The Master of Public Administration Program at University of West Georgia is a professional degree program that relates academic study to administrative practice. The curriculum is designed for those individuals who are either now in the public service or who are seeking a career in government or nonprofit agencies.
The MPA program is designed: (1) to augment the skills and knowledge of those already in the public service; (2) to provide a professional graduate degree program to meet the growing need for many additional skilled, knowledgeable public administrators; (3) to encourage students to pursue careers in government by providing public administration education; and (4) to equip superior students for research and study at the doctoral level.
The Elective Track (12 hours): With the approval of the program advisor, each student must select 12 hours beyond the core courses. The track courses can be taken from a variety of departments. Generally, electives should form a coherent whole. Examples of track emphases include planning, management, and particular areas of public policy. Students not working in the public sector will take a Public Administration Internship in lieu of one elective class.
The Comprehensive Research Project (3 hours) is taken at the completion of the degree program. A research paper analyzing a policy or program in Public Administration will be completed by the student.
Method of Delivery
Courses are 100% face-to-face
Credit & Transfer
- Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
- Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Program-specific Admittance Guidelines
- GRE total score of at least 800
- GPA of at least 2.5.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of generalist management techniques and skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linkage between theory and practice.
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