The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit organizations. With specialized concentrations in public management and nonprofit administration, students have the ability to develop technical skills and expertise in these important and growing areas. The MPA program’s curriculum is designed to appeal to both pre-service students seeking entry-level management positions and in-service professionals interested in opportunities for further intellectual growth and career advancement. An integrated program of study teaches public administration through a carefully planned curriculum organized around a set of core management courses, a chosen program concentration, and a field internship. The program of study culminates in a comprehensive examination. Graduates of the program are skilled in applying theory and analyzing data to solve real-world problems in management and public policy. The MPA program is housed in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies, which serves as a focal point for a scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the fields of Public Administration and Policy.
Regular Admission Requirements
- Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting association.
- A 2.75 (4.0) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
- Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are not required to submit exam scores.
- A current resume detailing relevant work experience.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
- Statement of career goals and objectives.
- OR Completion of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit management with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.
Provisional Admission Requirements
In the following circumstances, applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted:
- Provisional admission will be considered for applicants who do not meet one or more of the academic requirements listed above if strong evidence of ability to perform well in graduate work is provided through references to work experience or other means.
In cases of incomplete admission applications, an applicant must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and will be restricted to a maximum of three courses without gaining provisional or regular admission status.
Degree Requirements: 39 Credit Hours
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The next step towards a rewarding career in public service
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is an excellent option for anyone interested in pursuing a career or furthering their knowledge and skills in the area of public management at the local, state, or federal level or nonprofit administration.
Benefits of the MPA program at Georgia Southern
- Small seminar classes
- Classes that provide ‘real world’ knowledge & experience
- Concentrated programs of study
- Most classes conveniently scheduled in the evening
- Dedicated MPA faculty committed to student development and success
- Paid Graduate Assistantships & other financial assistance
- The network of Georgia Southern MPA alumni
MPA Student Learning Outcomes
- Using the major theories underlying the field of public administration students can synthesize relevant information to address public problems.
- Students can articulate and apply a public service perspective in their demonstrated knowledge of the structure, components, goals, and objectives of the public and nonprofit sectors.
- Students are able to participate in the public policy process through analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence to determine the effectiveness of public policy or program.
- Students are able to describe the public policy process and the administrator’s role in that process.
- Students are able to identify ethical problems in public administration, assess the nuances and ambiguities of those ethical problems, and create appropriate solutions using moral reasoning skills.
- Students will participate in and contribute to the policy process through preparation and analysis of a public budget in order to lead and manage in public governance.
- Students can manage the major components of a personnel system within an organizational setting, understand the nuances of effectively motivating and managing personnel, and communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
The MPA program’s learning outcomes align with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) universal required competencies. The required competencies include five domains:
- to lead and manage in public governance;
- to participate in and contribute to the policy process;
- to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
- to articulate and apply a public service perspective;
- to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
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