
  • Students develop skills in public management, leadership, and analysis
  • Students develop a broad understanding of governance

The purpose of the M.P.A. program is to prepare students for professional public service employment and to enhance the professional skills of mid-career public administrators. The MPA curriculum offers professional education in the areas of research methodology, program evaluation and policy analysis, organizational management, public budgeting and finance, public personnel administration, local government administration and public sector ethics. Most of the courses in this program are offered in the evening allowing for flexible completion of the program.


This program is designed as a 2-year full-time program, or a 3-year part-time program.


What can you do with a degree in Public Administration?

The M.P.A. degree is a typical requirement for entry-level administrative positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. Some possible careers include:

  • Policy Development
  • Program Analysis
  • Program Funding and Lobbying
  • Public Affairs
  • Budget Researcher
  • City Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Trade Association Executive
  • Information Systems Director
  • Security Supervisor
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Government Relations Officer

Entry Requirements

  1. Letter of application, which includes a personal statement of the applicant’s career goals and how the degree will be applied within those career goals
  2. Complete, official transcripts from all institutions attended
  3. Standardized graduate admission test (GRE)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic performance and potential for graduate study
  5. A vita or resume
  6. Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept., 2016
2 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept., 2016
USA Billings, Montana
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Duration 2 - 3 years
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