The Master's of Public Administration is a professional degree program that integrates theory and real-world practice of public administration to prepare you for work in the public or nonprofit sectors. Students enter the program from a wide variety of undergraduate majors and backgrounds. We welcome potential students of all ages and backgrounds to apply; many of our current students are working professionals themselves.
This highly marketable degree produces leaders who have the skills and passion to become effective administrators in the public sector. Despite the economy's ups and downs, demand remains high for skilled and trained public administration professionals. Urban Planning was even named a "Hot Job for the 21st Century" by the US Department of Labor. Let our education strengthen your future.
Our mission is to develop ethical professionals and leaders committed to the public interest, and capable of making significant contributions to the practice and scholarship of public and non-profit administration.
Our Master's of Public Administration Program offers three distinct concentrations:
- City management
- Planning and development
- Public financial management
This is an interdisciplinary program which has two broad objectives: (1) to develop the managerial and technical skills to necessary for the effective administration of urban and social services, and (2) to develop a professional understanding of the values and social conflicts inherent in creating and administering public policy. This program provides a basic preparation in the skills and concepts that are necessary to deal with the challenges and issues relevant to urban public policy and public service management careers.
What our graduates have chosen in the past:
Over 90 percent of our MPA alumni are currently employed in some aspect of public administration. Over two-thirds of those positions are in urban administration. Approximately a third of the alumni are city managers or municipal administrators. Others hold positions as planners, financial and personnel officers, federal and state civil servants, leading non-profit organizations, or work in the private sector.
A student applying to the MPA program must meet both the requirements for admission to the university as a graduate student and the admission of criteria for the program. The student must submit transcripts of all academic work previously completed, scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and 3 letters of recommendation.
Admission criteria include satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, satisfactory GRE scores, and 3 letters of recommendation. Questions about admission requirements should be directed to the MPA director, Dr.David Briley.
Students admitted to other graduate programs in the university may enroll in public administration courses (prefixes PMGT and URBS), if they have completed the prerequisites if any.
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Last updated January 30, 2018